Las Coloradas is located on the north coast of the Yucatan peninsula and is a fishing village that is extremely popular amongst tourists.
The breathtaking pink salt flats are a natural phenomenon that currently ranks highly as one of the most popular tourist destinations on any travel itinerary for international travelers.
The area had previously been experiencing issues between tour guides and staff of a salt company caused by a breach of agreements which led to protests and strikes at the local tourist center as recently as March of this year.
The tensions inevitably led to the closure of tourist offerings while both sides attempted to find some common ground, much to the disappointment of visitors who had been looking forward to seeing the stunning natural landscape.
With the Mexican Caribbean experiencing a record-breaking year in the tourism sector, the popular location experienced financial losses caused by the discontent that would have otherwise prospered due to the busyness of the vacation season.
Las Colaradas tourist park has now reportedly reactivated its activities, signifying an end to the conflict between both parties.
Tour guides have returned to their work, and service providers that would usually have been sold out over the summer period are officially returning to offer their services to eager tourists who want to experience the natural beauty of the area.
Óscar Correa Jiménez, head of Tourism Services at Parador stated, “The activities have been successful, and the most important thing is that we have experienced a positive response from both the foreign and national and local tourists”.
With both parties understanding the importance of their services, they were able to agree and collaborate with one another to meet the needs of tourists, as well as secure the economic future of the area.
With the popularity of the area showing no sign of slowing down, and with September still looking as though it will be a busy time with tourists booking in the quieter periods, the park is hosting a festival for both the visitors and local families to celebrate the area’s reactivation in the coming days.
So where is Las Colaradas, and what is there to do?
The area dates back to the ancient Mayan period, with the civilization living in the area and using the natural resources to build their cities and temples.
During the colonial era, the location became a port for the export of salt and wood, and the salt industry today still uses the area as a leading natural resource in the Yucatan peninsula, a huge contributor to the local economy.
The breathtaking salt flats are undoubtedly the main reason every tourist travels to this destination, which is pink in color caused by the presence of algae and other microorganisms that exist in the water.
The location is any photographer’s dream, with the pink waters acting as a remarkable backdrop for any tourist keen to get the perfect shot.
There are many touristic offerings at Las Coloradas, with the most popular being the boat trips that travel along the coastline, offering a unique look at the beauty of the area, with dolphins and sea turtles commonly sighted along the way.
Pink flamingos are another animal that can be seen at the location due to the birds being attracted to the organisms found in the water.
Of course, if you would rather stay on the land, the incredible beaches are a sun worshipper’s dream, with the opportunity to snorkel on the nearby reefs or just sleep under the golden sun.
Las Coloradas also acts as the perfect base for any intrepid traveler looking to explore the nearby colonial city of Valladolid or experience the breathtaking archaeological zone of Ek Salam, offering a never-ending list of must see’s for those who are interested.
Now that the disagreement between the tour guides and the salt company has been resolved, the area can resume as a top destination for visitors who are keen to see the natural beauty and history of the location and escape the more overcrowded and busy tourist destinations that everyone knows about.
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