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A photo guide to our planet's pink lakes
Posted on 10/07/2018


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This is where in the world you can see one of the planet's prettiest natural phenomena - pink lakes.

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  • 50 Shades of Pink
    50 Shades of Pink

    From Australia to Mexico, travelers are going mad for these scenic rosy lakes. The water may look like a strawberry milkshake, but the colouring is mostly caused by a less appetising cocktail of hectobacteria and brine shrimp, both of which have a reddish-pink pigment. The result of this bombastic mix is the vibrantly pink-coloured waters of lakes around the world that make for the perfect Instagram post.

  • Las Coloradas, Mexico
    Las Coloradas, Mexico

    Everything suggests that heaven is a place on Earth around this completely pink lagoon near the east coast of Yucatan Peninsula. As the lake is off the usual tourist track, with only a small fishing town with 1,000 inhabitants close by, visitors often have the white sands, blue skies and other-worldly pink salty water to themselves. The result? Top notch Instagram material.

  • Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
    Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

    Laguna Colorada (also known as the Red Lagoon) is a shallow salt lake situated in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve in southwest Bolivia. The more bloody reddish than pleasantly rosy colour of these waters is caused by red sendiments and pigmentation of some algae. The lake's borax islands' white colours contrast perfectly with the red of the lagoon. The flamingos that call Laguna Colorada home have the perfect camouflage there.

  • Lake Hillier, Australia
    Lake Hillier, Australia

    Situated on Middle Island, Lake Hillier, surrounded by a rim of sand dunes and dense woodland, is permanently pink. The vibrant colour of the water won't change even if you take it out. No one can actually confirm, however, why this lake actually looks more like a giant blob of bubble gum from the sky. The most likely explanation is that the colouration is caused by the presence of the organism dunaliella salina in combination with the salty water.

  • Lake Retba, Senegal
    Lake Retba, Senegal

    Lake Retba is almost as salty as the Dead Sea in Israel with its salt content of around 40%. That means that you can float quite easily in these waters, but for the sake of your skin you wouldn't want to stay in for too long. To pan the salt in the rosy waters workers smear butter oil over their skin to protect it. Since the bacteria painting the lake in pink does that by absorbing the sunlight, the shade on the surface depends on the amount of sunlight that strikes it.


Visiting these other-worldly pink lakes is guaranteed to become the highlight of your 2018 travels!