In Yucatán there are no true rivers above ground, only formations called rías, which are entries from the ocean to the coast, forming canals with abundant aquatic vegetation called mangroves. It is worthwhile exploring them; it is a unique experience. Declared “Biosphere Reserve,” with 60,000 hectares, Ría Lagartos, located 2.5 hours from Mérida (230 kms) and from Playa del Carmen, and 1.5 hours from Chichén Itzá, hosts the largest American flamingo population in México. They build their nests in the spring and summer. Its coastal lagoons are areas of seasonal rest and winter territory for flocks of migratory and local birds, with a current record of 388 different bird species in the area. The beaches offer habitat for nesting of Carey and white marine turtles.
The cooperative Río Lagartos Adventures is led by Diego Nuñez, naturalist and birding and fishing guide. The cooperative offers bird watching by boat and on land, Flamingo tours, crocodile night tours, and sport fishing / fly fishing. Diego Nuñez pioneered eco tourism in Río Lagartos. The cooperative is made up of the Nuñez, Marfil, Canul, Contreras, and Vallejos families, 100% local people. At the ISLA CONTOY restaurant, they have comfortable boats, kayaks, mountain bikes, and trained & certified guides, ready for you to enjoy the various tours offered in English, Spanish, or Italian. Río Lagartos Adventures offers nature tours, with 20 years experience guiding trips in the Ría Lagartos bio-reserve. They are located at the restaurant ISLA CONTOY, Calle 19 No. 134 x 14, on the waterfront. Cel. 9861 00 83 90. You can also enjoy delicious seafood here, the best spot to watch the sunset. Their 3 most popular tours are: boat tour to observe flamingos, night tour to observe crocodiles, and bird-watching tour (boat or land). www.riolagartosadventures.com Reservations: Cel. 986 100 8390 or www.riolagartosnaturetours.com Ask us about our posada: Diego & Matildé's Posada in Rio Lagartos It is located behind our house on a quiet street in Rio Lagartos. It is not on the water but it is just a short walk to the waterfront. We have 4 rooms. We built them as a service to our birding and fishing customers. They have all the modern conveniences including wireless, cable TV and air conditioning.
How to get there :
You can get to Río Lagartos via a travel agency, in a rented car or by bus. By car from Mérida drive east to Tizimín and then go north to Río Lagartos. There are a few hotels here, including the ones mentioned above, or you can stay at the Hotel San Felipe, in the quaint fishing town of the same name, 9 km. west of Río Lagartos: Tel. 986-862-2027. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hotels in Río Lagartos:
Hotel in San Felipe:
- Hotel San Felipe
9 km. west of Río Lagartos
Tel: (986) 862 2027