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“Rio Largartos” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rio Largartos Ecotours

Rio Largartos Ecotours
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Owner description: The Eco tour business is owned and operated by Diego Nunez and his sons. Diego is the most experienced bird guide,naturalist and fly fishing guide in the Bio reserve They offer flamingo tours,birdwatching by land or by boat,crocodile night tours, and light tackle and fly fishing for tarpon and the great variety of species available here. Reservations are important to insure we can serve you.
Southampton
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“Rio Largartos”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

This boat trip was included in our Mayan 7 day tour, and prior to arriving we were told that during this trip we could see Crocodiles, Pink Flamingos, Herons, Storks, Seagulls, Hawks. We managed to see all the birds plus more, but on this day the Crocodile failed to appear, which perhaps was a good thing, as towards the end of the ride, the boat stopped, and we were allowed to paddle in the warm, shallow waters where we picked up Horseshoe Crabs which are really strange things to look at, and actually hold in your hand. Our boat driver took us out to where the Gulf of Mexico water meets the Caribbean waters, and it was great to say you had been on both. All in all the actual trip lasted around 2 hours, and worth a visit

Visited December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Flamingos galore!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

We recently came back from the Mayan Riviera and did many excursions. We enjoyed them all. One that didn't have much pretence was the navigation through Ri@ Lagarto. We were not sure what to find. They told us we could see various birds and possibly Lagartos. We did see birds and no lagartos. The pink flamingos were the best sight. There were blue, white and grey herons, storks, many varieties of seagulls and some other local birds, such as the piqueros, hawks, etc.

We did this tour as part of the Ek-Balam tour and since we bought a package deal we paid $300 for three major tours. It was worth it. My husband and I enjoyed Rio Lagarto at the end of the journey. It was the late afternoon, when the sun begins to set down, the light was beautiful and perfect for photos. The river was calm and the boat driver got pretty close to the lovely flamingos. The driver and tour guide had a heavy accent and his English was not that great. I fell sorry for the two passengers who spoke only English. We were a group of 6 and four of us spoke Spanish. He was able to give us more info about the birds and their habitat. I personally didn't care much about too much info as most of the stuff can be found on the Internet. He did tell us some interesting facts about the birds we saw and the lagartos we didn't see.

The weather was just fabulous.

Our tour guide had told us to ask the boat driver to take us to the pink lagoon, Laguna Rosada. He said we had to see it. The boat driver refused to take us there and made an excuse. I was disappointed. He said it was dry but later on we found out he just didn't want to take us there. Oh, well, next time. Not a big issue for us.

The whole ride last about 30 mins and we enjoyed it. Good company, good conversation and majestic flamingos!

Visited October 2012
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Salmon Arm, Canada
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“Best day trip ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

We did this with friends and family, the drive was interesting as we passed thru some small villages and our tour guide was our friend who is very knowledgable and respectful of the culture and the land. Our boat guide found a horse shoe crab and explained to us that it was one of the oldest living crustations, he pointed out many bird species and some crocidile, he fed them fish so we got some fantastic photos. We floated in the dense salt pools and slathered our bodies with the clay, laughing at ourselves the whole time. The mangroves were mezmorizing and photogenic. The lunch we were served was very tasty and the portions were huge. Thank you Marlon every trip with you is FANASTICO

Visited October 2012
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pa
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“Expected more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

We did the eco-tour as part of of the Experincias Xcaret Ek Balam tour. Our tour guide mentioned that the boat driver would give a lot of educational and interesting info about the mangroves. He did not say a word to us the entire boat ride. The flamingos were pretty, but I would have rather spent that time at Ek Balkam or walking around Valladolid.

Visited July 2012
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Bury, United Kingdom
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“Fab Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

Visited Rio Largartos as part of a two stop one day trip. Started the trip with a speedboat ride through the magroves which was really enjoyable where we saw lots of different bird species. Ended up in the lagoon with lots of gorgeous pink flamingoes. Saw some horseshoe crabs which I have only ever seen on TV. Went onto the open salt mine where we floated very pleasantly for five minutes. After which we all got very plastered in white clay which we were told was very good for the skin, was very good for laughter! Taken into the Gulf of Mexico to wash it all off, and enjoyed a few minutes swimming. This area is not as crystal clear as the Caribbean sea but was as warm. We were then taken for a great lunch, Had a lovely guide who was so knowlegable - Martiza from I-Tours.

Visited July 2012
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