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“Awesome bird and crocodile wildlife adventure”

Rio Lagartos Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience The Natural Beauty of Rio Lagartos Bio-reserve,Yucatan with"Rio Lagartos Adventures". We specialize in Birdwatching,Flyfishing,Flamingo Tours,Crocodile night trips. Located at the Restaurant RIA MAYA , certified nature guides specialize in low impact eco-tourism to provide access to this beautiful wilderness. Our experienced guides are skilled in identifying the wildlife here. Flamingos,crocodiles, All time of birds . English, spanish and Italian speaking guides are available " the best in Nature Tours & eco tourism "
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 reviews
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“Awesome bird and crocodile wildlife adventure”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

I lined up this trip as a relaxing finish to a two-day adventure of hiking around Mayan pyramids and cenotes with my sons, 4 and 6. Diego Nunez, the proprietor, speaks good English and setting the trip up in advance by e-mail was a breeze. We stayed at Hotel Villa de Pescadores, a basic little hotel on the water, and got up at sunrise for the 7 a.m. departure. Rio Lagartos nature preserve is home to tens of thousands of flamingos this time of year, as well as frigate birds, snowy egrets, white and gray pelicans, many types of hawks and more varieties of heron than I knew existed (we saw tiger, little and great blues, and some others). Our guide knew where to find the birds, their names in English and Spanish and to drift slowly and circle around while I tried to get a good photo. We also saw crocodiles, which are food for birds as babies and then eat birds when they get bigger. This was perfect for little boys who are interested in nature. At about three hours they started getting antsy, since we left without breakfast, but we filled up at a great little restaurant across the street from where the boats tie up.

This was $75 well spent, and definitely worth the side trip. Thank you Diego, I'd recommend this trip for anyone.

Visited December 2011
Thank Oren D
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English first
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56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great Tour of the Lagoon and more.”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

I went with Rio Lagartos Adventures for a tour of the lagoon. The main attraction here is the flock of flamingos which I enjoyed very much. Most people go just for the nice boat ride and to see the flamingos. There are many tour operators here and most are ok for the average tourist but if you are a birder and want to see lots of species of birds, this is the tour for you. Our guide Diego knows the names of all the birds and where to find them. We saw Bare-throated Tiger Herons, Laughing Falcon, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Roseate Spoonbill, Common Black Hawk, Crested Cara Cara, Peregrin Flacon, Snowy Plover and many more. I highly recommend this tour. To add to your trip, I recommend staying at least one night or more in the quaint little fishing village of Rio Lagartos. I saw Wood Storks close up along the shore and was able to see flamingos and other birds right from my balcony of my hotel room. Lots of birds in the surrounding area as well.

Visited November 2011
Thank Find_Tom
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S. P. Cholula Pue Mx
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56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Flamingos and salinas”
Reviewed January 2, 2012

Its really so lovely to see the flamingos of Rio Lagartos. its a long tour, kind of expensive but its so nice to see those hundreds of animals stepping in the water and flying over the laguna. Make sure that your guide takes you further to the salina where they make salt. Did you know, that they put chemicals in the water so that the salt is not disapearing with rain? This water looks red! They told us its not harming anything, well I don't know, but the contrast of water coulorsand beaches is very intering to see. Don't miss it!

Visited January 2012
Thank MartinaMex
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great even with rain”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

Wedrove from Valladolid to rio Lagartos just for the day.. It was well worth the drive. Rio Largortos Adventures did an excellent job, hooking us up with Jose as our English speaking captain for a long boat ride. We saw many species of birds, including migrating white pelicans, flamingos, a ruby spoonbill, and many others expertly identified and pointed out by Jose. When we got "embraced" by a tropical storm, Jose pulled into the shelter of the mangroves to wait the storm out, then continue on our sight seeing mission. We returned wet, but happy for the experience.

Wear a swim suit, take towels and perhaps a rain jacket if weather threatens to be less than sunny.

Visited December 2011
Thank NCtraveler49463
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placerville, calif USA
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This is a true Mexican fishing village, with great tarpon fishing, birds and crocodiles, but is not luxurious.”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

Rio Lagartos is a small Yucatan fishing village that is the opposite of the luxurious, crowded and expensive Costa Maya. The lodging and restaurants are clean and simple and the wildlife and fishing are fabulous. Diego Nunez worked hard to find us crocodiles; My wife loved the flamingo tour and Diego put us in the middle of literally thousands of baby tarpon (15 lbs or so) that were quick to eat the fly. A perfect place to jump some tarpon

The restaurants close at 7:30 so keep some water and snacks. Rooms 1 and 18 at Hotel Tabasco Rio have refrigerators, microwaves and wine glasses and share an upstairs balcony, perfect for a cold beer at sunset

Thank drpierce
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