Rio Lagartos Flamingo Preserve


ADULTS: $140.00 $125.00  KIDS (5-11): $110.00 $99.00 - YOU SAVE 10% !

Rio Lagartos is an ecological wonderland like few others, a magical place where flamingos outnumber people and natural salt baths flow from the earth.  Home to 375 different species of birds, Rio Lagartos is perhaps the greatest spot for birdwatching in all of Mexico.

Ek Balam is one of the great Mayan Ruins sites in the Yucatan.  Positioned at the Northern end of the Yucatan peninsula, Ek Balam is much less crowded than most major ruins sites, and is one of the few where you can still climb the great pyramid.

Rio Lagartos

Ek Balam

We'll start at Rio Lagartos, where we'll take a 2-hour boat ride through the mangrove-lined waterways, spotting dozens of varieties of birds and other wildlife.  This is a photographic safari like few others in the world, as we can see crocodiles, cranes, grey and white pelicans, ibises and of course the dazzling pink flamingos.

We'll stop to see the salt mines; approximately 12 miles of pink lakes, where we can relax and take photos.  After cooling off in the purifying waters, we'll enjoy a delicious Mayan lunch, including a choice of such entrees as shrimp crepes, fish fillet, grilled beef, omelets and grilled shrimp, served in a local fisherman's hut perched on the edge of the waterway where the boats gently sway in the breeze.

The next stop on your Yucatan adventure is Ek Balam, where we'll take approximately 45 minutes to tour the Mayan Ruins site, including the acropolis and it's amazing carvings and walls.  The last stop on the tour is the Mayan Village of Hunuku, where we'll have a chance to see and get to know the Mayan traditions, and see how the local people live today.


  • Round trip transportation from your Riviera Maya Hotel.

  • Small, Personal Groups for an Enlightening Experience

  • Multilingual Naturalist Guide

  • Entrance Fees to Ek Balam

  • Hot Cooked Lunch with Soft Drink

  • Boat Ride through Rio Lagartos

  • All Taxes

Bring: Swimsuit, Biodegradable Sunblock, Camera, comfortable shoes, extra clothes, towel, water, sunglasses, $3.00 per person for entrance fee to Rio Lagartos and extra money for souvenirs.

Schedule:  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  We can take groups of 6 or more on any day of the week.  Exact pick-up time will depend on the location of your hotel but will be shown on your confirmation. 

Duration: 11 hours approximately.

Departure: Complimentary Pickup from your Riviera Maya hotel, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum.

Kids:  All ages are welcome.  Kids prices apply to ages 5-11.  Kids under 5 are free.

To make a reservation:  Click "Book Now" at the top of the page.  You will receive a voucher via e-mail within 24 hours (in most cases) that you will print out and bring with you to the Riviera Maya.

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