Rio Lagartos Flamingo Preserve




The crystalline beauty of Rio Lagartos extends from the sparkling cyan-aqua waters of the lagoons to the pure tranquility where nature lives in harmony with humanity.  Pink flamingos fly across the calm waterways, crocodiles bask in the sunshine, and cranes stand one-legged, looking for their next meal.

This true ecotour will not only take you to explore the depths of the Rio Lagartos Biosphere, but to immerse yourself in the culture, traditions, and history of the Mayan people who occupy the Yucatan of Mexico.

Rio Lagartos Flamingo Preserve

Ria Maya Expedition

Your adventure begins with a visit to the colonial Mayan town of Tizimin, where your tour guide will help you experience the history of the village, the cultural aspects of the town such as the local marketplace where you can shop, and the majesty of the grand cathedral that dominates the square.

After a delicious authentic Mayan lunch, cooked at a locally owned and run restaurant, the exploration of Rio Lagartos will begin.  We'll take a 3 hour boat trip through the mangrove-lined waterways, while your tour guide helps you spot and identify numerous varieties of wildlife, such as flamingos, cranes, pelicans, crocodiles, and much more.  There are over 375 different types of birds that inhabit these secluded waterways.

Before the end of the tour, we'll engage in a Mayan purification ceremony, called bano maya, where we'll bathe in the natural salt baths, followed by a unique mud bath that will leave you cleansed and pure.  This is a different type of tour, one for experiencing the natural and cultural wonders of Mayaland.


  • Round trip transportation from your Riviera Maya Hotel.

  • Multilingual Naturalist Guide

  • Entrance Fees to Rio Lagartos

  • Hot-Cooked Mayan Lunch

  • Boat Ride through Rio Lagartos

  • Tour of Tizimin

  • Mayan Purification Ceremony

  • All Taxes

Bring: Swimsuit, Biodegradable Sunblock, Camera, comfortable shoes, extra clothes, towel, water, sunglasses and extra money for souvenirs.

Schedule:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Duration: 12.5 hours approximately.

Departure: Complimentary Pickup from your Playa del Carmen hotel.

Kids:  All ages are welcome.  Kids are the same price as adults.

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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