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Rio Lagartos Adventures

Birdwatching,Flyfishing,Photography, Flamingo &Crocodile boat trips in Rio Lagartos,Yucatan

Rio Lagartos Adventures
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Birdwatching Tours.
Crocodile Night Trips
FLYFISHING & LIGHT TACKLE
Trips for Photography
Beach and Snorkle trips
Sunset Tours
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"Ria Maya" Restaurant
Village of Rio Lagartos
Lodging in Rio Lagartos
Bio Reserve
Flora and Fauna
LIst of Mammals
Seaturtles
Reptiles
Amphibians
Fish species
Marine Invertebrates
Insect List
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Diego and Matildés Posada
The Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
Rio Lagartos,Yucatan, Mexico. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The rose colored water is the result of the tiny marine micro orgnisms. As the water in the salt ponds evaporates,their concentration increases and the water becomes redder.They are a main food source for Flamingos. The Beta Carotene they contain is the reason for the Flamingos’ color. Photo from the salt ponds(salinera) in Los Colorados.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Peten Mac is a fresh water spring
 at the end of the malecon in Rio
Lagartos which you can visit by a
boardwalk.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ESPAÑOL   

In 1979,Mexico established the

Rio Lagartos Bio-Reserve in the state of Yucatan.The reserve protects nearly 60,000 hectares(150,000 acres) of forest,dunes,

MANGROVES,estuary and beaches.

It includes the fishing villages of Rio Lagartos,San Felipe,

Las Colorados and El Cuyo.

388 Bird species(residents and

migratory) have been identified here along with 59 species of Mammals, and 80 species of Reptiles 99 species ofFish ,16Amphibians and a rich and diverse Flora.

VEGETATION ZONES AT RIO LAGARTOS

The 60 kilometers(35 miles) of beach is an important nesting site for Green and Hawksbill turtles (one of the three most important sites in the world) with ocassional visits from Loggerhead turtles.

SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION

The Maya knew the place as Holkoben and used it as a rest stop on their way to the nearby community ports for commerce in salt , (salt continues to be extracted, on a much vaster scale now).

Spanish explorers mistook the inlet for a river and crocs for aligators.

The conquistadors named

"Rio Lagartos" when they first

sighted "enormous reptiles

with large tails and huge jaws

in what they mistakenly thought was a river.

Over 43,000 Flamingos,have been counted along the Yucatan's coast,The majority nest and feed in the area of The Rio Lagartos

Reserve..

The eight vegetation zones that have been identified support a wide variety of life.

Very important among these are the petenes (fresh water springs in the midst of the savannas and wetlands.

FLOWERING PLANTS & FERNS

The fresh water ponds are

a gathering point for

spyder monkeys,deer and jaguars.

ANIMALS ASSOCIATED WITH SALTWATER

For a complete list of the Flora and Fauna in the Bio-Reserve See the Navigation bar.

Every year returning sea turtles

build build 800-1500 nests along a 22km stretch of coast.

The average Green turtle measures1.15m and weighs 100kg ,the largest measure about 1.5m and weigh 200kg

 

The average Hawksbill is 90cm and weighs 70kg.The largest measure 1.15 and weigh 100kg.

Loggerheads and Leatherback turtles (up to 2m) are occasional visitors

ALGAE FOUND ON BEACHES ALONG THE YUCATAN PENINSULA

 

Special bird events

 

YUCATAN BIRD FESTIVAL

 

FLAMINGO BANDING

 

RIO LAGARTOS CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT