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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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Getting Here
Flamingo Boat Tours
All about Flamingos
from Riviera Maya.
Bird Watching
Crocodile Night Trips
Trips for Photography
Sunset Tours
"Ria Maya" Restaurant
Village of Rio Lagartos
Lodging in Rio Lagartos
Bio Reserve
Group tours
About Us
Diego and Matildés Posada
Ria Maya Waterfront Lodge
Rio Lagartos,Yucatan is the home to Mexico's largest flock of Flamingos 40,000+  and 395 species of birds have been identified here.
We are the most experienced and recommended tour operators in
the Ria Lagartos Biosphere reserve.
All of our guides are licensed,trained and experienced. Our tours are longer and more
complete than our competitors who bring you only to the closest group of Flamingos.
We bring you to the feeding grounds
and the salt ponds.
Our tour is over 4ok(24 miles)  total and includes a stop at the beach and at the mud baths.
Tours are by reservation and
you decide the starting time
We use Paypal to prepay your trip.
We  recommend scheduling
the Deluxe and Standard Tours
to start before 9.00 am or after

We offer four  different tours especially for Flamingos.

Descriptions of the tours below


All of the tours below are private tours not shared tours.
Your group will have the boat to themselves!!
Make a reservation
Click here

Standard Flamingo Tour

This tour can be started  all day between 7.00 am to 5.00pm  

A standard  Flamingo Boat tour with us it
is more than just flamingos !
There are many species
of birds to be seen,crocodiles,a mud bath
and a swim at a beach nearby


BOAT,LICENSED AND EXPERIENCED GUIDE,STOP AT The MUD BATHS AND A SWIM   AT A NEARBY BEACH.We carry binoculars  and a bird book to share.We also carry a cooler with bottled water free of charge

PRICE IS PER BOAT $ 90.00 usd 

Reserve Entrance Fee (per person) $ 2.50

2 hours

Deluxe Flamingo Tour

This tour can be started as early as 6.00 am with the  last departure at  4.00pm 

The Deluxe flamingo boat tour gives you the opportunity to go further back into the mangroves and see more wildlife ,many more species of birds and enjoy more time at the beach or in the mud baths.We suggest an early start if possible.119usd 3 hours

These trips are slower and give you more time to explore the mangroves and  see more wildlife and species of birds (3 hours)

Sunset flamingo Tour 

Departure   at about  3.00pm depending on the sunset time. 

The Sunset Flamingo Tour starts about three hours before sunset and you will see the sunset
after visiting the Flamingo feeding grounds.
This is an excellent choice to make good photos.
Check with us on the starting time as the sunset time changes.
This tour does not include the mud bath
or swim because we are returning in darkness
 3 hours 119usd


Reserve Entrance Fee (per person) $ 2.50

Both Sunset and Deluxe Flamingo tours also include:
 Binoculars  and a bird book to share.We also carry a cooler with bottled water free of charge.


These trips are slower and give you more time to explore the mangroves and  see more wildlife and species of birds (3 hours)


The sunset flamingo tour does  not include a stop at the mud baths or the swim because we are returning in darkness.


Group Tour You Can Join!

This is exactly the same tour as our Standard flamingo tour

For travelers on a budget

or traveling alone we offer 1 tour each day that you can join.

The tour leaves at 2.00pm

and the cost is 25usd/person

the park entrance fee is 2.50usd

There is a two person minimum.

to make sure we cover expenses.

You may reserve at Ria Maya Restaurant any time before


But we  encourage you to reserve this tour

in advance to insure there is space.

We use Paypal for the reservation

in advance. . 


Flamingos can always be seen in Rio Lagartos.In the spring(Late April)

they gather by the thousands to

mate and nest in the biosphere reserve.After the nesting season they disperse along the coast in search of feeding opportunities.They do not migrate to and from the Yucatan.They are residents here.They  move along the Yucatan coast.They are Carribbean

flamingos-phoenicopertus ruber 

They rear their young in Rio Lagartos during the summer.During the winter many feed in the Bio Reserve. This is one of the major feeding areas in the Yucatan and flamingo can always be seen here. 


The flamingos can be seen all day but the best time (and best photos) is usually early in the morning(7.00am) and in the evening around sunset.

The Boats meet all Mexican Coast Guard safety requirements,We are allowed to carry only 6 passengers and the captain and we have commercial grade# 1 life jackets  on board for all persons .

All of our guides are licensed,trained and experienced



More  Flamingo information and flamingo photos-Click here


Birding and Photography tours link




  Jose Neptuno appearing after a mud bath(Bano Maya) in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve



Flamingo Boat Tours In Rio Lagartos,Yucatan


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The flamingo boat tours begin at the "Ria Maya" restaurante,on the waterfront in Rio Lagartos.


The well maintained launches are captained by experienced bird guides who will take you on a memorable boat ride to the feeding grounds of the flamingos(40km total).

43,000 Flamingos have been recorded in the Yucatan, the majority of which nest and feed in the Rio Lagartos area.

Along the way, your guides will point out and identify many of the species that live and visit the area such as:

Great Blue Heron,

Tiger heron,

Snowy Egrets,

Roseate Spoonbills,

Anhingas, Frigates

Common Black Hawks,

Osprey, Woodstorks,

Kingfishers and White Ibis.

A total of 395 species

 have been

counted in  Rio Lagartos.

Crocodiles are normally spotted each trip.

The return trip includes a stop at the salinera

(salt ponds) in

 Los Coloradas,

followed by a¨Baño Maya¨with white clay mud and the choice of a swim at a nearby beach or in a fresh water spring.

The trip ends at the restaurante"Ria Maya" Where you may enjoy fresh, locally caught, seafood and ceviches.Beer,wine and liquors are served in our Palapa roofed second story restaurant with the best views in Rio Lagartos


  Anhinga in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve.Anhingas are  relatives of cormorants




For flamingo and crocodile tours we  require payment in full with Paypal. Upon confirmation, we'll send you an invoice through Paypal in USD   for your reservation. You can pay us through your own Paypal account (preferable), or pay with a debit or credit card using the Paypal system. We take care of the 5% handling fee through PayPal.

Your PayPal receipt is your confirmation. We accept credit cards if you arrive without a reservation but much prefer cash in dollars or pesos.

Rio Lagartos Adventures
is a Pay Pal Verified Merchant.
Cancellation Policy:

In case of cancellation, there will be no refund but
with two days advance notice you can reschedule your Flamingo trip.