Rio Lagartos Adventures Reviews

Flamingo Tours , Crocodile Tours,Photography Tours ,Fly Fishing ,Light Tackle ,Bird Watching, 

​​Rio Lagartos  Adventures With Diego Nuñez & Son


We have dedicated ourselfves to Eco Tourism full time as  a family since 1995. Rio Lagartos Adventures is the most experienced and recommended tour operator in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere reserve. We have worked with the Bio Reserve,visiting scientists,journalists and Television to help promote,maintain and preserve this wonderful resource.

All of our guides are licensed , trained and experienced. Safety, comfort and a complete

nature experience are our  goals. We have well maintained ,safe and insured  boats. with lifejackets and VHF radios for safety.Bird Books ,binoculars and a cooler with ice and a cold bottled water.Boats have sunshades.

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. A total of 40 kmm round trip (24 miles)
 and includes a stop at the beach and at the mud baths. Along the way we encounter many species of birds and usually  Crocodiles. The guides are knowledgeable about the wildlife and skilled at pointing them out.

Unlike  many  inexperienced guides we follow all rules about disturbing wildlife.

Your choices for Flamingo Tours

Suggested start time 7-9am

English  or French speaking guide  included

Many nature lovers  who would like a longer tour sign up for the Nature Lovers   trip of 4 hours.These four hour tours with an experienced guide give even more time to explore and experience the Reserva de la Biosphera Rio Lagartos. You can decide how to spend the time. Looking for crocodiles, more species of birds or a bit more time on the beach or in the mudbaths (  169usd) plus 2.50 /person park entrance  fee

We offer 4 options for  Flamingo and ​Nature trips that are listed  below. We also offer special trips for  Photography  Birdwatching  and Crocodiles. Our tours are by reservation and you can choose your starting time. Reserving online will assure your choice of time with an English or French speaking guide. The choices we offer are below:We are not a high volume tour operator with waiting lines. We do not take reservations for shared tours.We do high quality custom tours with experienced guides that have a minimum impact on the environment.

Starting Times

2:30 in winter

​3.30 -4:30 spring and summer with later Sunsets

The sunset Flamingo tour is also three hours.It leaves the Ria Maya Restaurant 3 hours before sunset and returns just after dark. Check Sunset Time at this link

This tour does not include the Mud bath or stop at the beach as we are returning when it is nearly dark. We spend the extra time exploring and observing Flamingos and other species.

The boat is reserved for your group.

The price per boat(not per person)

The cost is 139 usd per boat(3 hours) plus a 2.50 usd park entrance fee/person    English or French speaking guide 25 usd 

Prices are per boat not per person.All the tours are by reservation,and the boats are reserved  for just your group. The tours include binoculars and a bird book to share. Cold bottled water and a cooler is provided. Payment is made in full by Paypal. When you confirm the time and trip you want we will send an invoice with Paypal to reserve your trip

Rio Lagartos,Yucatan is the home to Mexico's largest flock of Flamingos 40,000+  plus 395 species of birds have been identified 

All the tours include a stop at the mud baths for a Baño Maya and later a stop at the beach for a swim.

All tours start and end at Ria Maya


Deluxe Flamingo Tours

 Our tours are much more than just Flamingos!!!! .

Please use an experienced guide. Inexperienced unlicensed guides can disturb the Flamingos and other  wildlife.

Please observe  the rules about

feeding,approaching too closely and disturbing wildlife

Standard​​​​ ,Deluxe Tours,Sunset tours do not include include an English or French speaking guide.The cost for a French or English speaking guide is 25 usd. Photography ,Nature  Lovers tours and Birding tours include  a French or English  guide if arranged in advance. Reserve in advance to pick your time. Prices are for your group notprices per person. We do not combine groups in advance. We are not a high volume tour company with waiting lines for tours. We do high quality tours. Check our references on Trip Advisors


Nature Lovers Tour

Standard 2 hour tour​​

​Sunset Flamingo


The 2- hour tour is a chance  for a quick introduction  to the Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve. Much of the time is spent traveling to and from the Flamingo Feeding grounds.The tour includes a stop at the mud bath and at the beach but does not include an English speaking guide 

The cost is 100 usd for your a 2.50 usd /person park entrance fee .English speaking guide charge

25 usd

For  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  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 .


We do not visit the pink water at Los Colorados on our tours The color of the water is is caused by adding a chemical to the water to purify the salt .Link to real information

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 ruber 
They rear their young in Rio Lagartos during the summer and into the fall.During the winter many feed in the Bio Reserve. This is one of the major feeding areas in the Yucatan. Others disperse along the coast in  search of food. In some areas flamingos are seen only when food is available.  Flamingos can always be seen here. 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



​​​Choose your Starting time

Times before 9 am. give the best results but if you are traveling to get here we of course will schedule a trip later,Please mention the time you would like  when booking. 

The Deluxe Flamingo trip is slower and longer than the Standard Trip.  3 hours not 2 hours.Because of the travel time to the feeding grounds there is not much extra time to explore on a standard trip. The extra hour gives us more time to show you wildlife and bird species and bring you further into the mangroves.This tour also visits the feeding grounds,mud bath and stops at the beach for a refreshing swim.

The Tours are all by reservation 

The cost is 139 usd per boat.(3 hours)plus a 2.50 usd/park entrance fee

​English or French speaking guide  25 usd

Flamingo and Nature Tours in Rio Lagartos,Yucatan

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

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