Of all the cool places to visit in the Yucatan Peninsula – and there are many! – this one is near the top of the list. Rio Lagartos is a biosphere reserve at the north end of the Peninsula, sort of between Cancun and Merida, but north of the highway that connects these two cities.
Like the other biosphere reserves on the Peninsula – especially the impressive Sian Kaan – Rio Lagartos offers a huge biodiversity, and many activities like bird-watching, fishing, boating, hiking and nature tours. There are also cenotes, the awe-inspiring pools created by the area’s sink holes.
But the most impressive part of Rio Lagartos is the flamingos.
The reserve is home to about 40,000 flamingos that have both their nesting grounds and year-round habitat here.
You can take a boat tour through various water water ways to arrive to the estuary where the flamingos are found. The sight is simply amazing:
Also, take a look at some of the nature:
Be sure to get the official tour with qualified guides; there are “unofficial” tours which are entirely safe, but you may not get to see the best places.
At the point where the biosphere reserve meets the beach there is also a traditional fisherman’s village. The village is relaxing and quaint, and a good place to have lunch or dinner.
Another amazing part about Rio Lagartos is that you can actually live here in a luxury eco home if you like! There are eco-lots with various options for home construction available just outside of the village.
Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a vacation, or for your new dream home, I suggest that you give Rio Lagartos a try!
-by Bea Lozano