Lagartos River is the best known population for tours through the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. Rio Lagartos is to stay a few days and discover the interesting options of the area.

River Lagartos is an excellent base to know the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reservewhose great icon is the Pink flamingo, where lives a colony of more than 40.000 flamingos. Its location within the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve makes it a privileged town next to San Felipe, The Coloradas and the farthest El Cuyo.

From all these towns, different tours and activities are organized by the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, each place has its particular charm. In none of these populations there are ATMs, banks are in Tizimín

Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Rio Lagartos:

River Lagartos is the town of 3272 inhabitants, the town that receives more tourism within the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, a visitor who likes nature and authentic destinations.

This quiet fishing village offers different accommodations y restaurants where to savor the riches of this sea. At Boardwalk of Río Lagartos the groups are grouped fishermen's cooperatives offering their tours by the Reserve by boat. Its strategic location means that from here the most demanded excursions of the Reserve leave. This has made Rio Lagartos have a greater variety of accommodation and services, it is the most developed population at a tourist level.

Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Excursions through the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve:

From Río Lagartos offer one of the more complete excursions In the area where you will see flamingos, other birds and local fauna, you will navigate through the mangrove and you will do the Mayan mud bath, one of the most demanded activities in Río Lagartos. Prices and duration: This tour lasts about 3 hours and the price of the boat is about 1,200 mxn. Other tours for the Reserve they take you to see crocodiles in the night, others to the beach to see the sunset, there are options for all tastes. One tip is to make the tour very early in the morning to enjoy the birds better, or late in the afternoon, for the same reason.

Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Lagartos River, sunsets in the 1 Gulf

What else to do in Rio Lagartos?

Nearby towns: There are two other interesting nearby towns. One is San Felipe from where they also make tours of the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, and the other The Coloradas, famous for its red salt flats and the pink flamingo that inhabits them.

Balneario de Chiquilá: only 2 kilometers from the center of Rio Lagartos is the Chiquilá spa, where an eye of water sweet, where the waters of the interior to the outside sprout. This place sheltered by mangroves es ideal to come to eat, make your picnic, swim in the eye of fresh water and walk the interpretive trails. Very local and authentic.

Cancunito Beach: road to The Coloradas There is one of the beaches to escape. The services offered have had better times and the beach is dirty, but you find your corner and you get caught with colors.

Petén Tucha: again on the way The Coloradas, in the 8-9 kilometer, There is an entrance that leads you to an interpretive trail of 2.5 kilometers. You can observe birds, some other animal like the spider monkey.

Cancunito beach, Ria lagartos Biosphere Reserve
Cancunito Beach

As you can see it is a very complete area, and there is no shortage Mayan ruins y cenotes on your way to Rio Lagartos. If you travel with time or you like to go out on weekends, let yourself fall in this area, you will surely enjoy the good life of the Yucatan coast, the Esmeralda.

Lagartos River, sunsets in the 2 Gulf

Lagartos River, population

LOCATION: Río Lagartos It is located in the state of Yucatan, in the Gulf of Mexico. At 219 km from the capital of Merida (two hours, 30 minutes), to 53 km from the city of Tizimin (30 minutes), to 102 from Valladolid (1 hour and a half) and 250 km of Cancun (3 hours).


HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Public transport from Tizimín arrives at Río Lagartos.

  • Bus timetable Tizimin

WHERE TO SLEEP: You find several accommodations. I recommend you the Hotel Villa de Pescadores.


WHAT TO BRING? Comfortable and light clothing, and hat to cover your head. From May to October the heat is hard. So protect yourself from the sun and do not forget your swimsuit.


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Lagartos River, sunsets in the 3 Gulf
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