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Things to do in Río Lagartos, Mexico

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Riviera Maya: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip w/Lunch

1. Riviera Maya: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip w/Lunch

Visit Rio Lagartos, a small fishing village in a Nature Reserve and one of the natural treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula on a guided day trip. Enjoy a boat tour through its water canals surrounded by mangroves, where you can observe a variety of species of birds such as pink flamingos, herons, eagles, seagulls, pelicans, and cormorants. During the tour, pass under the bridge of Las Coloradas to get to the salt deposits and see different bodies of water involved in this process, some of which an eye-catching pink. Then, enjoy a Mayan Bath, covering the body in nutrient-rich clay. Next, head to an unspoiled beach to remove the clay in the crystal-clear water. Finally, enjoy a lunch of local fish-and-shellfish-based food.

From Cancun/Tulum/Riviera: Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos Tour

2. From Cancun/Tulum/Riviera: Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos Tour

Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas on a day trip from Playa del Carmen or Cancún. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and see them up close at a crocodile sanctuary. Marvel at the pink shades of the lagoons of Las Coloradas and watch the flamingos fly by. Travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to the neighboring state of Yucatán and the famous pink lakes of Las Coloradas. This is an area of untouched nature that will knock you out, the stunning views of Las Coloradas Yucatán have to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will explain the facts and folklore of the region. They will also help you get the best Instagram-worthy photos of this marvelous area of stunning natural beauty. Take a boat ride through the mangroves of a magnificent protected area. Keep a lookout for the crocodiles and the huge array of bird species, including cormorants, ospreys, herons, and pelicans. Rio Lagartos Yucatan is a bird watcher's paradise. Finally, stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks, and the main course of your choice. Choose between fresh fish, chicken, or a vegetarian dish. The food is fresh and delicious and a great way to refuel after all your adventures. Once you've had your fill, head back to your hotel after an incredible day trip in the Yucatán Peninsula.

From Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip & Lunch

3. From Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip & Lunch

Rio Lagartos is a small fishing village in a Nature Reserve; one of the natural treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula. Here we can enjoy a boat tour through its water canals surrounded by mangroves, where you can observe a variety of species of birds such as pink flamingos, herons, eagles, seagulls, pelicans, and cormorants. During the tour, we pass under the bridge of Las Coloradas to get to the salt deposits where we see different bodies of water involved in this process, some of which an eye-catching pink. Following, we will rejoice in the Mayan Bath, covering the body in nutrient-rich clay. Next, we’ll be heading to an unspoiled beach to remove the clay in the crystal water, where we will enjoy ourselves with the tasty local fish-and-shellfish-based food.

Playa del Carmen/Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Tour

4. Playa del Carmen/Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas on a day trip from Playa del Carmen or Cancún. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and see them up close at a crocodile sanctuary. Marvel at the pink shades of the lagoons of Las Coloradas and watch the flamingos fly by. Travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to the neighboring state of Yucatán and the famous pink lakes of Las Coloradas. This is an area of untouched nature that will knock you out, the stunning views of Las Coloradas Yucatán have to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will explain the facts and folklore of the region. They will also help you get the best Instagram-worthy photos of this marvelous area of stunning natural beauty. Take a boat ride through the mangroves of a magnificent protected area. Keep a lookout for the crocodiles and the huge array of bird species, including cormorants, ospreys, herons, and pelicans. Rio Lagartos Yucatan is a bird watcher's paradise. Finally, stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks, and the main course of your choice. Choose between fresh fish, chicken, or a vegetarian dish. The food is fresh and delicious and a great way to refuel after all your adventures. Once you've had your fill, head back to your hotel after an incredible day trip in the Yucatán Peninsula.

En Río Lagartos: Tour de Naturaleza en la Reserva Natural

5. En Río Lagartos: Tour de Naturaleza en la Reserva Natural

Rio lagartos es un poblado de pescadores de aproximadamente 4500 habitantes y forma parte de la Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Lagartos. La Reserva natural se localiza en el oriente Yucatán con una superficie de 60,347.82 hectáreas y presenta una gran diversidad de ambientes y escenarios naturales como los humedales, manglares y duna costera que alberga una rica diversidad de fauna silvestre. La actividad inicia en el poblado de Rio lagartos; el punto de encuentro es un establecimiento de información turística que se ubica en el malecón por lo que es necesario llegar por su cuenta a Rio lagartos para realizar el tour La actividad consiste en un recorrido en bote privado por el estuario de la Reserva de la Biosfera Ria lagartos, navegando por los canales de manglares para explorar y maravillarse de la diversidad de fauna en su habitad natural. La Reserva natural tiene mas de 320 especies de aves identificadas por mencionar algunas: garzas, pelicanos, colmoranes, águilas y fragatas etc. En este recorrido se visita el área de alimentación de las colonias de flamencos que es la atracción principal; se han elegido sitios especiales y de belleza natural para la observación de las colonias de flamencos. También en el recorrido hay la posibilidad de observar al cocodrilo moreletti en los manglares y Para finalizar la actividad se visita una playa virgen de color verde esmeralda de aguas cristalinas. El tour es realizado por un guía de naturaleza local que vive en Rio lagartos; el guía local les ayudara para identificar las especies de aves y les compartirá sus conocimientos sobre ecología de la Reserva natural La actividad esta desarrollada y dirigida para aquellas personas que desean saber mas sobre la vida silvestre y el entorno natural, la actividad esta enfocada al segmento de turismo de naturaleza y la interpretación ambiental

Rio Lagartos: River Boat Tour with Natural Mayan Bath

6. Rio Lagartos: River Boat Tour with Natural Mayan Bath

This activity consists of a boat tour through the Ría (Brazo de mar), 12 km of mangrove canals are traveled, upon arrival at the site, a hole is made in the ground to extract a fine white clay. This clay contains sulfur, salt minerals, and seaweed.The clay is applied on the body like a natural spa.The benefits for skin is to clean the impurities in the dermis and leaves the skin soft and smooth like baby skin with a rejuvenating feeling.To end the experience, visit the emerald green Rio Lagartos beach to swim and remove the mud from the body.

Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

7. Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

See the beauty of Rio Lagartos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems such as mangroves, forests, lagoons, and more. Admire the pink lakes at Las Coloradas on this full-day tour too. Begin with an early pickup from accommodation in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. From there, you’ll make your way to the busy town of Valladolid for a cup of coffee and a snack. Head to Rio Lagartos after a brief pit stop, and upon arrival, skip the crowds and board a private boat to enjoy the scenery of the reserve. Cruise around the reserve with a friendly guide pointing out the numerous local flora and fauna, potentially catching glimpses of flamingos, pelicans, sea turtles, and crocodiles. Stop by the beautiful pink lakes at Las Coloradas (the color of the water depends on weather and chemical conditions) and snap a few photos. After, enjoy a stop for lunch before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Río Lagartos, Mexico

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 114 reviews

The tour was very well organized and it was very nice. - the guide, Carlos, was very friendly and he was worried that everyone was good. I particularly liked him because he was calm and not pushy - las coloradas: it is interesting place, the guided there don’t speak English very well, but I asked a lady for an explanation in Spanish and it was nice. It is a cute place for pictures. - los lagartos was super super nice. The boat ride was fun and our boat driver eas the best, gave us explanations and showed us the animals in many perspectives. We saw eagles, pelicanos, two crocodiles (2 different species, and we got really really close to it, it was incredible to be so close in the wild life), flamingos and other birds. - the food was very nice, quite simple but good, and the place looks typical but well assorted. - the transport is a bit long but I believe it is worth the drive. It was comfortable. Also, this tour you are not scammed into gift shops and this tourist traps

Quite a long day of going from Riviera Maya, but so worth it! It was around 3-3.5hrs travelling. So about 6hrs travelling in total. We got taken halfway by one driver then swapped minibuses to join the main tour guide. The tour was only 3 couples, so pretty small and intimate. All parts of the tour were well organised, well timed and well executed. Lunch was fab. The little town we were in was quiet and quaint. The pink lakes were pretty cool, and made for some fab pics. The last stop was a cenote (of course!), the one we went to was quiet, with only a few people and there was a bit of a ledge which meant you could get in without having to go fully in. The cenote was inside a massive natural park type thing, so even if you didn’t want to swim you could walk around and enjoy the scenery/ nature. Would definitely recommend this tour, but do be mindful that it is LONG! If you are making dinner reservations that day, make sure they are late!

Great experience, all information was described in detail and in detail and combined make the trip something very special. Drive (~4 hrs) to Cenote Kikkil and a ranch, wonderful. Time to swim 45 minutes. Then on to the Rio Lagarto, water safari, we took a Mayan bath and saw crocodiles, flamingos and other animal species. Lunch great! Typically Mexican prepared with love. All drinks were included and the guide made every effort to take care of every participant. Continue to Las Coloradas, a salty area with pink lagoons depending on the algae process. There is no shade there, so think of a hat! Super nice experience, super friendly and good transfer.

It was a very beautiful day, we had an exceptional guide, José, who taught us a lot of things, very cultured and passionate about Maya culture and the Rio Lagartos nature reserve. Thanks to him for these explanations and these kind attentions! Lunch was delicious, fresh fish, with drinks included; unlike some other tour operators. The driver was kind enough to drop us off at our hotel on the way back, even though it was a 20min walk from the meeting point; really very nice! And without forgetting the incredible animals we saw, and the beauty of Las Coloradas, an unforgettable day! Again a big thank you

Caring guide, 2 free water, excellent arrangement!