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Ría Lagartos
Ría Lagartos

Ría Lagartos

Ría Lagartos, The Yucatan

The Basics

In addition to the pink-feathered birds, visitors can see egrets, herons, pelicans, and falcons, as well as crocodiles. If you visiting during the summer, you may get to see sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs on the beach. Ría Lagartos is also a great place to do some fishing. Several multi-day tours and bird-watching tours include Ría Lagartos on their itineraries.

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LAS COLORADAS & RIO LAGARTOS from Riviera Maya and Cancun (Private)
LAS COLORADAS & RIO LAGARTOS from Riviera Maya and Cancun (Private)
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$285.00 per adult
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Great tour!
Fun and informative tour! Alejandro was a really wonderful guide--knowledgeable, fun and friendly. Would definitely recommend this!
amberi957, Sep 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ría Lagartos is a must-visit for bird lovers.

  • Bring plenty of cash since the nearest ATM is about an hour away.

  • Remember to bring binoculars as well as a camera with a zoom lens to view the flamingos.

  • Some tours offer the chance to float in the area’s salty waters, which are similar to the Dead Sea.

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How to Get There

Ría Lagartos is about a 3-hour drive south from Cancun or Playa del Carmen via the toll road to Mérida. You can also take a bus from Cancun’s central ADO bus station; the trip takes about 3.5 hours. Private tours arranged from Cancun include hotel pickup and drop-off service.

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When to Get There

Although you can spot flamingos year-round in Ría Lagartos, you will view more, along with other species of birds, during the winter months; starting in May the flamingos head off to mate. From May to September, you might be able to spot whale sharks, making this a popular time for snorkeling trips.

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Nearby Las Coloradas

Another small fishing village typically coupled with Ría Lagartos on day trips from Cancun, nearby Las Coloradas is surrounded by pink lakes. The region’s salt industry attracts red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp, which give the water its cotton candy hue. You’ll also spot flamingos here, when they come to feed on the shrimp.

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