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Birdwatching Rio Lagartos

American Flamingo - Rio Lagartos - photo credit Arthur Lee
Clapper Rail Rio Lagartos - Photo: SantiagoContreras
Painted Bunting - Photo: SantiagoContreras
American Flamingo - Photo: Santiago Contreras
American Flamingos © Joel Ortega
Bare-throated Tiger Heron © Joel Ortega
Mexican Sheartail - Rio Lagartos - Photo Arthur Lee
Boat tour Rio Lagartos © Joel Ortega
Birdwatching Rio Lagartos © Joel Ortega
Rio Lagartos pier Bridwatching Rio Lagartos © Joel Ortega
Black Necked Stilt - Rio Lagartos -  Photo Arthur Lee
Yucatan Wren © Joel Ortega
Mexican Sheartail © Joel Ortega
Boat ride Rio Lagartos © Joel Ortega
Birdwatchers Rio Lagartos © Joel Ortega
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Boat-billed night heron © Joel Ortega
American Flamigos © Joel Ortega

Rio Lagartos is a charming fishing town located on the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula about two hours and forty five minutes from Tulum by car.  An area of about 150,000 acres (60,000 hectares) was declared a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO program Man and Biosphere in 1999.  Different aquatic ecosystems are of great importance to over 280 aquatic bird species (migratory and resident) for their nourishment and reproduction.  One such species is the striking American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber which can be admired in this reserve any time of the year.  The semi-deciduous and deciduous lowland jungle of the area are home to a great bird diversity including the endemic Yucatan Nightjar and the very localized Yucatan Wren as well as the quasi-endemic Black-throated Bobwhite and the very beautiful Mexican Sheartail hummingbird.  


  • Any day on demand in private (cost varies according to number of people).



  • Professional guidance

  • Air-conditioned transportation

  • Light breakfast (Coffee, fruit and energy bar)

  • Water and snacks

  • Lunch a la carte

  • Boat trip

  • All entrance fees

BIRDS WE HOPE TO SEE: American Flamingo, Yucatan Nightjar, Yucatan Wren, Black-throated Bobwhite, Mexican Sheartail hummingbird, Boat billed Heron, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Grey, Roadside, Zone-tailed, White tailed, Common Black and Crane Hawk, Crested Caracara, Lesser Yellow headed Vulture, Ruddy Crake, Lesser Roadrunner, Pygmy Kingfisher, Mangrove Swallow and more.

Tour program

  • 5:00 a.m. Pick up at hotel/house

  • 7:00 a.m. Begin birding in the deciduous low jungle

  • 9:00 a.m. Continue birding in the semi-deciduous jungle

  • 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a delicious lunch a la carte

  • 12:00 p.m. Boat trip in search of aquatic species

  • 3:00 p.m. End of excursion

  • 6:00 p.m. Back in your hotel (Tulum)

Who is it for?

  • Great tour to explore and experience a traditional fishing town of Yucatan, chances of seeing a great diversity of birds including many Yucatan endemics.

  • For the bird watcher interested in documenting a great number of species in one day.

  • Many great opportunities to photograph landscapes, birds and other wildlife.



Turquoise-browed Motmot © Jonas


We recommend that clients bring:


- Comfortable clothes and shoes,

- Sunglasses and hat

- Camera & binoculars

- Eco friendly sunblock and mosquito repellant (preferably use clothes for protection against the sun and mosquitos)

- Some cash*

- Bring a refillable water bottle


*It is customary to tip the guides and staff for their excellent service. 

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