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Excursion rio lagartos & ek balam


Rio Lagartos is also a nature reserve between the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea known for its colonies of flamingos and beautiful landscapes.

Ek Balam is a Mayan archaeological site located 30 km north of the city of Valladolid which has been discovered and excavated only since 1994. By removing the stones that covered the site, we discovered a magnificent construction and carved frieze in perfect state of conservation, which gives a particular interest to its ruins.

Not far from this site, there is a cenote very pretty and full of charm. It is a cenote still preserved from mass tourism in the middle of the jungle. Here no group … only the song of some birds with beautiful colors, an electric blue that we see almost only there. You will love !




Departure : Tulum or Playa del Carmen


2 to 12 people



Program of the excursion

During this excursion you will walk in the middle of the mangrove, observe the different birds such as flamingos, egrets, pelicans and many other species as well as crocodiles, water cockroaches, and if you are lucky small mammals.

You will discover the ruins of the site of Ek Balam, the best preserved site of the Yucatan, and its mystical cenote in the middle of the jungle, a haven of peace.

Duration of the excursion: about 12 hours

Departure from Tulum or Playa del carmen for 6H

Check in at 9H

You go for a walk of 3H in the reserve accompanied by a local fisherman and your French speaking guide, there you will walk between the sandbanks and the mangrove to observe many species of birds, more than 258 wild species breed there.

Flamingos are present throughout the year because Rio Lagartos is the largest nesting area of ​​flamingos in the Caribbean, the colonies are 6 times larger between January and June.

You will take breaks on some sandbanks to test the scrub mud, very clay in the corner and you will also discover the horseshoe crabs that look like prehistoric crustaceans …

If you are lucky you can also see wild mammals that feed on the carcasses of its many water cockroaches.

You will also observe crocodiles hidden in the mangrove.

Lunch break in a family restaurant in this same small fishing village, specialties of fish (fried, plancha, ceviche) otherwise possibility of chicken or pork, vegan salad etc …

Departure for the archaeological site of Ek Balam, visit of the various buildings, it is a particularly interesting site for its sculptured frieze still perfectly preserved.

Bathing in a cenote still preserved from mass tourism, the peculiarity of it is that it is far from any road and is in the middle of the jungle so it’s absolutely quiet, you often hear that some birds that live in this cenote, it’s just one of those moments that we remember for life.

What is provided

  • French speaking guide
  • Entry to the Ek Balam site
  • Cenote entrance
  • Entrance to the reserve
  • Meals at a local restaurant
  • Transport if you chose it

What to bring

  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Swimsuit & Towel
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Bottle of water

What to remember

  • French-language guide certified Secretoo, French company based in Lyon
  • Booking can be cancelled 72 hours before the tour and fully refunded
  • If the booking is then cancelled, the remaining amount to be paid to the guide will be deducted so as not to impact the other participants or the guide who has booked his day for you.

Our discounts without transport from Tulum or Playa del carmen.

The guide rides in your car and accompanies you for the day.

You are a family of 3, you book a day where there are already 3 people registered, we group all 6 you pay the price for 6 people or € 89 per person.

  • 2 people : 132€ /pers. (2475 pesos + 15€)
  • 4 people : 97€ /pers. (1725 pesos + 15€)
  • 6 people : 89€ /pers. (1575 pesos + 15€)
  • 8 people : 82€ /pers. (1425 pesos + 15€)
  • 10 people : 78€ /pers. (1335 pesos + 15€)
  • 12 people : 75€ /pers. (1265 pesos + 15€)

Child – 10 years > Discount of 360 pesos, about 17 €.

Prices shown in euros can vary very slightly upwards or downwards depending on the price of the pesos.

Our discounts with transport from Tulum or Playa del Carmen

Departure and return from your hotel with driver guide.

You are a family of 3, you book a day where there are already 3 people registered, we group all 6 you pay so the price for 6 people is 97 € per person.

  • 2 people : 184€ /pers. (3575 pesos + 15€)
  • 4 people : 123€ /pers. (2275 pesos + 15€)
  • 6 people : 111€ /pers. (2025 pesos + 15€)
  • 8 people : 104€ /pers. (1885 pesos + 15€)
  • 10 people : 96€ /pers. (1700 pesos + 15€)
  • 12 people : 89€ /pers. (1565 pesos + 15€)

Child – 10 years > Discount of 360 pesos, about 17 €.

Prices shown in euros can vary very slightly upwards or downwards depending on the price of the pesos.

If you are more numerous or if you wish to privatize this excursion it is possible, contact us.


Enrique nous a fait rigoler toute la journée avec ses blagues, les flamants roses n’étaient pas nombreux mais nous avons vu deux gros crocodiles et plein d’oiseaux + las colorants c’était le top. Marie – 38 ans

Merci pour ce concept qui sort de l’abattage qu’on subit dans les excursions organisées par les hôtels, ici on prend le temps, on rigole avec le guide, continuez votre concept c’est génial. Alexandre – 31 ans

A great reserve, we walk in the middle of the lagoon, our guide Enrique explains a few things about the animals that live here, the restaurant is very well located and we eat well, I recommend” elques petites choses sur les animaux qui vivent ici, le restaurant est très bien situé et on y mange bien, je recommande
Laura – 26 years old


“Originally from Marseilles, I traveled a lot of countries before settling in Mexico 26 years ago. I was a diving instructor and then I trained in Mayan history to become an official guide.

I like to transmit all my knowledge and I enjoy discovering an authentic Mexico, far from mass tourism and above all I love to have a good time each day with new people. “


“I have been adventuring and exploring since my childhood, between camping holidays, tours, trips to Mexico and elsewhere.

Passionate about nature and the Mayan civilization, I decided after my studies to go into tourism to share my knowledge and my passion with travelers. “


“Venezuelan native and French speaking guide in Mexico for 7 years, I like working with travelers looking for adventure, I love to visit my country in an authentic and small group.

Specialized in archaeological tours, I will pass on my passion by providing you with quality explanations and an unforgettable experience far from mass tourism. “


“French native and diving enthusiast for 12 years. I decided to come to live in Mexico 2 years ago to live my passion.

Graduated as an instructor for several years I choose to make you discover diving in cenote. “


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