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Rio lagartos tour – Local guide

Río Lagartos is located in Cancun and has 3 hours drive from Playa del carmen. 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.

A few kilometers away is a network of salt lakes that we call Las coloradas with surprising pink colors.




Departure: Rio Lagartos


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 also go to the pink salt lakes and you will enjoy at the same time a local scrub based on mud.

Duration of the excursion: about 3 hours

On site you will find a Mexican guide who speaks Spanish but not French.

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

The flamingos are present almost all year long because Rio Lagartos is the largest nesting area for flamingos in the Caribbean.

You will take a break on a sandbar 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.

What is provided

  • Guide by a local fisherman
  • Boat tour
  • Entry into the reserve

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 sliding prices without transport with a local fisherman.

You are a family of 2, you book a day where there are already 2 people registered, we group all 4 you pay so the price for 4 people is 26 € per person.

2 people : 38€/pers.

2 people : 38€/pers.

4 people : 26€/pers.

5+ people : 23€/pers.

Prices may vary slightly up or down 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.


“Adrian is an outstanding 78-year-old gentleman who made us laugh from start to finish. We could see the crocodiles very closely, discover how we fish Mexican and observe all kinds of fabulous animals “ Stéphanie P. – 43 years old

“Boat trip like no other. Adrian is very nice and folded in 4 to be satisfied! We had dinner at a local restaurant with him to chat and it was one of the best experiences of the trip! Thanks a lot to Secretoo for this find “Benjamin C. – 26 years old

“The reserve is absolutely beautiful. We have seen “cucaracha del mar” thousands of flamingos, crocodiles, rays, a raccoon and many birds. He took us to a deserted beach that was not planned. I recommend !”
Nadine N. – 58 years old

Adrian your local guide



“I live for many years Rio Lagartos, I know this city and its nature reserve as my pocket, I take you to discover the animals that hide in a way that you will not see anywhere else”.

“Adrian is an adorable local fisherman who we want to reach out, he will do his best to make you have a good time and to flush out the animals.”




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