Birding land experience into Rio Lagartos's Biosphere with Diego
The experience : The best way to experience the Rio Lagartos Bio reserve is with an experienced local bird guide. I am the most experienced guide in Rio Lagartos and one of most experienced in the Yucatan. I can customize your birding experience here to find endemic species and others that you would like to add to your life time lists.
We offer outings on land in order to see birds in the rich variety of habitats included in the 150,000 acre wildlife refuge.
Whether you are an experienced birder, a novice or interested in a class for beginners, we can arrange an outing that matches (challenges) your experience and knowledge level.
What's include : A certified natural guide native from Rio Lagartos. The experience is during 4 hours.
Number of person : 1 to 6, the price remind the same.
The Host : I am Diego Nunez, I am an experienced and trained bird guide, naturalist and avid fly fisherman who pioneered eco-tourism in Rio Lagartos more than 20 years ago when I established my family business (since 1995) based at the Ria Maya Restaurant.
I work now with my son Diego and my daughter Andrea who are in training for land birding and are qualified for the boat birding tours. My wife Matildé runs the restaurant "Ria Maya Restaurante"(formerly Restaurante Isla Contoy) and "Posada Diego and Matilde".
I had attended many classes and workshops on nature, birds and preservation of the Bio-reserve and Petenes (fresh water springs) including the RARE Nature Guide Training Course Yucatan Peninsula (April 1998). I studied with Barbara McKinnon in the first group of birding guides she helped train (1996) and I had continually helped to add to the bird counts that she keeps and publishes for Rio Lagartos and the Yucatan Peninsula. I had personally added 9 new birds to the list. The count now is 395 for Rio Lagartos and 555 for the Yucatan.
I am a qualified nature and birding instructor who has trained many of the guides in Rio Lagartos and has given classes to many groups of children and adults to help further their appreciation and understanding of the natural world around them.
I worked extensively with Pronatura, Ninos and Crias and other environment and Goverment Groups such as Conanp. I assisted visiting scientists and biologists with their research efforts and has been involved with bird monitoring, flamingo banding, crocodile tagging, maintaining water flow in the area's fresh water springs, reforestation, as well as animal rescue work !