The experience : 3 Hours on my boat to exploring the wildlife of Rio Lagartos. You’ll see many different bird species and you’ll be able to go to into the mangroves. This experience also visits the feeding grounds, mud bath and stops at the beach for a refreshing swim.
Flamingos can be seen all day but the best time (and best photos) is usually early in the morning, that's why I propose this experience early in the morning. I've been observing them for years, I know their favorite spot !
Flamingos can always be seen in Rio Lagartos. In the spring (Late April) they gather by the thousands to mate and nest in the biosphere reserve. After the nesting season they disperse along the coast in search of feeding opportunities. They do not migrate to and from the Yucatan. They are residents here. They move along the Yucatan coast. They are Carribbean flamingos-phoenicopertus ruber ! They rear their young in Rio Lagartos during the summer and into the fall. During the winter many feed in the Bio Reserve. This is one of the major feeding areas in the Yucatan. Others disperse along the coast in search of food. Flamingos can always be seen here.
What's include : The boat, the captain which is a certified natural guide native from Rio Lagartos
Number of person : 1 to 6, the price is by boat
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 !