Rio Lagartos biosphere &
The biosphere Rio Lagartos, is one of the biggest and most
important mangrove zones and petenes of the Yucatan Peninsula. In the region,
there are few human settlings, which help the concentration of animal species.
The reserve has a total surface of 60,347.82 hectares, divided in 6 main zones
and zones of damping, being a complex of terrestrial ecosystems, sweet and salty
water mix; present a great diversity of flora, we can find 10 types of
vegetation: middle jungle subperenifolia, low jungle caducifolia, low thorny
jungle caducifolia non floated grass, mangrove, coastal dune scrub and sea grass
vegetation (seibadal). We also find some characteristics in the coast zones of
the Yucatan Peninsula called petenes, which have been described as tree islands,
where the composition of flora is richer than the one inland and is between 18
and 25 m of height.
You can enjoy all that and fill the emotion of being in
direct contact with this world full of natural beauty; we offer you several
packages for the best adventure you have been waiting for, check our plans and
if you would like to have more information.
Leaving Playa del Carmen around 7h30am
We will cross the peninsula of Yucatan to get around 10h30am in the core of
the Biosphere of Rio Lagartos from where we will imbark
ourselves to start our trip into the world of Quark in between the
pelicans and the falcons, the crocodiles and the flamingos.
Ek Balam ruins
During the trip we will stop to observe some of the miracles of nature that
exist in this protected zone, like the salt lakes with their original
Thanks to the creation of two other natural parks on the West side, the total
protected area covers close to 200 kilometers of shore line and our
itinerary will be of about 25 kilometers.
We will arrive with the boats at the restaurant of nice typical village
for a delicious meal of fresh fish.
We will leave slowly to visit the ruins of Ek Balam, a jewel of
archeologic site hidden in the jungle that still shows stucco carvings
and original statues in perfect conditions.
On the way back we stop for about 45 min to visit the Mayan
ruins of Ek Balam, a little secret hided in the middle of the savanna. Here the
arqueologist are steal working and day by day are founding more and more new
things that are putting on the way this place to be one of the most important
sights in the peninsula, thanks to the surrounding walls, estelas and the
“acropolis” that poses an extraordinarily decorated face with statues and
carvings that are perfectly preserved.
On the way back, we will stop shortly in a small mayan village.
We will return at about 7:00pm.
RECOMMENDATION: Bring a bathing suit, sunscreen and a towel.
NOTE: An extra charge of $2.00 US dollars to enter the National
park is not included in the price.