Situated in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve and the nearby Las Coloradas are popular destinations for nature lovers seeking an exceptional and vibrant experience. These interconnected sightseeing wonders offer a mesmerizing combination of biodiversity and surreal landscapes, while the famous “Pink Lakes” capture the spotlight. Please read this post and discover the magic of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas:

Private Rio Lagartos with vibrant pink lakes

Visiting Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve

Rich Biodiversity – 

The Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is a thriving ecosystem and stands out as home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. This reserve is the habitat of mangroves, estuaries, and savannahs supporting several species, including crocodiles, flamingos, herons, and migratory birds. If you love watching birds, you will find paradise in this ecological haven. That’s why Rio Lagartos is renowned as one of the premier bird-watching destinations throughout the region.

The Flamingos –

One of the most iconic sightings you will discover at Rio Lagartos is the vibrant-colored pink flamingos. You can often see these elegant creatures wading through the shallow waters, creating a breathtakingly beautiful scene against the backdrop of the Yucatan’s blue skies. Private boat tours provide an up-close and personal encounter with these majestic bird species while giving you a glimpse into their natural behavior and habitats

Exploring Las Coloradas – 

Nature’s Palette –

Located just a short drive from Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas is popular for its visually appealing pink lakes. The vibrant water color is due to the high salinity and the presence of microorganisms like algae and plankton. When the water evaporates, the concentration of salt increases and the water gets a captivating pink color. So, the lakes make a surreal sight as it will reminisce like a dreamlike landscape straight out of a fairytale.

Photographer’s Paradise –

Las Coloradas is a perfect photograph and Instagram-worthy hotspot.  The beautiful contrast between the cotton candy pink lakes and the clear blue skies makes a visual spectacle that looks surreal and mesmerizing. Most visitors get captivated by the otherworldly scenery; that’s why it’s the must-visit destination for those looking to capture the scenic beauty of nature.

Useful Tips for Exploring Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas

Guided Tours – You should book the Private Rio Lagartos Flamingo Pink Lakes tour package to explore the biosphere and lakes responsibly. 

Sun Protection – The Yucatan Peninsula can get quite hot; so it’s suggested to wear sunscreen, and a hat, and stay hydrated during your explorations.

Respect Nature – You should keep a respectful distance from wildlife so that you will avoid disturbing their natural behavior, especially during bird-watching excursions.

Bring Your Camera – On your tour, get ready to capture the magical moments of your journey, as the landscapes and wildlife of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas are truly exceptional.

Final Conclusion – 

From the thriving ecosystem of Rio Lagartos to the surreal Pink Lakes of Las Coloradas, get ready to connect with nature in a visually appealing way. When you explore these wonders, you’ll immerse in the breathtakingly vibrant landscapes and untouched wildlife, creating memories for a lifetime.

So, book the Private Rio Lagartos Flamingo Pink Lakes tour package through Best Maya Tours, and let us help you discover the majestic flamingos and vibrant pink lakes.

The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the historic Mayan city of Ek Balam, Mexico, sometimes referred to as the Jaguar City of Mexico. It is a much less visited place, but the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam are a pretty offbeat Yucatan destination. When the Ek Balam ruins are all together, they resemble like a real Mayan city. As you enter, you can see the ruins of the city walls. The thing’s you see is said to be just 10% of Ek Balam’s entire ruins area. There will be so many things to be explored yet. But it is stunning and unique! 

At Best Maya Tours, we offer customized Ek Balam private tours. Our expert team provides a list of facts — including a short history of the area, exciting details, and additional information on the surrounding Yucatan region and its many sights. It is a paradise that not only lets you explore the world’s wonders but discover so many exciting facts about Ek Balam & Chichen Itza that make you quite surprised. The Good news is that you can easily visit Ek Balam and Chichen Itza on the same day. Our Ek Balam private tour is a safe, comfortable & informative way to see the best of this ancient Mayan ruin. Do you find your Ek Balam private tour  is difficult or too overwhelming? Then, you can go for our Ek Balam private tour. It is a highly-rated day trip that covers the ruins of Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, and a nearby cenote in one day. Here are a few places to visit on an Ek Balam private tour.

Is a private tour to Ek Balam (Jaguar City of Mexico) worth visiting?
Is a private tour to Ek Balam (Jaguar City of Mexico) worth visiting?

Ek Balam ruins 

Ek Balam ruins are worth visiting because they are not as crowded as the others. They stand out because of the presence of exquisite sculptures made of stucco that are exclusive to them. Between 100 BCE and 900 CE, the Mayan city of Ek Balam in Mexico flourished for over a thousand years. It peaked about the eighth century. The Acropolis and Ek Balam Pyramid can still be climbed. However, use caution as the steps are in poor condition and slick in several areas. 

Original stucco sculptures at Ek Balam

Exploring the original & Stunning stucco work at the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam is a part of our Ek Balam private tour. It is one of its kind and quite distinctive because of the unique stone-carved sculptures that are hard to come now. It has the figures of winged warriors that remained an exciting topic for historians for a long time. Of great interest is the substantial teeth-like structure in front that makes the entrance look like a giant monster mouth. It seems like an entry door to the underworld.

Original stucco sculptures

Oval Palace at Ek Balam

The Oval Palace, a 2-minute walk away, is the next point of interest once you have finished touring the main pyramid of Ek Balam. The Oval Palace is thought to have hosted cosmological rituals. It is analogous to the oblong observatory in Tulum or Chichen Itza. You may obtain breathtaking views of the entire area from the top of the Oval Palace. 

Entry Arch at Ek Balam

This lovely arched gate, which initially connected Ek Balam to the rest of the Mayan realm, may be found at the entrance to Ek Balam. The gate is thought to have been connected to the sacbe, an old route. It’s intriguing how Sacbe works. Similar to our modern motorways and roads, it is believed that areas connected important cities throughout the Mayan empire at their junctions. This sacbe most likely linked the Coba, Chichen Itza, and Ek Balam. 

The cenote at Ek Balam 

The Cenote Xcanche, also referred to as the Ek Balam Cenote, is next to Ek Balam. It is a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool with rope swings and waterfalls. After touring the neighboring ruins, take a dip in these calm waters. Other beautiful cenotes are also close by. Our Ek Balam private tour allows you to visit the majestic Cenote Maya along with Ek Balam ruins. All our Ek Balam tours usually include a cenote or two, if you are interested!


Twin Pyramids of Ek Balam

The Twin pyramids are a pair of identical pyramids that are located directly in front of the Oval Palace on the left. They are built like pyramids on a single platform. The Ball Court, smaller than the one at Chichen Itza, is a little distance ahead. The Acropolis and its palapas are visible further along. 

Ek Balam private tour is worth it if you are looking for a calmer, more peaceful heritage experience in the Yucatan. It is always a great idea to take a guided tour to explore the Mayan ruins of Mexico. We are your local tour guides and come with much information, local myths, and legends. We are happy to share our experience and facts with you! It highly recommends spending a few days in Valladolid and touring the surrounding area, including Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, and several pretty cenotes. If you wish, we can organize your Ek Balam private tour from Valladolid or Cancun!