You Say Rio, I Say Ria… Street Excursion Rio Lagartos, Yucatan


The Yuum Ha Boutique Lodge Rio Lagartos

A couple months back Max and I had been invited to the Yuum Ha Boutique Lodge in the sleepy fishing village of Rio Lagartos, Yucatan. This was my second visit to the city, the to start with was a bit of a pouring rain disaster so I was energized to a) see the flamingos with out acquiring to squint by a deluge and b) introduce Max to the magic of the biosphere.

Flamingos. Very much self-explanatory

I suppose the to start with issue we need to get out of the way is the “Rio as opposed to Ria” debate. As soon as I started out posting on social media all through the journey, I started out to get messages correcting me on the identify. As I am a professional and have been undertaking this for a even though now (ahem), I was very deliberate in the text I selected. “Rio Lagartos” is the identify of the municipality, the small city on the gulf coastline of Yucatan state. “Ria Lagartos” is the identify of the biosphere and pure places. A “ria” is described as “a extended narrow inlet fashioned by the partial submergence of a river valley”, generally a further word for “estuary”. Consequently, The two terms are proper, even though most travelers will use “rio” for simplicity. Alright, language lesson completed for the working day, transferring forward.

Cormorant drying his wings

Driving in the Yucatan is truly really simple, the highways are nicely taken care of and the indicators are clearly marked. Getting to Rio Lagartos from Cancun we took the “cuota”, the toll highway that brought us to Valladolid, then turned off to the straight path by the small pueblitos to the coastline. It was tempting to cease in Temozon, famed for smoked meat and longaniza, but I resisted and pushed forward to our desired destination.

We are so pretty

We had been set to satisfy up with Kristin of What Am I Continue to Carrying out in Cancun? and a further close friend from Isla Mujeres moreover their kidlets. Moms and little ones weekend, deliver it on! As much as I would like a weekend absent from remaining mommy, the reality is that touring with little ones (and Max in specific) is a dynamic way to discover and learn, viewing issues by a child’s eyes can make all the things a small far more magical.

Do not test this at house

We bought ourselves checked in to Yuum Ha and had been truly delighted with the lodging. Warm colours in a cozy place with the most spectacular views, speedy wifi and the oh so required in summer air conditioning. Max and I had conquer the relaxation of the convoy so headed off to supper on our have then back to the lodge to relaxation up for our Saturday of journey.

Flamingos run on drinking water to create up pace to fly, Who realized? 

We had been up vivid and early Saturday and it was a phenomenal weather conditions working day. The apparent skies above the crystal waters and flocks of birds flying by, the look at knocked my socks off as I drank my coffee, I was pleased to know I would not shell out this specific flamingo journey less than a tarp. We collected the gang together, had a delicious breakfast and met our able captain of Rio Lagartos Adventures for the day’s explorations.

The look at from the Yuum Ha Lodge

Our small “panga” boat brought us to our to start with cease inside a couple minutes, a massive group of flamingos feeding not significantly from shore. This is the nesting period, a time when countless numbers on countless numbers of flamingos gather together the Yucatan Shore to “come across romance” (they are monogamous creatures) and lay the 1 egg they will create in the yr. The babies are born white or gray, the pink colour intensifying as they age and eat far more of the food items that give them their distinctive hues.

This is exactly where we get the noms 

We ooohed and aaaahed above this to start with group of flamingos then the boat sped off in direction of the canals of the biosphere. If I had been a experienced birder, I would happily list off the exotic species we encountered. As I am but an amateur, I will say “We observed large birds, small birds, all distinctive colour birds, cranes, eagles, cormorants, ducks oh so quite a few birds!” I believe the highlight for the little ones was conference a juvenile crocodile who seemed to be mates with our guidebook, coming up to our boat for a small pat on the head. We liked viewing far more massive groups of flamingos, the famed pink waters near the “salineras” and of study course, the requisite “Mayan bath”, slathering ourselves with mineral-rich clay for a pure spa experience. We took a couple minutes to get pleasure from the beach before building our way back to shore. 

Sunset above Rio Lagartos

The relaxation of the weekend was used chilling in the solitude and peace of this charming small city. A spin in the golf cart, supper at Ria Maya and a couple sunset beers on the dock even though the little ones fished. I’m positive the men and women of the city had been instead baffled by our small group, two blondes, a Brit and a few small little ones who glimpse very caucasian but communicate Mexican (certainly, I imply Mexican, the slang that little ones use in Mexico is a very distinctive type of Spanish!) Tourism is relatively new to the local community and vacationers are however a bit of a novelty, it is off the beaten path for most travelers but so well worth the hard work if you can make the time to visit. For a exceptional experience with mother nature and a peek into the society of contemporary Yucatan, Rio Lagartos is undoubtedly the spot.



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