Ek Balam – Rio Lagartos Private Tours

Restoration in Ek Balam started at the end of 1996

when INAH started with the project of restoring the Acropolis one of the biggest buildings found in the Peninsula. It was during this

restoration that archaeologist found the beautiful decorations and a burial chamber in one of the covered buildings.


luxury private tour Ek Balam- Rio Lagartos

The first part of this excursion is a visit to the small archaeological site of Ek Balam. Restoration in Ek Balam started at the end of 1996

when INAH started with the project of restoring the Acropolis one of the biggest buildings found in the Peninsula. It was during this

restoration that archaeologist found the beautiful decorations and a burial chamber in one of the covered buildings. The fact that these

older buildings were covered with newer constructions is the reason that the now visible decorations have been so perfectly conserved. Ek

Balam, Black Jaguar in Mayan Language, was in the classic and post classic period an important Mayan city which got their power from the

production and commerce of salt, produced along the north shore of the Peninsula. In Ek Balam we will see the remains of the walls

surrounding the city, the arch, a ball court and of course the famous acropolis.

After the visit of Ek Balam we go north to Rio Lagartos. Here we will have first our lunch and after the lunch we make a boat tour through

the park Ría Lagartos.

Ria Lagartos Park is one of two places on the Peninsula where you can see large groups of flamingos. After it was declared, in 1979, a

national reserve residents saw a new alternative for the sustenance of their families: the eco-tourism. In 1986 at the Conference of

Ramsar (Iran) Rio Lagartos was recognized as the first wetland system in Mexico. Moreover, its beaches were federally declare as a

sea turtle protection zone (June 1986) in the Official Journal of the Federation stated that it is the only beach in the state of Yucatan,

where arrives the White Sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) for nesting.

The Reserve covers four major eastern ports: the port of Cuyo, Las Coloradas, Rio Lagartos and San Felipe. It also has great diversity in

vegetation: evergreen tropical forest, tropical deciduous forest, low deciduous thorny lowland forests, floodplain, mangrove, coastal dune

scrub, partly flooded grassland vegetation and a vegetation off sea grass. It has 580 species, among which are 58 species of mammals, 378

species of birds, 95 species of amphibians and 71 fish Some are endangered as the spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), jaguar

(Panthera onca) , ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), margay (Leopardus wiedii), Oz (Felis yagouaroundi) and the Mexican anteater (Tamandua

mexicana). The boat trip takes 2 hours. During the boat trip you can take a mayan mud bath.

After the boat trip we return to your hotel in the Mexican Caribbean.

  • Private transport throughout the day.
  • Official Bilingual speaking guide during the whole day. Our guides are part of the LGBT community
  • Water and sodas during the transport refreshing towels
  • Entrance fees Ek Balam and Ría Lagartos National Reserve
  • Lunch in Rio Lagartos
  • Local taxes and VAT
  • Insurance
  • Tips guide(s) and driver
  • Permits to use video camera in Ek Balam (45 pesos)
  • Drinks during lunch
  • Other meals and drinks than mentioned
  • Private expenses 
  • To take with you on the tour

    Easy walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and cap. In the rainy season, an umbrella or a rain poncho could be handy.

 

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