Rio Lagartos - Ek Balam from Valladolid

Valladolid, Mexico
Go Flamingo Rio Lagartos Las Coloradas Ek Balam
  • 10 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This fun-filled day tour combines some of the most amazing natural and archeological attractions around Valladolid, making it ideal for travelers with varied interests. Visit the nature reserve of Ria Lagartos with its beautiful flamingos, and the Maya site at Ek Balam. This is the easy way to fit three great sites into one day.
  • Travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Receive personalized attention on a small-group tour
  • Entrance to and a boat ride at Rio Lagartos are included

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Tourleader and Certified Guide for Ek Balam
  • Entrance Ria Lagartos national park, guided boattour and boatrental
  • Bottled water
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entrance Ek Balam (556 pesos pp foreigners / 222 pesos pp Mexicans). Optional cenote (170 pesos pp)
  • Drinks at lunch - tips

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • C. 43 204, Centro, 97780 Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:15 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We can pick you up at all hotels, B&B, hostals and Airbnbs in VALLADOLID, Yucatan. Please give complete address with crossroads or indicate which hotel is close to your Airbnb. We don´t pick up in other cities as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, ... only Valladolid Pick-up is between 6:45am - 7:15am

What To Expect

Parque Natural Ria Lagartos

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Ek Balam

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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129 reviews
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Too expensive for what was included
Chelsea_P, Mar 2024
Firstly, we will start with the positive. Our guide Jose was great - we couldn't fault him. He picked us up on time, he was very knowledgeable and helpful. That being said, this was the most expensive tour we went on during our time in Mexico and I really cannot understand where the money we paid goes. It obviously pays toward the tour guide (Jose), it paid for fuel and maintenance of the vehicle Jose was driving, it paid for lunch and paid for the boat tour, but there is no way any of that comes close to the money we paid for the trip (over £285 for 2 adults). We were told we would be able to visit both Ek Balam and the Cenote but we didn't (we had to choose which one we would prefer) and we had to pay additionally to enter to what we had already paid for the trip. We were under the impression we would see the pink lakes of Los Colorados but we didn't. In all honesty I wouldn’t recommend the tour for the price we paid. It was gutting to get all the way to Rio Lagartos and not be able to see the pink lakes as that is what we had booked the tour to see and we only had this day to do it so there was no other opportunity for us to see it.
Splendid and informative tour
breinca, Jan 2024
Amazing and unique experience with a very informative guide. We left the trip with more knowledge about the unique ecosystem in Rio Lagartos as well as the Mayans in the Yucatan. There wasn’t a question which was left unanswered.
Very recommended!!
Ambra_C, Dec 2023
We enjoyed so much the experience with our guide Jilberto, very funny and knowledgeable guy. The time of the visit at the different sites has been very well managed (no rushing feeling at all) and the experience has been very intimate. We did this tour at the end of December and just a few flamingos showed up, however there were enough crocodiles to make us happy!
One of our best days in Mexico
Bailey_M, Dec 2023
We had a fantastic day with Jose seeing flamingos in all their uniqueness, covering ourselves in mud, and getting a knowledgable tour of Ek Balam. From the helpful communication at booking to our guides care throughout each part to the mouthwatering food served at lunch, we would tell anyone we know going to Valladolid to book this tour! Between our guide Jose and the boat captain, any question we had about birds and mangroves could be answered. And Ek Balam has so many details you would miss if you were there without a guide. We swam in the cenote afterwards and it was worth the extra cost to cool off after walking up the main structure. Spend a day doing this, absolutely!
Superb trip
Andrew_H, Dec 2023
Absolutely superb trip. Our guide was excellent company. The food at Rio Lagartos was great and we loved the boat ride, seeing the flamingos and crocodiles! Ek Balam was also stunning, especially the recently discovered Mayan sculptures. We thought it was more interesting and visually spectacular than Chichen Itza. The cenote at the end with the rope swing and zip line was the icing on the cake. Would definitely recommend this trip.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thanks a lot for your positive feedback. Nature, culture and a good lunch are one of the better combinations. All the best!
Couldn’t be happier
Nimay_K, Nov 2023
Amazing experience! Our guide was very informative and having him enhanced the entire experience. A wide variety of sights covered on this tour, and you will learn a ton. Highly recommend
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you very much for your review Nimay_K! Glad you liked the guiding at Rio Lagartos, Ek balam and the cenote. Hope to see you back one day!
Must Do!
April_M, Jul 2023
Wow! Rio Lagartos was a fantastic trip! We saw a crocodile, flamingos, and varied birds. We experienced a mud bath and saw the pink lakes. We enjoyed time swimming in the Rio Lagartos. And lunch was amazing… delicious. Ek Balam was great to see with a tour guide who gave us educational experience. Highly recommend this tour.
This day tour is loaded with incredible experiences!
Dana_W, Feb 2023
We loved our tour with Jose! He is very knowledgeable, relaxed, and has a great sense of humor. At Rio Lagartos he taught us so much about the area and the birds etc. He took good care of us, and made sure we had time for a swim in Cenote Xcanche.
Great Tour with a great guide
Christa_S, Sep 2022
We went as a family and ended up being the only ones on the tour with our tourguide José. He was super friendly, explained a lot and answered all our questions. We can highly recommend this tour.
Great activity
Philipp_K, Apr 2022
Nice Trip, boat Tour was awesome. El Balsam was informative and there is absolutely no need to stop more than 10minutes at las coloradas
A great introduction to Yucatan and the Maya world
Fabienne_C, Jan 2022
We were delighted to start our journey in Mexico with this excursion. Mangroves, flamingos, pelicans and crocodiles were there. The visit to Ek Balam accompanied by interesting explanations from our guide was a great introduction to the Maya world. On the other hand, Las Coloradas has no interest except for social networks!
Fun, informative, colourful.
Keri_C, Jan 2022
This was a super easy way to see three great sites. Our guide, Jose, was very informative and we learnt lots about these areas as well Mexico more generally. I particularly loved Ek Balam and being able to climb the ruins here.
Beautiful day trip from Valladolid
Shane_L, Dec 2021
Boat trip was lovely and seeing flamingos (and so many other birds) in the wild was a beautiful experience. Pink lake was ok, just a photo opportunity really. Ek Balam was amazing. Ending the trip with this is perfect especially with the sun going down. Was really magical.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you very much for having trusted us. Yumbootik (Thank you)
Der Ausflug hat sehr viel...
SarahLisa_H, Mar 2023
Der Ausflug hat sehr viel Spass gemacht und war sehr spannend. José hat uns viel über die Mayakultur erzählt, es war wie eine Geschichtsstunde :) Río Lagartos hat uns auch sehr gefallen und das Mittagessen war sehr sehr gut. Alles in allem 5 von 5 Sternen :)
Der Bus ist super...
Manuela_G, Dec 2021
Der Bus ist super pünktlich erschienen, wir hatten eine super Tour, echt empfehlenswert. Wir hatten viel Spass.

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