The sleepy seaside village of Rio Largartos on the northern coast of the Yucatan, plays host to the Ría Lagartos nature park where herds of wild flamingoes congregate. I was fortunate enough to witness this beautiful, surreal tableau against the breathtaking sunset during my boat trip. Other than flamingoes, there are more than 300 diverse species of birds that also feed, breed and nest in the lagoon.
It was a rare opportunity to get so up close to wildlife, and this experience was one of the highlights of my trip to the Yucatan Peninsula.
I booked my boat trip through Rio Lagartos Adventures which also runs the La Torreja Restaurant, a waterfront restaurant that serves fresh seafood. Try the delicious ceviche and a refreshing glass of jamaica (hibiscus water).
To get here, drive 1.5 hours north from Valladolid or take a day trip from Merida or Cancun.