Birds, birds, birds. Rio Lagartos is another town at the end of the road, but this time on a lagoon. The area is known for birdwatching, and it is another protected Mexican biosphere reserve. Along with Celestun, this is one of the places to find large flamingo colonies. We didn’t see the thousands of flamingos that are sometimes reported, but there were plenty and they are amazing.

After a somewhat uncomfortable night due to the heat and humidity and weak fans, it wasn’t hard to wake up and get out the door before sunrise for our birding tour. Fantastic. Definitely one of the highlights, although I think you can skip the pseudo-spa mud part and stay with the birds. I’ve temporarily misplaced my sighting list, but some other highlights that we saw but didn’t photograph are roseate spoonbills, parrots, and a raptor.

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Pelican in town

Cormorant drying out

Sunset off the dock

Sunrise on the way out in the morning

Flamingos at sunrise

One-eyed crocodile

Anhinga

blue heron perhaps

Flamingos high above

The 4 flamingos of the apocalypse.

the loneliness of the white pelican

common black hawk