- Round trip Transfer from your hotel in Holbox.
- Air conditioned Vans.
- Certified guide at the ruins.
- Boat trip through the Ria Lagartos with certified guide.
- Lunch seafood at Rio Lagartos.
- Entrance to the ruins of Ek Balam.
- Duration 12 hours.
- Price: $ 170.00 USD per person
- Minimum 3 Person.
The Tour-Ek'Balam Ria Lagartos is a fascinating guided tour includes two attractions in one, a magical boat ride through Ria Lagartos where you can see flamingos and the extraordinary and varied fauna, take a lunch based on fish and seafood after walking by the river and know Ek'Balam impressive archaeological site, where you will discover a number of monumental buildings.
Rio Lagartos (National Park) is the name of a creek in a protected environmental reserve, located on the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of the same name in Mexico.
The reserve is under the category VI IUCN, so it is considered a managed resource protected area. This is a semi-enclosed body of water, connected to the Gulf of Mexico on the west, with freshwater input from springs and groundwater outcrops peninsular. In any case, its biodiversity, characterized by abundant and extensive mangrove fauna (birds, reptiles and fish) marina, is considered of extraordinary richness.
According to testimony of old inhabitants of El Cuyo, a village located on the eastern edge of the river, there was once another connection to the sea but not permanent.
Today the east end of the estuary is closed. The estuary is located on the coast of Yucatan three municipalities: Rio Lagartos, San Felipe and Tizimín. Its area is about 80 km, covering an area of 12,850 hectares. The estuary, by their size, shape and uniqueness, is possibly the most conspicuous and documented on the Yucatan coast, said from the first chronicles and accounts of European explorers and conquerors of the sixteenth century.
The estuary is the natural habitat of the Mexican Flamenco extraordinary beauty. Even before Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 there were an estimated 20 000 individuals with extensive nesting area of the bridge that goes to El Cuyo to the eastern tip of the estuary.
Throughout the entire estuary, on both banks, the mangroves will cover a wide continuous variable. In the northern portion of this mangrove is associated with savanna vegetation, while the southern portion, ie on the right side of the mouth to the eastern end, you can see the result of serious disturbances regional salt activity. The area was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1979 is larger than the river itself and has 60,348 hectares. In that play over 250 species of waterfowl.
From 300 BC. C. until the arrival of the Spanish.
Human settlement in Ek Balam grew to about 12 km ², including a central area of 1 km ² sacred, where the elite lived.
This small central area was protected by three walls. It was a very rich Mayan capital Talol call, according to the written sources of the sixteenth century, was founded by Éek'Báalam (jaguar dark) or CalBalam Coch.
Dominated a heavily populated region. In the early years of the eleventh century, a foreign invasion of the Itza possibly subjected the power centers of Ek Balam and Yaxuná