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Ria Maya Restaurant

Ria Maya Restaurante &

Rio Lagartos Adventures


I am a fortunate man. I grew up surrounded by this remarkable wilderness and it has given my Family and me the opportunity to earn our living introducing visitors its wonders , now works with his sons Diego and Jorge and his daughter Andrea who are who are very experienced doing the Nature & Flamingo Lovers Tours, fly fishing and are qualified for the boat birding tours. Diego trains all his guides and they experienced and licensed. Diego jr and Jorge are experienced fly fishing guides.

The Yucatan Peninsula has resident flock of 40,000 Flamingos that feed , mate and nest here , over 395 species of birds have been reported and we have a huge Bio diversity I believe second to none in Mexico. We have remarkable selection of flora and fauna here .

For nearly 25 years I have worked & attended many classes and workshops on nature, birds, and preservation of the Bio-reserve and Petenes(freshwater springs) including the RARE Nature Guide Training Course Yucatan Peninsula . Assisted visiting scientists and biologists with their research efforts and has been involved with bird monitoring, flamingo banding, crocodile tagging, maintaining water flow in the area’s freshwater springs. During that time I have worked to promote conservation in the area and to help attract nature lovers , Birders & sport fishermen´s .

He studied with Barbara McKinnon in the first group of birding guides she helped train(1996) and he has continually helped to add to the bird counts that she keeps and publishes for Rio Lagartos and the Yucatan Peninsula.(see bird Lists in the Navigation bar). He has personally added 9 new birds to the list.The count now is over 395 for Rio Lagartos and 555 for the Yucatan. Qualified nature and birding instructor who has trained and encourage many of the guides in Rio Lagartos and has given classes to many groups of children and adults to help further their appreciation and understanding of the natural world around them. He has worked extensively with Pronatura, Ninos and Crias, and other environment and Government Groups such as Conanp.

There have been many changes here during those years. as more visitors want to discover that we have to offer, increasing pressure has been put on the Bio reserve. Whit more visitors have come more hotels, restaurants and many more tour operators (before they were comercial fisherman with out ecological mind it and training at all) bringing tourist to see daily flamingos . Few of the new operators understand the delicate balance of nature here or have been on a course for training.

Very little have been done by the Bio Reserve management ( with have very limited funds) to control and regulate new operators . High-speed trips through the estuary to disturb wildlife cause unnecessary pollution ( Noise, destruction of bottom marine life in swallow waters) Slow and careful trips need to be therein rule . ( It’s what we are doing and it works ).New regulations have to be enacted and enforced or wi will be victims of our own success.

There are many challenges but I am optimistic that changes can be made if the political will can be fund. local people that lives in to the protected areas need to pressure and support their politicians to help them to find the courage to make the changes that are necessary .

LIFE IN PINK , turquoise and emerald lagoons, nestled amongst brown and white pelicans and storage horse shoe crabs, they sport flamboyant pink plumage, due to their diet of carotene-rich crustaceans . During long observation sessions, the flamingos performed gracefully parades of entwined necks , straight posters and jerky dances with their long skinny legs. A literal display of life in pink. RIA LAGARTOS BIOSPHERE RESERVE .

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