On the north coast of Yucatan is Rio Lagartos (alligator river), a small town within a 118,00 acre nature preserve – the Biosphere Special Reserve – that’s home
to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
The village of Rio Lagartos is a small fishing village and offers the same hospitality as in antiquity when the Mayan name for the town meant "Head of the Kitchen". During that time it was a popular stopping point along the ancient trade route and known as a place for sustenance and a tranquil atmosphere, something you can still find there.

The area is the home to Mexico’s largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
As well, one can see cacti growing on sandy dunes by the sea, heavenly palm trees, alabaster mountains of salt near the banks of the river which contrast beautifully with the peculiar red color of the water, a lush and verdant jungle with natural fresh water wells surrounded by bare land, and mangrove forests on the edges of the waterways.



The first 18 photos below were taken along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos.

East of town there is a large salt processing enterprise (photos 74-88) that collects salt from dry lake beds and ships it all over South America
For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. .

Despite the creation of the Biosphere Special Reserve, people from the population centers, San Felipe, Las Coloradas and Río Lagartos,
have negatively impacted the delicate ecosphere along this coastal area. See report 1 and Report 2.

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Beautiful sunset in Rio Lagartos.
Beautiful sunset in Rio Lagartos.
Rio Lagartos is a small fishing town.
Rio Lagartos is a small fishing town.
Sunset in Rio Lagartos
Sunset in Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos looks across the lagoon.
Rio Lagartos looks across the lagoon.
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Hotel breakfast hostess.
Hotel breakfast hostess.
Rio Lagartos is a
Rio Lagartos is a small town within a 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - that's home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills.
Rio Lagartos is home to numerous fishermen with nets.  Overfishing
Rio Lagartos is home to numerous fishermen with nets. Overfishing has become a concern in this bio-sensitive area.
Eagle snatching a fish
Eagle snatching a fish
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
Tourist boat - sensible eco-tourism is
Tourist boat - sensible eco-tourism is a concern to some experts.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special Reserve -
In the Biosphere Special Reserve - home to an occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve designated as a Biosphere Special Reserve.
Tour guide in the Biosphere
Tour guide in the Biosphere Special Reserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve designated as a Biosphere Special Reserve
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
American and Caribbean flamingos
American and Caribbean flamingos
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
Overfishing is a concern in this
Overfishing is a concern in this area.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to an occasional alligator.
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos
Tour guide in the Biosphere
Tour guide in the Biosphere Special Reserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
A convenient perch
A convenient perch
Rio Lagartos - cleaning the catch of the day
Rio Lagartos - cleaning the catch of the day
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos restaurant
Rio Lagartos restaurant
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos
Salt packs waiting for a pick-up.
Salt packs waiting for a pick-up.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.  This
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea.
Pelicans on an old pier in
Pelicans on an old pier in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea.
Pelicans and cormorants on an old
Pelicans and cormorants on an old pier in the village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Kids in the tiny village
Kids in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Seaweed
Seaweed
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas).
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas).
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos -
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos - road kill
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos -
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos - grave
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Marshy salt flats in
Marshy salt flats in the north coast of Yucatan in Rio Lagartos town
Entering Rio Lagartos
Entering Rio Lagartos
Welcome to Rio Lagartos
Welcome to Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos (alligator river) is a
Rio Lagartos (alligator river) is a small town that offers the same hospitality as in antiquity when the Mayan name for the town meant "Head of the Kitchen". During that time it was a popular stopping point along the ancient salt trade route and known as a place for sustenance and a tranquil atmosphere, something you can still find there.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small working-class town with a tranquil
Rio Lagartos is a small working-class town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with fishing and tourist
Rio Lagartos is a small town with fishing and tourist boats.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with simple life.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with simple life.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with some holiday homes.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with some holiday homes.
Beautiful sunset in Rio Lagartos.
Beautiful sunset in Rio Lagartos.
Rio Lagartos is a small fishing town.
Rio Lagartos is a small fishing town.
Sunset in Rio Lagartos
Sunset in Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos looks across the lagoon.
Rio Lagartos looks across the lagoon.
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Nightfall in Rio Lagartos
Hotel breakfast hostess.
Hotel breakfast hostess.
Rio Lagartos is a
Rio Lagartos is a small town within a 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - that's home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills.
Rio Lagartos is home to numerous fishermen with nets.  Overfishing
Rio Lagartos is home to numerous fishermen with nets. Overfishing has become a concern in this bio-sensitive area.
Eagle snatching a fish
Eagle snatching a fish
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
Tourist boat - sensible eco-tourism is
Tourist boat - sensible eco-tourism is a concern to some experts.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special Reserve -
In the Biosphere Special Reserve - home to an occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve designated as a Biosphere Special Reserve.
Tour guide in the Biosphere
Tour guide in the Biosphere Special Reserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve designated as a Biosphere Special Reserve
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
The area is the home to
The area is the home to Mexico's largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get. The birds nest here from April to August, building their odd, conical mud mound nests in the shallows, each containing one egg.
American and Caribbean flamingos
American and Caribbean flamingos
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
Overfishing is a concern in this
Overfishing is a concern in this area.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to an occasional alligator.
In the Biosphere Special
In the Biosphere Special Reserve, home to an occasional alligator.
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos
Tour guide in the Biosphere
Tour guide in the Biosphere Special Reserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve
In the 118,00 acre nature preserve - the Biosphere Special Reserve - where mangrove trees contribute to an environment for more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and and occasional alligator.
A convenient perch
A convenient perch
Rio Lagartos - cleaning the catch of the day
Rio Lagartos - cleaning the catch of the day
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos restaurant
Rio Lagartos restaurant
Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos
Salt packs waiting for a pick-up.
Salt packs waiting for a pick-up.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water with their flags fluttering in the wind. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas). The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.  This
Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea.
Pelicans on an old pier in
Pelicans on an old pier in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea.
Pelicans and cormorants on an old
Pelicans and cormorants on an old pier in the village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. A few fishing boats bob in the water.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
In the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Kids in the tiny village
Kids in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos.
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Seaweed
Seaweed
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas).
Salt farming in the tiny village
Salt farming in the tiny village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here. It is is the largest salt operation on the coast. Other minerals in the ground make the water turn red, orange or purple colors (coloradas).
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio
Village of Las Coloradas, near Rio Lagartos. This is a place of salt, sand and sea. The access road to the village is not paved and is sandy, making the drive difficult at times for two-wheel vehicles.
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos -
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos - road kill
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos -
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos - grave
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
On the rural road that leads
On the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Along the rural road that leads
Along the rural road that leads to Rio Lagartos
Marshy salt flats in
Marshy salt flats in the north coast of Yucatan in Rio Lagartos town
Entering Rio Lagartos
Entering Rio Lagartos
Welcome to Rio Lagartos
Welcome to Rio Lagartos
Rio Lagartos (alligator river) is a
Rio Lagartos (alligator river) is a small town that offers the same hospitality as in antiquity when the Mayan name for the town meant "Head of the Kitchen". During that time it was a popular stopping point along the ancient salt trade route and known as a place for sustenance and a tranquil atmosphere, something you can still find there.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small working-class town with a tranquil
Rio Lagartos is a small working-class town with a tranquil atmosphere.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with fishing and tourist
Rio Lagartos is a small town with fishing and tourist boats.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with simple life.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with simple life.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with some holiday homes.
Rio Lagartos is a small town with some holiday homes.