Flamingo Tours

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Río Lagartos , Mexico
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The brilliant orange-red flamingos can turn the horizon fiery when they take wing. Depending on your luck, you'll see either hundreds or thousands of them. The best months for viewing them are June to August. The four primary haunts, in increasing distance from town, are Punta Garza, Yoluk, Necopal and Nahochín (all flamingo feeding spots named for nearby mangrove patches).

To see the flamingos, you'll need to rent a boat and driver. You'll see more bird life if you head out at sunrise or around 16:00. Prices vary by boat, group size (maximum six) and destination. Plan on packing something to eat the night before, as most restaurants open long after you'll be on the water.

You can negotiate with one of the eager men in the waterfront kiosks near the entrance to town; it's nearly impossible to get through town without being approached by someone. They speak English and will connect you with a captain (who usually doesn't). The best guides are to be found at Restaurante-Bar Isla Contoy (862-0000); driving into town, turn left on Calle 19 at the sign for the restaurant-bar. From the bus terminal, head to the water and turn left (west).