Homepage / Tours / Private Ek Balam & Rio Lagartos Tour

Private Ek Balam & Rio Lagartos Tour

Private Ek Balam & Rio Lagartos Tour the 1st Next Tour Image Private Ek Balam & Rio Lagartos Tour the 2nd Next Tour Image
Mayan Cenote Swim
No image
Go for a refreshing swim in a Mayan cenote
Amazing Wildlife Sighting
No image
See flamingos, cranes, crocodiles and more!
Mangrove Boat Ride
No image
This tour will take you on an exciting boat ride through the mangroves
Traditional Mexican Lunch
No image
Includes a visit to a local restaurant for an authentic meal


Embark on an exclusive journey through the jungle and learn more about Yucatan's history on this amazing private tour!

This Ek Balam tour departs from Cancun and is the perfect option for families looking for a fun and educative day-long experience outside the resort.

The tour starts in Cancun or other parts of the Riviera Maya where you are staying. You'll be picked up from your accommodations in a large van with AC and driven straight to Rio Lagartos.

Located in an enormous lagoon between Merida and Cancun, Rio Lagartos is home to over 300 species of birds, reptiles, and fish. Here, you'll take a relaxing boat ride through the lagoon, navigating through mangroves on your way to see America's largest flamingo colony.

You'll also get the chance to take an exfoliating mud bath and wash off at a freshwater pool before enjoying a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

Once you're done, it's time to hop back into the van and head over to Ek Balam. Located in the heart of the Yucatan jungle, Ek Balam is an enormous archeological complex with incredibly preserved murals and artwork.

Though less popular than Chichen Itza, Ek Balam is larger and even more fun to explore, as the lack of crowds gives you more space to explore to your heart's content.

Our bilingual guides will show you around the archeological site for two hours, sharing the story of the region and what makes the ruins so special. As your journey through the jungle comes to a stop, you'll be able to swim around a majestic freshwater cenote before heading back to Cancun.

This exclusive private tour is a can't-miss, all-day adventure. There are few Ek Balam tours from Cancun and even fewer private ones, so if you're looking for a safe and fun experience for the entire family, this is it!

What's Included

Round-trip transportation to and from your hotel in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Riviera Maya
Snacks (fruit and peanuts), Beverages (water and sodas), & Lunch
Entrance fees, Bilingual guide, Boat ride, & Snorkel equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this activity safe for a family?
The Private Ek Balam and Rio Lagartos Tour is perfectly safe and a fun activity to do as a family. Though there are some swimming portions to this tour, most of the tour takes place either on a boat –with security measures– or walking. There's plenty of walking on this tour, including on rough jungle terrain, so keep that in mind when booking this tour.
What should I bring to this tour?
The Private Ek Balam and Rio Lagartos Tour takes place in the jungle, so bringing bug repellent is a must. You should also bring: Biodegradable sunscreen, comfortable shoes and clothes, sun protection, swimsuit and a change of clothes.
What kind of wildlife can I expect to see?
The Ek Balam Tour from Cancun will take you to the heart of one of Mexico's largest natural reserves, so there are plenty of opportunities for wildlife encounters. Flamingos and various crane species are guaranteed, but there's a good chance you'll also spot crocodiles, iguanas, turtles, and countless different bird species. Don't worry about the crocodiles. Though there are swimming areas in Rio Lagartos, these are crocodile-free.
What's included in this tour?
This Ek Balam tour from Cancun includes: * Land transportation from and to your hotel. * Entrance fees to Ek Balam and Rio Lagartos. * Lunch, snacks, and water. * Snorkeling equipment. * Bilingual guide. * Boat ride through Rio Lagartos. *

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour
Your tour costs are refundable if canceled 24 hours before the tour departure. If booking using the Book Now, Pay Later option, the 5% deposit is non-refundable under all circumstances.

Quick Facts


12h 00min


Itinerary • 12h 00min • 6 activities

point icon

You'll be picked up at your Cancun hotel and driven to Rio Lagartos.

3 hours
point icon

Enjoy a great boat ride around Rio Lagartos and see the biggest flamingo colony in the Americas.

2 hours 30 minutes
point icon

Eat a traditional lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Ek Balam.

1 hour 30 minutes
point icon

Take a guided tour through this archeological site as you learn more about Mayan culture, then travel to a small cenote for a refreshing swim.

2 hours
point icon

Refresh yourself in the fresh waters of a cenote before heading back to your hotel.

point icon

Relax as you head back to your Cancun hotel.

3 hours