Rio Lagartos and San Felipe Rio Largartos, located within the Reserva Especial de la Biosfera, on the northern part of the Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico, is famous for its enormous flamingo colony and large variety of other species. Protected by the SEMARNAP to shield the diverse flora and fauna of the area, it was register in the United Nations in 1986 as an area of important international wetlands. The village of San Felipe is 6 kilometers west of Rio Lagartos. This very picturesque fishing village has colorful painted wood and cement homes, good restaurants and hotels. This is a fantastic area for bird watchers and those who want to see an unusual area that is off the beaten track. There are different options in boat trips out of Rio Lagartos and San Felipe that will take you into the sea. Enjoy your journey through this part of Yucatan. Xcambo This beautiful place, located in the Yucatan State, translated from Yucatecan Mayan to English, means the place of the crabs or crocodiles. This is a rather large site that has been somewhat restored. Six kilometers from Telchac Puerto and two kilometers from the coast, just off the Progreso-Dzilam de Bravo road, Xcambio is a curious combination of Mayan ruins, a Catholic chapel ans a small, freshwater spring. The oldest evidence of occupancy is fron 150 BC to 300 AD. According to archeological theories, Xcambo was an important city and a provider of salt to the Mayan cities of Izamal, Oxkintok and Ah Kim Pech. They also produced extensive handcrafts and exchanged goods with the Mayan cities in Campeche, Tabasco, Guatemala and Belize. This is marked similarity between the buildings in Xcambo and those inland in Izamal, making archeologist believe that Izamal Mayans used this site as a port. In the area there are no cenotes but about 10 natural springs. On May 30 the locals honor the Virgin Mary. Some say she appears in the church near the largest pyramid.