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.