Chichen Itza, the pink lagoon and pink flamingos

Merida, Mexico

Animal experience hosted by Hernan

  1. 11 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Spanish

What you'll do

This experience departs from Merida, city. We'll be back in the city of Merida between 5 to 6 pm. From the Flamingos area to Merida is around 2.5 to 3 hours drive.
Avoid crowds, no tourist traps, no buffet meals
I will pick you up at the meeting point, the goal is to arrive in Chichen Itza early, since is the most visited in the area, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the site with less people, have better pictures and take advantage of the fresh morning. We will stop in a convenience store to grab something to eat. Inside the archaeological site i wil explain you the importance of the city and the mayan civilization. Afterwards we will continue to Temozon town where we will eat lunch, they have a great variety of local food as well as vegetarian options. We will hit the road again towards Rio Lagartos to visit the salt mines in Las coloradas, where you will be able to take amazing pictures of the pink pools and the pink flamingos that inhabit the biosphere reserve of Rio Lagartos. On our way back to Merida we will make a final stop in a Cenote where you will have the chance to swim in their crystal clear water. Finally we will head back to Merida.
Other things to note
Transportation included
Entry fee to Chichen Itza and cenote not included
Chichen Itza $533 pesos
Cenote $80 pesos
Food 90 pesos
only mexican pesos are accepted to pay the fees and food
This experience departs from Merida, city. We'll be back in the city of Merida between 5 to 6 pm. From the Flamingos area to Merida is around 2.5 to 3 hours drive.
Avoid crowds, no tourist traps, no buffet meals
I will pick you up at the meeting point, the goal is to arrive in Chichen Itza early, since is the most visited in the area, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the site with less people, have better pictures and take advantag…
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What's included

  • Drinks
    A cooler with ice and purified water will be available during the trip
  • Tickets
    Biosphere reserve fee to observe pink flamingos in their natural habitat

Meet your Host, Hernan

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I'am a licenced tour guide in history, archaeology and nature of Mexico since 12 years ago, in addition i have a open water scuba dive certification as well
I've been guiding travelers up tu 20 persons, familys and couples doing one day tours and multidays tours, citys and states like Mexico city, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan Peninsula and the riviera Maya. As well as other countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belice and Cuba. Visiting archaeological sites, natural parks, biosphere reserves, reef snorkeling, whaleshark snorkeling, jungle hikes, treking, bycicle tours, photography tours, wildlife tours and birdwatching. My backround, knowledge and experience will guarantee that you and your family will have a fantastic and fun day with accurate and solid information.
I'am a licenced tour guide in history, archaeology and nature of Mexico since 12 years ago, in addition i have a open water scuba dive certification as well
I've been guiding travelers up tu 20 persons, familys and couples doing one day tours and multidays tours, citys and states like Mexico city, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan Peninsula and the riviera Maya. As well as other countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belice and Cuba. Visiting archaeological sites, natural parks, biosphere reserves, r…
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Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
Catedral de Merida
Merida
we will visit Chichen Itza, the salt mine of las Coloradas, the pink pools, a solitary beach in the gulf of Mexico and a Cenote

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 141 reviews.

  • Morgan
    January 2022
    I had such a blast on this experience. I loved listening to Hernan at the temples sharing the history. He was intentional at every turn and really made sure we had a great time!
  • Karena
    January 2022
    My husband and I did this experience with Alejandro (Alex). It was fantastic but a very long day. It’s worth the very early start to get to Chichen Itza when it first opens. By the time you leave, there are so so many people there. First thing in the morning means the best photos and a better experience. The cenote was absolutely beautiful but a bit cold. We enjoyed it anyway! Lunch was at a very authentic restaurant, not at all touristy. Good food, good service. Las Coloradas was cool to see. We personally recommend taking pictures from outside and not paying extra to go “in”. You can very similar pictures from the shore. The flamingos were quite far away, but they are wild animals so there’s no controlling that. It was still a beautiful drive in a wildlife preserve area with no other people around. Alejandro was great. He was very informative, honest, and funny. He kept us on track and on time. Our driver (I don’t know how to spell his name) was also great. He kept us safe and get us places on time. One thing to keep in mind is that the roads in this part of Mexico can be rough. This was particularly true between the restaurant and Las Colorados. If you get motion sickness, you may want to skip this one or prepare to sit in the front of the van and take lots of naps. The tour is also longer than advertised. We left at 6am and didn’t return until 730pm. All in all, this was a fantastic experience. One that you could maybe do for cheaper but with a lot more headaches. The staff of this experience plan everything for you. They get all the tickets so you never wait in a line and they even pre-order your food (with your input) so you don’t need to deal with ordering at the restaurant. We highly recommend this experience!
  • Micah
    January 2022
    This was a really great tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. A huge highlight was getting to Chichén Itzá before the crowds and the vendors. We were literally the first group of people in to the site. This makes a huge difference for getting to take in the structures because I have also gone when there are huge crowds, and it is not an enjoyable experiences. Lunch was great, and the day was well planned!
  • Jamie
    January 2022
    Edgar was a great guide - knowledgable and friendly. Despite the early start it's really good to beat the crowds at Chichen Itza, you can get photos with literally no other people in them :)
  • Araceli
    January 2022
    This is a great Tour if you want to beat the crowds of Chichen-Itza, we were first to the site so got to take some amazing pictures! You do have to get up early (we got picked up at 5:30am), but to me that was worth it. We went to a very clear cenote, great food at the restaurant they work with, and there was flamingos this time of year, just a little far away. Edgar and the driver were great, they got us to the places in time and it was well organized. It was a long day we made it home at 7pm, but we did and saw alot, so I'm happy with my experience! 😁👌
  • Hector
    January 2022
    Our Tour guide was Alex and he was amazing. He was very knowledge able and knew exactly what he was doing and answered every question we had. In this trip you will learn alot and see a beautiful ancient place chichenitza was magical. Dont miss out on a beautiful trip

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