Ria Maya Restaurant & Birding Lodge
Eco Tourism and Birdwatching in Rio Lagartos,Yucatan with Diego Nuñez and Rio Lagartos Adventures
Diego Nuñez is an experienced and trained bird guide,naturalist and avid fly fisherman) who pioneered eco-tourism in Rio Lagartos more than 20 years ago when he established his family business.He now works with his two sons Diego and Jorge who are in training for land birding and are qualified for the boat birding tours.They are also trained as fishing guides. Diego's wife Matildé runs the restaurant "Ria Maya Restaurante"
(formerly Restaurante Isla Contoy) and "Posada Diego and Matilde"
with help from daughter Andrea and sons Jorge and Diego
Diego has attended many classes and workshops and Posada on nature, birds and preservation of the Bio-reserve and Petenes(fresh water springs) including the RARE Nature Guide Training Course Yucatan Peninsula (April 1998)
He studied with Barbara McKinnon in the first group of birding guides she helped train(1996) and he has continually helped to add to the bird counts that she keeps and publishes for Rio Lagartos and the Yucatan Peninsula.(see bird Lists in Navigation bar)He has personally added 6 new birds to the list.The count now is 395 for Rio Lagartos. and 555 for the Yucatan.
He is a qualified nature and birding instructor who has trained many of the guides in Rio Lagartos and has given classes to many groups of children and adults to help further their appreciation and understanding of the natural world around them.He has worked extensively with Pronatura,Ninos and Crias and other environment and Goverment Groups such as Conap.Diego has assisted visiting scientists and biologists with their research efforts and has been involved with bird monitoring,flamingo banding,crocodile tagging,maintaining water flow in the area's fresh water springs,reforestation, as well as animal rescue work with sea turtles,flamingos, and area birds.
Diego with a group of Rio Lagartos
grade school students in the first session of a bird identification class.
Diego with his wife Matilde' who runs the restaurant and his daughter Andrea and sons Jorge and Diego jr.
Diego Nuñez jr, Diego Nuñez, Jorge Nuñez and Francisco" Paco"Machain.Diego's sons and Paco do the flamingo trips,Boat birding and are fly fishing guides.
William Canto(Willy) is a graduate biologist and avid birdwatcher and photographer..He works with the Mexican Dept of Forestry and
spends weekends and vacation times leading groups of birders in Rio Lagartos and on longer trips in the Yucatan. He is fluent
in English and an expert birder.