Eco Tourism, Birdwatching and Fly Fishing in Rio Lagartos, Yucatan
Diego Nuñez is an avid fly fisherman and experienced and trained bird guide, naturalist , certified guide by SECTUR NOM 009 , who pioneered flyfishing and eco-tourism in Rio Lagartos nearly 25 years ago when he established his family business.
He now works with his children son, Diego & daughter Andrea who are trained for flyfishing and fishing guides.
They are also experienced land birding and are qualified for the boat birding tours.
Diego’s wife Matildé runs the restaurant and Lodge “Ria Maya”with help from daughter Andrea and son and Diego
Diego Sr has attended many classes and workshops 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 ) 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 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 Government 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.
In Addition to guiding fishermen in the Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve, Diego leads special trips to the isolated marine sanctuary “Arrecife Alacranes” for Bonefish and Permit and birders to other locations in the Yucatan