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Fly Fishing Yucatan
Rio Lagartos,Yucatan

Diego Nuñez Jr. & Sr.

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Professional Eco Tourism, Birdwatching and Fly Fishing in Rio Lagartos, Yucatan

I am a very fortunate man . I grew up surrounded by this remarkable wilderness and It has given me and my family the opportunity to earn our living introducing visitors to its wonders. The Yucatan has a resident flock of 40,000 Flamingos that mate and nest here,395 species of birds have been reported and we have a biodiversity I believe second to none in Mexico. We have a remarkable selection of fauna and flora here. The tarpon fishing is some of the best in North America.

For nearly 25 years I have worked as a birding guide and have guided Tarpon Fly Fishermen. During that time I have worked to promote the area to help attract fishermen and birders. There have been many  changes here during those years that this promotion has created.  As more visitors want to discover what we have to offer, increasing pressure has been put on the Bio Reserve. With more visitors  have come more hotels and restaurants  and many more tour operators bringing tourists to see the  Flamingos. Few of the new operators understand the delicate balance of nature here or have training.  Very little  has been done by the Bio Reserve (which has very limited funds) to control and regulate the new operators. High speed trips through  the estuary to the nesting grounds grounds disturb wildlife and cause unnecessary pollution from outboard motors. Slow and careful trips need to be the rule.New regulations need to be enacted and enforced  or we will become victims of our own success .

With the very low elevation of the land here we will be among the first to feel the  serious results of climate change. Already we have flooding at high tides if accompanied by wind. Rises in ocean  levels make the barrier islands which protect the villages and nesting and feeding grounds of the  Flamingos vulnerable to erosion. The barrier islands are our main protection from hurricanes. A breech in the islands would cause major changes in the habitat Flamingos need for their survival.

There are many challenges, but I am optimistic that changes can be made if the political will can be found. People need to pressure and support their politicians to help them find the courage to make the  changes that are necessary.

Diego Nuñez

Diego Nuñez fly fishing guide Rio Lagartos,Yucatan

Diego Nuñez is an avid fly fisherman and experienced and trained bird guide, naturalist , certified guide by SECTUR NOM 009 , He pioneered flyfishing and eco-tourism in Rio Lagartos nearly 25 years ago when he established his family business.

He now works with his son Diego & daughter Andrea who are trained for flyfishing and fishing guides.

They are also experienced in 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 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.

Diego Nuñez teaching a birding class to the children of Rio Lagartos
Diego teaching a class of bird identification to the children of Rio Lagartos

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 he guides avid birders to other locations in the Yucatan

A barracuda caught from the beach on Alacranes