El Cuyo is the hidden gem of the Yucatan emerald coast. You can find this charming fishermen’s village on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea mingles with the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is located a little under two hours from Cancun and three and a half hours from the colonial city of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state. El Cuyo is a small beach town community where you will enjoy the tranquil ambiance of a port. Everything about it invites you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.
The hidden paradise is nestled in the National Park of Ria Lagartos, which is internationally famous for 20,000 pink flamingos that come to the area between January and September to reproduce. It is also the home of the sea turtles that visit the beach shores between June and August to lay their eggs in the warm sand. With more than 250 different birds visiting Ria Lagartos, it’s a great place for bird watching. In addition to the diverse wildlife, you will find a tropical forest of royal palms, coconut plantations and majestic ceiba trees, the state tree of the Yucatan.
As you arrive to El Cuyo, you will cross over the Ria Lagartos, a red/pink lagoon whose color is the result of a high concentration of the salt. This lagoon separates El Cuyo from the mainland. The lighthouse that welcomes you as you drive into town is built on the remains of the old Mayan ruins. The village is home to 1500 permanent residents that are dedicated fisherman living in colorful wooden houses.
El Cuyo’s location provides breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the ocean. At night, you can enjoy a cozy campfire on the beach while covered in a blanket of stars in the sky.
-Written by Yucatan Today
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