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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: This preserve is important as a main area in the migratory and...
This preserve is important as a main area in the migratory and reproductive cycle of pink flamingoes, and other coastal birds.
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Day Trip to Celestun: Flamingos, Mangrove Boat Ride and Tampeten...

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Unspoiled beauty

Such a beautiful place - the boat ride allowed us to see flamingos, birds, crocodiles and fish in their natural surroundings. Our guide steered us right through the mangroves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful place - the boat ride allowed us to see flamingos, birds, crocodiles and fish in their natural surroundings. Our guide steered us right through the mangroves. We had a chance to swim in a natural spring and marveled at the scenery. On the way back to the dock our driver slowed down so we could see the... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We drove from Merida to Celestun on Christmas Day. The drive seemed to take forever (all those small towns with their one-way, narrow streets and topes - thank goodness for the GPS). When we got to Celestun we tried to find the fishermen's collective I read about, but we couldn't, so we went back to the main, motorised tours of... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Take a boat at RIa Clestun and visit the flamingos. Recommend you wear your swimming suit as the boat will take you to a spring as part of the tour. Try to share the boat with more people as 1 trip cost around 100 dollars , if you can share the better. After they boat trip drive to Celestun town... More 

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Mexico City
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147 reviews 147 reviews
32 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This place is located near Merida, Yucatan. It is better if you go with a tour, because they make all the needed arrangements. In the place you cannot make noise in boats or be too close to the birds, the noise stress them and is not good for their health (scared they fly and so they spend too much energy... More 

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shiner02
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A little hard to find/get to, but once there it is very peaceful and beautiful. In the mornings the beach is littered with huge 5-pointed starfish (we put 15 of them back in the water).

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Rented a car and drove out to Celestun to see the flamingos. Nice drive, went through a great little town call Uman. Rented a boat that we shared with three other visitors (cost is 1200 pesos, so it was 200 pesos each.) Unfortunately the guide did not speak much English so didn't get much of a description during the ride,... More 

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Москва, Россия
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21 reviews 21 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you really want to enjoy birdwatching, you should arrive to Celestun closer to sunset (before 1 or 2 hours). At this time there are no tourists, and you can ride a boat alone. Boat comes very close to flamingo! Don't forget to take pictures :) You can also see pelicans, cormorants, herons, gulls and visit a real mangrove forest.

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Sydney, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Paseo Por La Ria De Celestun is a natural reserve on the Yucatan Peninsula.This place was absolutely amazing and my first time to see flamingoes in their natural habitat.They sound like geese talking.It is the largest area of mangroves in the Gulf Of Mexico.Our guide told us the males have more pink.A couple of them were wrapping their long necks... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I wasn't sure what to rate Celestun. I lived in Florida for 20 years so I've seen herons, mangroves and alligators. However, it was still enjoyable. Seeing flamingos in their natural habitat is really spectacular. For those who have never lived in Florida, this could be a fascinating experience. The guides do not speak Spanish but you can still enjoy... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Great tour, great beach and the flamingos were amazing. Best tour and a very good lunch were included.

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