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Address: Mexico
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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Let the locals guide you

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Mexico City
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Mexico City
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145 reviews 145 reviews
30 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 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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21 helpful votes 21 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
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19 helpful votes 19 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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San Diego, CA, USA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Let me start by saying I am a bird watcher, so of course having the ability to see thousands of Flamingos in one place was a life changing event for me. But my husband is quite "ho hum" when it comes to bird watching, and even for him, he immensely enjoyed the spectacle of so many birds. We went in... More 

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Wilmington,De
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128 reviews 128 reviews
8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Highly recommend this day trip ..Where else can you see FLAMINGOS ...thousands of flamingos that close .We were there in Dec and it was a great day

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Austin, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Flamingos. Flamingos. Unbelievable. You can go to the bridge coming into town. The boat and boatman/guide cost 1200 pesos for about an hour and a quarter. The one we had this year spoke some English and knew a lot about the birds. After we spent time with the flamingos, we went by the pelicans and cormorants nesting in the mangroves,... More 

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