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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

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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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Flamingos as far as the eye can see ...

Seeing the flamingos was great, as was having a dip and seeing the petrified forest, as others have said. The 90 minute trip could cost you more than it needs to though. You can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Seeing the flamingos was great, as was having a dip and seeing the petrified forest, as others have said. The 90 minute trip could cost you more than it needs to though. You can get trips from the sea shore at Celestun or from under the road bridge before getting to Celestun itself. We had a car and found parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The flamingos are really cool. They actually take you close to them but the camera won't show this. Ask for the guide to show the food of the flamingo, which is like a wormish thing (picture below). I recommend to ask your guide to take you to the "Petrified Forrest". It's an area where the trees died due to a... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

There are guided boat tours of the Reserva de la Biosfera Celestun from a state park area just after you cross the bridge into Celestun at the end of the long remote stretch of road from Merida. Although touts will try and persuade you to rent a boat into the lagoon from the beach, we understand that it spends quite... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Seeing these birds up close - probably the only time I will be able to see pink flamingos in my lifetime as there are only two nesting grounds in North America - both in this region of Mexico - was wonderful. I really enjoyed getting out of Merida city for this quiet experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We visited Celestun in the month of July. We traveled with children 7-15 years of age. We got to see lots of flamingos and seagulls. We went trough the canal to visit the "Ojo de agua" or water spring and stayed for an hour to swim. The water was cool and nice. This place is absolutely beautiful! My kids loved... More 

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B.A.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Beautiful natural area with amazing wildlife . Lots of flamingos, if you lucky you see crocodiles from canoe. Posibility to take bath in salt water lake and scrub with clay. Worth the mess.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Local fishermen sideline by taking tourists on a circuit around local waterways providing the opportunity to view flamingos, other aquatic birds, fish and crocodiles in their natural habitat. The trip also goes in to a mangrove swamp that is truly something to see. There is also a natural pool where one can swim, although it isn't recommended because of alligators... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We decided to take a day off from the usual tourist attractions and see some nature and unwind. As many of the other reviewers have stated the refuge is full of wildlife. The tour boats take you around the river and stops when they see something that may be interesting. You can also take a quick dip in a cenote... More 

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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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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