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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

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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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Flamingos, petrified forest and a boat trip

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... read more

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

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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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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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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Address: Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula

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