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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: 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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Perth, Western Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a pleasant day trip from Merida. Saw lots of birds and the mangroves were nice. Disappointing not being able to get close to flamingoes, just pink dots in the distance, the water was too shallow for the boats. Did see a very small alligator though. The lunch at the restaurant which was fish was very good also.

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Durham, North Carolina
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We booked the tour at the docks right when you come over the bridge into Celestun. Pros: beautiful wildlife, including various birds and mangrove forest, easy tours, and where else can you see this many flamingos? Cons: pricey if you don't come in a big group or piggy-back with other travelers (and still not cheap when you do), I also... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I took a day trip excursion from Merida in the end of December to the biosphere, and was very impressed with the tour as we saw a fair bit of wildlife on comfortable boat ride and short nature walk, with the flocks of flamingos we saw being by far my favorite

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We walked through swampy terrain (already an adventure) to get to the area where flamingos live in the wild. Amazing to see these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. Sinking in mud up to our ankles was worth it.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just an hour drive from downtown Merida, we went to Celestum looking for some bird watching, coastal exploration and beach restaurant. We got tickets for our boat ride at the marina located at the entrance of the Celestum town. Very well organized, boat owners are unionized and based at that marina so prices and quality of the tours are standard.... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We went from Merida on a day trip to Celestun. You stop at a small marina and get in a small boat to go up the river. There are lots of sea birds. The flamingos are very popular. We had seen some other species in Africa. Now we need to go back to Bolivia to see the rest of them.... More

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Chilliwack, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

From the sleepy beach village of Celestun, you can take a boat tour from the beach, around the point seven kilometres away and into the Ria Celestun, a broad and somewhat murky estuary. In one backwater there are several hundred squawking flamingoes (from March through September) and it is a compelling sight. From there the boat, which carries eight passengers... More

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Highland Park, Illinois
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We went to Celestun as a day trip from Merida. I am so glad we did. They say that these are the most colorful flamingos in the world and I am quite sure that they are right. We went in January which turned out to be the perfect time because it is mating season for the the flamingos and the... More

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The pink flamingo estuary of Celestun made for a fun day tour, for sure! You get on a fiberglass boat with 6-8 other people, and if you are lucky, you get a super guide, as we did - he was loaded with information and details of what we were privileged to see! To look out in the distance and see... More

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75 reviews 75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The home of thousands of flamingoes -- sights you very likely will not see in too many places. The refuge is just outside of the town of Celestun, and the facility that welcomes you is modern, with comfortable facilities. The cost to rent a guide and his boat is reasonable, and the earlier you get there the better. This wonderful... More

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