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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

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Phone Number: 019999248284
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This preserve is important as a main area in the migratory and reproductive...

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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Nice experience with kids

We drove from Merida (1.5hr) its a nice ride and the roads are in good conditions unlike some reviewer have suggested. Soon after you cross the bridge on left you can park car and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We drove from Merida (1.5hr) its a nice ride and the roads are in good conditions unlike some reviewer have suggested. Soon after you cross the bridge on left you can park car and buy tickets. We reached at 10am and there were couple other folks with whom we boat pooled to divide the cost. Btw, when we got back... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We were based in a hotel in Merida and at the suggestion of the hotel, went to Celestun with the tour guide suggested by hotel in late December and there weren't a whole lot of flamingos (we saw maybe 60-70 at different spots and maybe 10 white pelicans) and you couldn't get too close. Binoculars or zoom lens cameras are... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We visited this place on Dec 25th, 2 adults & 2 kids (10 & 8). First off, if you don't have pesos for the entry, they totally rip you off with Dollars. The conversion they gave us was 1 dollar - 12 pesos, when the exchange rate is 16.4 pesos.We thought it was way too much to pay 1200 pesos... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

My husband and I visited Celestun on a private bird tour with David Bacab (who is an amazing guide and a great guy). My husband is very into birds and I kind of go along for the ride. However, I have to say that even I got excited about some of the birds that we were seeing ... there is... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I have seen the flamingos, the main feature of boat tours in Celestun, much nearer and for free in Chelem. But the tours from Celestun are value for money. They are not that expensive to start with and the helpful guides tell a lot of information about local flora and fauna, including the flamingos. It also feels good to help... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Our visit to celestun was amazing. We rented a boat with a guide and had anamazing ride on the canal. We saw a lot of flamingos, pelicans, egrets and even one crocodile. We opted for the extended trip to the islands and it was spectacular. Our guide was great and spoke english teally well. Definetly a must do if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I was here on October 31,2015. I knew it was not peak flamingo viewing time but was pleasantly surprised. Our guide ferried us out among the mangrove islands and as we turned right, there were about a hundred flamingos feeding in shallow water. The quietude and serenity are incredible. Unforgettable day.

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

If you like to watch birds - resident and migratory, this is a great place. If you are lucky (the information is conflicting when that is), you may see hundreds of thousands of flamingos. We saw may be 20-25. There were however plenty of other birds - including Canadian Pelicans who migrate during winter. 200 Peso per person boat ride... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This is a popular beach destination for locals in the Yucatan but much less popular than many of the other beaches for tourists. We were there in February - the weather was great and there were almost no other tourists around. Unless you are going in high season - no need to book a hotel - just show up and... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

To save some money, we took a local bus from Mérida (56 pesos per person each way) - a very pleasant ride. At Celestun we took a motorboat for 200 pesos per person with only two other people in the boat. I guess this is the cheapest way to do it and you can easily do this on your own... More 

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