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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

Mexico
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: This preserve is important as a main area in the migratory and...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner 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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Rhinebeck, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

we went even though the guides said the best season for the flamingos was summer and we arrived around noon though the guides said the best time was early morning. We took the hour and a half boat tour (the shorter one), AND WE WERE BLOWN AWAY. the estuary is so peaceful, it is lined with the birds you only... More 

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Stockport
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I decided to add a day trip to Celustun (from the excellent Regional centre of Merida) after reading about it in Lonely Planet. My wife and I enjoy a bit of wildlife and nature viewing. It's quite a long and boring drive, and Celustun town itself is a bit run down, with a slightly scruffy beach - although we were... More 

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Perth, Western Australia
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52 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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
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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Winnipeg
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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86 helpful votes 86 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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