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Flamingo watching in Celestun, Yukatan, Mexico

View beautiful pink flamingos and other wildlife from up close
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.841 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún is a laguna in the Yucatan Province that is famous for its pink flamingos. You can take a boat... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Rent your boat

When approaching Celestun from Merida you will see the boat rental location on your left after crossing the bridge over the laguna.

You can rent a boat with captain here. You can rent an official boat, as well as a cheaper unofficial one.

2. Flamingo hangout spot

This is where a group of several hundreds flamingos were standing in the water when we visited (in April 2010... this may be dependent on the season but your captain will know). The flamingos are of a beautiful pink color. Spend at least 10 minutes here to take in the typical sounds and take pictures and video.

3. Canal

The boat passes through a narrow canal here, which is overgrown with dense vegetation. The entrance into the canal at high speed can be quite breathtaking.

4. Board walk - See a crocodile here

There is a small dock here were your captain can land the boat. You can go on a very short (200 meter) loop walk on a wooden board walk. We saw a small crocodile from about 10 meters distance and many small fish in very clear water of this small side canal.

5. Lunch at the beach

When you are done with your boat tour, head to Celestun beach to have lunch at restaurant Los Pampanos, which serves fabulous fresh seafood (try the stuffed grouper a la plancha), and cold lemonade and beers. Choose a table on the beach to let your bare feet sink in the sand and relive your memories of flamingos and crocodiles.