We went on the Mayan Heritage tour of the Celestun estuary with our guide Gabriel. There were fourteen of us and we paid 600 pesos each without lunch, (700 with, if I had my time again, I'd pay the extra 100 pesos). Essentially, you get driven to the Celestun estuary via some very interesting Mayan villages, with Gabriel giving us the good oil in both English and Spanish. We arrive at the estuary and then its a tour of the mangroves, with a number of stops to look at the wildlife. Sadly, the flamingos weren't in residence, but we did see a number of our remarkable feathered friends, including some bright pink spoonbills. The highlight however, was a walking tour through the mangroves in which we were taken to a fresh water spring, feeding into the estuary in which we could swim. Even more amazing was the fact that we were sharing the spring with a couple of alligators, who, thankfully, seemed more or less disinterested in feeding on us. High adventure indeed! Our guide assured us we were safe and it turned out to be true. Then it was back in the car for the short trip to Celestun itself. Along the way, we saw a flamingo! But only one and he was a very long way away. But nonetheless, mission accomplished. At Celestun we ate in a very enjoyable beach side restaurant, with everyone getting deeply into the spirit of the day, drinking cervezas and tequila and generally having a great time before a quick dip in the Caribbean. . Gabriel was brilliant the whole way and made sure we had an excellent day. Highly recommended.
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