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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Mexico
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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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Worth the trip

If you love birds, it is worth the trip to Celestun national reserve park from Merida. We had an amazing day to visit Celestun national park. We saw many flamingoes who were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2016
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Cashel, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Celestun is gorgeous but the overpriced tour is just not worth the money. We took the tour in April and got to see around 20 flamingos, a tour into the mangroves to see the clear water pools and we did not get to the Island of the Birds. The tour was around an hour and not particularly impressive, the driver... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

If you love birds, it is worth the trip to Celestun national reserve park from Merida. We had an amazing day to visit Celestun national park. We saw many flamingoes who were actively feeding. There are a lot of actions of nature to see.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely trip here with Lawsons yucatan. We were keen to see the flamingos. While it would be nice to get closer naturally you cant. While it was the off season we saw plenty of flamingos. Had a nice mangrove trip through an area fit for an anaconda movie! Just lovely!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Although a visit to Celestun is quite a long round trip seeing the Flamingos (even a fraction of the birds that must be there in the height of the season) made it well worth it.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

If you enjoy wildlife, this is the place for you. Thousands of Flamingoes, herons of all varieties, alligators, lizards and more. We highly recommend booking with Mayaland Tours and in particular Cesar Medina - if you get Cesar as your guideyou are in for a real treat. This young man is professional, knowledgeable and was born and raised here, speaks... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

The day we visited was cloudy, cool, and very windy. We actually wondered if we should continue with the tour given the conditions. We were glad we did. The boat trip to get into the wildlife area is only around 15 minutes from the docks. Our captain was very friendly and helpful (he spoke only Spanish, but between our limited... More 

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Tijuana, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

We are nature lovers, this is the kind of place my kids like to visit. To watch all this animals in their natural habitats is beautiful and educational. It takes one hour and a half from Merida, and the tour/boat was 1200 pesos for 6. We went to see the flamingos and the manglars, the guide answered all our questions;... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Celestún is a gorgeous fishing town, colourful and full of life, and one of the best parts is its nature reserve, famous for its pink flamingoes. It's definitely worth a visit, whether you're a bird-watcher/lover or not. The boat ride is fun, super high-speed and you'll get to see several different species of birds before entering the wetland, where you'll... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

See pictures for the wildlife we saw. We had a zoom lens to take the pictures. The reddish water was cool. The mangrove forest was neat. We took a swim in the forest near the Eye of the Spring. Now, if only this place was priced and managed more reasonably, I would give it a 5 star. A review below... More 

Thank Vagabondie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

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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