Mangroves of Dzinitun

Mangroves of Dzinitun, Celestun: Address, Phone Number, Mangroves of Dzinitun Reviews: 5/5

Mangroves of Dzinitun
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Jun 2021 • Couples
In june 2021 me and my wife took the tour with 'Guardianes de los Manglares de Dzinintun'. Our guide was Onesimo, he was excellent. We took the canoa trip for 800 mexican pesos, it lasted about 2 hours. We could appreciate all the hard work of the Guarduianes to restore the mangroves - they started about 20 years ago with financial help from North America and Japan and what they have achieved is amazing (they don't receive any financial support from the government)-. Before taking the tour they warn us that in this time of the year there are almost no flamingos to see, but we were lucky and saw some. I recommend this kind of trip, because is more eco friendly and the people who offer the motor boats tours to see flamingos won't tell you that there is a very low chance to see any (at least this time of the year).
Written June 23, 2021
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Sarah Z
Mexico City, Mexico6 contributions
Sep 2020
We just did the Tour Especial de Lancha (motorboat special tour) with Jose (Guardianes de Los Manglaries de Dzinitun - find them on Facebook). We arrived at 7:30am at the meeting point and we went with Jose to the beach to hop on the boat. We were 2 adults, 3 kids (9, 7 and 3), and a dog! We rode for about 40 mins along the coast to reach the river mouth of the mangrove forest. We saw about 50 flamingos (it's not high season for them right now apparently). Still it was amazing to observe them, especially in flight! The mangrove tunnel was spectacular, with reddish orange water! The waterhole had this color too, due to the recent rains and sediment movement. Then, Jose took us to a completely empty beach that we saw on the boat ride back (we had to drive to reach it). We said, can we go there??! and he said, sure! He brought waters, sodas and fruit in a cooler, and was so attentive to our needs. I chose to bring sandwiches for us. He was very knowledgable about the region, the fishermen, and flora & fauna. It was an excellent experience! This tour cost 3600 pesos and lasted about 5 hours (including our relaxing swimtime on the beach with no other people around!). We wore masks throughout the tour. The region was shut down for 6 months due to covid, and so many of the guides and local tourism are suffering. Things are beginning to pick up slowly and I'm glad to do an outdoor tour like this safely, while still contributing to the local economy!
Written September 6, 2020
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Mike G
Providence, RI4,839 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Not exactly the motor boat tour to see the flamingos. The walk to the launch site is perhaps a quarter of a mile over a boardwalk to what the call a canoe (really a flat bottom boat) which is the polled by a guide for 2 hours (1300 pesos) or 3 hours (1700 pesos) in the mangroves and on the river. The guide was a very nice man who did his absolute best to point out birds etc with his limited English. The focus of our tour was definitely not on flamingos.
The walk back to the motor tut tut was about another quarter mile.
Overall we were pleased with the experience and would recommend it.
Written March 5, 2020
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Katherine N
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Jan 2022 • Solo
Such a wonderful experience with this company from beginning to end. You can tell they really, really care about you enjoying your time and made everything so easy, comfortable and streamlined. Gave great recommendations for hotels and food and made me feel very comfortable as a solo female traveler. I got the sunrise boat ride that starts while it is still pitch black out. I thought it was GENIUS and very considerate that when they had the taxi sent for me in the morning while it was still dark, they had a female come greet me and ride in the taxi as well. I got to be so much closer to the flamingos than I thought I would be, but a respectful distance, and they had mosquito repellent and even an extra sweater in case I got cold. The guide Issac had all the English I needed to understand what I was looking at. He was so so accommodating to my little fears of bugs and desires to see the flamingos from different angles and helping me find other great places in Celestun. Worth every peso and more.the pictures I took don’t show how close we were.
Written January 15, 2022
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Ferdinand S
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Mar 2022 • Couples
We had a blast kayaking with Isaac through the mangrove area and spotting numerous animals like eg. a boa constrictor, baby crocodiles, parrots, vultures and a lot more. We were super lucky to experience a group of Flamingos flying Right above our heads. Isaac even made unforgettable pictures in this exact moment and was a very communicative and caring guide during the whole experience.
Written March 11, 2022
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Sébastien V
5 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Jose led us through the mangrove on his kayak and told us about this fragile ecosystem, and the efforts made the preserve it. The incredible beauty and calm of this place soothed us, and Jose shared his extensive knowledge of the fauna and flora.

The absolute highlight was of course spotting the pink flamingoes. Here again, Jose could answer all our questions on this majestic animal.

If you love nature, I would strongly recommend this tour. It is very different to what other guides offer, as it is much longer (3h) and about understanding the mangrove ecosystem. We met with Jose at 6am to experience the stillness of this environment and see the sun rise on the laguna. Jose is knowledgeable, very kind and attentive. A highlight of our trip in Yucatan!
Written December 29, 2021
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Karin M
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Mar 2022
We had a wonderful early morning canoe tour through the mangroves. Our guide Angel peacefully propelled us along while telling us about the sights and sounds as we passed them. Angel was amazing at spotting and pointing out the often camouflaged inhabitants.

The early morning light was magical. As we traveled through a mangrove tunnel of about 800 meters, we saw and heard a lot of wildlife including huge termite colonies, woodpeckers, herons, racoons, a boa constrictor snake lounging in a tree and an adult crocodile and babies swimming about. Very cool.

We were also lucky enough to see many flocks of beautiful flamingos soaring above us as we hit open water. In the open water, Angel also had us interact with the local fishermen (crabbing and shrimping) which was very interesting to see.

Once out of the canoe, we explored the mangrove more using boardwalks. We finished our tour using a motorcycle taxi to bring us back to the entrance ~ all very enjoyable.

Along with a great adventure for us, it felt wonderful supporting this group and their commitment to the restoration and health of the mangroves. The canoes were so well taken care of and it was wonderful to see that many of the dedicated members of this group and area are woman.

The lack of tourism from Covid in the last few years has been hard on this organization. I would definitely recommend this tour, which in turn helps to support the groups' ambitions to provide ecotourism and conservation of the mangroves and mother earth as a whole.

Thank you Angel and Jose.
Written March 8, 2022
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Mareike K
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Jun 2021 • Couples
We did a kayak Tour with Jose through the mangroves and it was just amazing.
If you are interested in the mangroves and therefore looking for a real guide (not someone who takes you to a spot, waits a couple of minutes, smokes a cigarette and takes you back in a rush): then Jose is your man!
He has a deep knowledge of the flora and fauna and is truly passionate about preserving the area, he answers your questions thoroughly and takes all the time that you need to discover the beauty of the mangroves. He even took binoculars and a bird identification book with so that we could fully enjoy our tour.
We originally agreed on a kayak tour of 1.5-2 hours and ended up having a 4 hours trip.
Jose is super patient, very flexible and a 100% trustworthy person.

At first we were skeptical about the high price of renting the kayaks. It tooks us a little while to understand that he doesn’t provide the kayaks, Jose only rents them for the tour. So we paid the kayak guys for the equipment and paid Jose to be our guide.

If you speak Spanish, Jose can explain everything to you. If you only speak English, it might be handy to ask for a translator to get the most out of the tour.

In sum: Jose is a guide you want on your tour - every peso you spend having him to be your guide is worth it!
Written June 19, 2021
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Angie W
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Feb 2020
I did the 6:00 am canoe tour with Jose, and can highly recommend it. It is obvious that Jose is very knowledgable and passionate about the work that he and his team are doing to restore the mangroves at Celestun. I appreciate the hard work and commitment that he and they have put into restoring this area after it was damaged several years ago by a hurricane. During the tour, Jose pointed out several different types of birds and animals in the mangroves and in the lagoon and made every effort to help me take a good picture of each of them (moving the canoe in that direction and/ or shining a light that way). He asked at the beginning about my focus for the tour (seeing flamingos!) and then tailored the canoe tour around that. We spent a long time in the lagoon watching flamingos and then waiting for other groups of flamingos to fly in. It was amazing watching them up close. There were lots of other birds as well, mostly herons and egrets. I truly enjoyed the early morning experience in the canoe--it was very peaceful and relaxing, and I am very happy that I did not choose a motorboat. This tour cost a bit more, but it was worth every penny. I spent ten days in the Yucatan Peninsula, and this was a highlight of my trip. The tour was in Spanish, and I only speak a middling level of Spanish, but Jose made the effort to speak clearly and slowly and I don't feel like I missed a thing! He does also know the English names for many of the birds and animals that we saw. I would recommend this tour without hesitation. I know that Jose does hire other guides to provide tours as well, but I can't offer an opinion about those tours other than that those guides seemed nice.
Written February 18, 2020
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Jerry C
Salt Lake City, UT5 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We chanced upon this mangrove tour as we definitely did not want a motor boat excursion to see a few flamingos from a distance. We saw signs near the Biosphere Reserve offering kayak or canoe tours and followed the directions. There we met Jose and he gave us a rundown of the guided trip. Jose speaks Spanish and his English was perfectly fine to complement our very rudimentary Spanish. Jose used a push pole to quietly maneuver the canoe through an incredible mangrove labyrinth. Inside this sanctuary we saw many unique birds. Squirrel cuckoo, osprey, green and belted kingfisher, wood stork, green heron, olive-throated parakeet, willet, greater yellowlegs, white ibis, tricolored heron, reddish heron and many, many more. We also saw a dozen or so crocodile hatchlings that ranged in size from 8 to 12 inches. The tour lasted two hours and included a great deal of information regarding the extensive work that has gone into the rehabilitation of this mangrove ecosystem. Thank you Jose and the team that has made this an experience we will remember for a long time.
Written November 4, 2021
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