Day Trip Celestun: Flamingos, Mangrove Boat Ride and Beach - Gray Line Yucatan
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Pass By: Gray Line Yucatán, Calle 35 #507c, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
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Pass By: Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Mexico
Get acquainted with your small group aboard the comfortable minivan before you reach Celestun Wildlife Refuge.
From the port, embark on a boat ride down the Celestun estuary – where stream currents meet the ocean tide on their way to the sea – inhabited by some of the most diverse bird species of the Yucatan!
Cruise through the mangroves on a boat ride and witness a spectacular show of pink flamingos – also called Caribbean flamingos – as they fly overhead. Watch thousands of the birds flock on shore as they eat the shrimp-like crustaceans that give the flamingos their unique pink color. The declared Biosphere Reserve is one of the only places in the world to view such numbers of these fascinating birds in the wild!
The estuary is a natural breeding ground for the flamingos and other birds after their long migrations along the eastern coast of the Yucatan. Keep an eye out for the American white pelican, one of the largest birds in North America, with a wingspan reaching up to 9.5 feet (3 meters).
Along the way, your guide will inform your small group about the mammal species of the region, including ocelots, spider monkeys and jaguars. Then, stop for a refreshing dip in the ojos de agua (eyes of water) – deep spring-fed pools hidden among natural tunnels of the estuary, formed among the mangroves.
Complete your day tour at a beach in central Celestun, where sand and sea of unrivaled beauty await you. You'll have time to swim and enjoy lunch here (by your own expensive).
- Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
- Boat ride
- Transportation from meeting point in Merida
- Drinks (available for purchase)
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please verify your near meeting point and schedule.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
The flamingos are beautiful and we saw a lot of them. It is a nice trip.
I was all set to give this a one star rating after I got into the bus to go to Celestun. The windows of the bus were painted over with ads so you couldnt see out! Then the TV was tuned into ads for the tour company, Myayland tours. It was a bad start. I paid good money for a fun tour not to be subjected to more ads. However, once we got to Celestun, things got much better. The boat ride was great. We saw lots of Flamingos and other birds as well: Wood Stork, Brown and White Pelicans, White Ibis, Am Coots, White and Great Blue Herons. We passed though a narrow opening in the mangrove, saw a fresh water spring. After the boat ride we spent a couple hours on a beautiful beach and had a great fish dinner not included in the tour package, but reasonably priced. Maybe 3.5 stars overall
Enjoyed the opportunity to see the flamingos in a bio preserve but really the boat ride was only an hour or so of the day. The better part of the day was getting in and out of Mérida after picking up a number of people at different hotels. Then after the mangrove swamp, we were taken to a restaurant of the companie's choosing where we had to feed 20 ish people before we really had the opportunity to get in the water. In truth, it took over 3 hours to get to Celestun and another 2 hours to get back. I might try to find a tour that had less guests so that we weren't spending the better part of a day on a bus.