- 9 hours (Approx.)
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Get up close to thousands of pink flamingos and other incredible wildlife species on a boat ride through the estuary of Celestun Wildlife Refuge. This official Biosphere Reserve is home for mammal species and you’re sure to spot some of them on this day trip from Merida! Your knowledgeable guide will point out pelicans and other birds as you coast through the mangroves, with a visit to a local beach in Celestun.
- Family friendly
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
- Boat ride
- Transportation from meeting point in Merida
- Drinks (available for purchase)
- Hotel pick up and drop off
1: San Juan Park, Calle 67A 529, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
2: Gran Hotel, Calle 60 496, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
3: McDonald's, Paseo de Montejo 454, Itzimná, 97100 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
4: Mayan World Museum of Mérida, Calle 60 299 E, Unidad Revolución, 97110 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
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Stop At: 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).
Duration: 8 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please verify your near meeting point and schedule.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We had a great time! It was a small group, which was excellent. There were only about 25 flamingos we think it was the end of the flamingo season but it was amazing to see them in the wild. Our guide was excellent and spoke very good English. I would definitely do this tour again.
Truly unique experience and our guide Rosendo Pech with Gray Line Tours made it so enjoyable that we requests him as our guide again for our next excursion.
A beautiful trip. We had a lucky viewing of many flamingoes, the mangroves and Celestun were both cool. The lunch was good and it was great to have a bit of time at the beach as well. Thank you Jorge, it was a treat to share your knowledge of the area.
How many times do you get a chance to see flamingos in their natural habitat? In addition to seeing the flamingos I really enjoyed the swimming hole located at the end of the estuary that meanderes through a jungle of mangrove trees and is filled with beautiful and exotic birds. Our guide Rosendo made the tour all the more fun. This is a great day trip from Médira.
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
Knowledgeable English speaking guide, good transportation. Well organised, but expensive. Lunch was not included for us, but the place we went served excellent food with a nice beach in front. Hotel pickup is only within a certain range from the city center.
All in all this tour is perfect if it was half of the price.
The trip and everything we saw was amazing, the only complaint I had is that it could very well have been a half day trip. The afternoon was just a stretch on that if you do not want to swim at the beach, it is a big waste of time.
The flamingos experience was so nice though you can almost disregard the afternoon.
This was a nice trip to Celestun. The boat ride was excellent. there were not too many flamingos as it was the end of the rainy season. More can be seen in Jan-Feb time frame. The restaurant for lunch not included in price was also excellent. Enjoyed blue crab, local fish and grilled shrimp. Delicious. Watched local fisherman bring their catch to shore.
Our guide was amazing and the whole day long experience was one we will never forget. The food at the beach restaurant was very good, but also rich, lots of cheese and cream sauce.
Excellent time even though it was the off season for the birds. Nice lunch on the beach and enjoyed the ride through the mangroves.
The highlight of this tour was definitely the flamingos. We got to see hundreds and hundreds of them and it was quite breathtaking to do so. Our boat driver did a great job of finding us spots to get nice views of the flamingos. When either our guide or boat driver would see something like a crocodile or perched blackhawk during the boat ride, they would get us to within a safe distance to watch and take pictures.
After we were done with the boat ride, we went for lunch. The stop here was for a couple of hours. After lunch we basically had a good amount of leisure time to walk around the beach or do some sunbathing.
All in all a great tour!
I took two teenage daughters who loved riding the boat out to the flamingos and getting to swim in the cenote. We even saw a couple of baby crocodiles sunning within feet of the walking deck. I wish I had brought a stronger camera with zoom lens. The ecological reserve was great but I was a little disappointed in the beach itself, as the village is rather undeveloped and not spruced up for tourists. Discarded plastics were a problem.
This trip was terrific! Our guide, Wilbur, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw thousands of flamingos on the boat ride, and we got quite close so we could take photos and enjoy the experience. When we went through the mangroves, Wilbur proved he was good at spotting birds and wildlife: we saw coatis, a green kingfisher, and a black and white warbler. Lunch was also good--because you purchase it separately from the tour, you get to order whatever you want. Try the ceviche.
Beyond my expectations. We saw thousands of flamingos in large flocks just like the picture. No petrified forest but we had a delicious lunch.
Perfect day! Courteous mini van driver. Boat tour was amazing.got as close as possible to the flamingos and alligators. Beach and drinks were great finish to a perfect day!