From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

4.5 / 5

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From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

From US$ 143 per person

See pink flamingos in the wild on a trip to the beautiful Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve where you can also swim at Celestun Biosphere Reserv and at Celestun Beach. Benefit from pick-up and drop off at your hotel in Mérida.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration: 438 minutes
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Mérida.

Experience

Highlights
  • See colonies of pink flamingos wintering in the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
  • Take a boat ride through the mangrove forest
  • Enjoy a delicious meal on the beach
  • wim at Celestun Biosphere Reserva and at Celestun Beach
Full description
Start the tour with pickup from your hotel in Mérida, journey to the amazing Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge in 1979. Explore the primary site for pink flamingos wintering in the northern hemisphere and get up close to the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Look for some of the other 300 species of native and migratory birds, along with reptiles, mammals and different plants. See large colonies of brilliantly colored flamingos feeding in the estuary, and take a boat ride through the mangrove forest that provides food and shelter for shrimp and other creatures. End with a delicious meal at a beach before the return journey to Mérida to get dropped off at your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guided visit to the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
  • Boat trip
  • Lunch
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Optional tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
COVID-19 Special information
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable sunscreen

Know before you go

  •  Wear light and comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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This was an outstanding trip. Our driver and guide Wilbur was excellent. The time for the journey from Merida to Celestun was only about 1 hour and 20 minutes, although we were a little late getting going. The wildlife tour was truly sensational. We saw hundreds of flamingos, many other bird species (our guide pointed out we were especially lucky to see so many), and even two crocodiles. The tour goes through a narrow mangrove forest - quite stunning - insect repellant is important. There is a short hike also and a chance to swim in a spring fed pond. After the wildlife tour, we went to the beach where we had a perfectly reasonable lunch at a restaurant. The beach is very nice and we had plenty of time for a walk and a swim. Mainly due to the wildlife part, this is a great tour. It was pretty expensive compared to other tours we have done in Yucatan but definitely worth it.

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March 9, 2020

Guil was our driver and guide for this tour. We were picked up at our designated location on time and a total of 6 passengers were in the van. Guil explained what the day would entail then he drove to Celestun. After a bano stop, we boarded a boat to explore the rio, see flamingos, glide through a mangrove tunnel, see a nearby cenote and enjoy many varieties of shore birds. After the boat ride, a short drive brought us to a very nice restaurant at the Celestun shore for lunch. Time allowed for a nice walk on the beach before boarding the van for the return to Merida. Guil was like having a personal naturalist as a guide. Very knowledgeable, versed in English and an excellent driver. The van was comfortable and clean. Highly recommend this tour.

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February 29, 2020

The guide was very knowledgeable and approachable, setting people at ease of the start. The gentleman who drove the boat through the waters had an excellent knowledge of birds, which also made the afternoon great. The mangroves were the best. I wish there was a tour that took you into them in the evening hours, and then cut the engine on the boat. That would reveal some wildlife! Of course, the flamingos were stunning.

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February 13, 2020

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