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Celestún

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Celestún, old salt-producing hacienda and beach day

Celestún, old salt-producing hacienda and beach day

We will leave the city of Mérida for the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a multicolored paradise just 95 km away, west of the state capital. Upon arriving at the fishing community of Celestun, we will board a boat to take a tour of the estuary. The Ria Celestun Reserve, with an area of 60,000 ha, is the favorite place for thousands of flamingos to feed and rest. Inside the mangrove, we will visit an area with dead trees, known as the "petrified forest", and a fresh water spring where we can swim and refresh. We will continue to "La Herradura" in Campeche, where we will visit the ruins of the old salt-producing hacienda and the pink salt lake. We will return to Celestún beach, in Yucatán, to eat and enjoy the beautiful beach.

From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Mérida and travel to the amazing Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge forty-four years ago. Celestún, a natural paradise in the Gulf of Mexico, is a biosphere reserve located in a coastal corridor of wetlands with mangroves, dunes, pentanes, lowland jungle, and grasslands that protect the natural evolutionary processes that are the heartbeat of the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the biosphere on a boat ride through the beautiful estuary for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Visit the feeding area of several birds such as flamingos. 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. Enter the mangrove trails to discover the special balance of this ecosystem. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant (cost not included) with free time to enjoy the beach before returning to Merida.

From Merida: Celestun mangroves, pink flamingos and beach

From Merida: Celestun mangroves, pink flamingos and beach

Discover the mangrove reserve through a boat tour Observe various endemic and migratory birds that live in the mangroves Bird watching includes binoculars to observe them up close The best season to see many flamingos in Celestún is between December and March; The rest of the months there are few or no flamingos, however, other types of local birds can be observed. Cool off by swimming in a freshwater spring located among the mangroves. Optionally, you can take photos with the raccoons on the pier, which you can feed with the help of the tour guide. Enjoy eating at a beachfront restaurant where you can also lounge and swim. Celestún is the most beautiful beach in the state with crystal clear waters all year round.

Merida: Celestun Beach and Mangrove Boat Ride Day Trip

Merida: Celestun Beach and Mangrove Boat Ride Day Trip

Discover the Celestun Biosphere Reserve on a full-day tour from Merida. Take a boat ride through the mangroves, relax on the beach, and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. After being picked up in Merida, head to the Celestun Biosphere Reserve. Take a boat ride through the mangroves and spot different kinds of wildlife like birds, fish, crocodiles, raccoons, and more. After the boat ride, relax on the beautiful Celestun beach. Enjoy the white sand and the blue unspoiled sea. Head to a local restaurant for a meal before returning to Merida.

From Merida: Celestun Biosphere Reserve Day Trip

From Merida: Celestun Biosphere Reserve Day Trip

Discover the natural beauty of Celestún on a full-day tour from Mérida. Take a boat ride through the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, see flamingos, and relax on the beach. Enjoy a regional meal at a beachfront restaurant. Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Mérida and head to Celestún. Arrive at the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve and board a boat for a 1.5-hour ride. Visit the bird rest area, watch flamingos, go through the mangrove tunnel, and swim in a freshwater eye. After your boat ride, head to the beach. Spend 3 hours at the beach to eat at the restaurant, swim, and explore the surroundings. Relax on lounge chairs, swing, or use the bathrooms and showers. Enjoy a regional meal at the beachfront restaurant. Choose from chicken or fish. After your meal, take a 15-minute stop at the Celestún letters for photos. On the way back to Mérida, stop at a local stand to buy natural products made from coconut.

Merida: Celestún Biosphere Reserve and Beach Private Tour

Merida: Celestún Biosphere Reserve and Beach Private Tour

We will leave Mérida heading to the west of Yucatán to visit the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, where aboard a boat guided by one of the locals, we will navigate through mangroves discovering some of the 560 species of animals that inhabit this protected natural area. Of which 300 are birds, if we are lucky, we will be able to spot tiger herons, seagulls, ducks, crocodiles, spider monkeys and maybe even an ocelot. Celestún is one of the most representative areas of the state, where the most exotic species of the Yucatecan geography coexist, among them the pink flamingo, which reproduces from November to April, the ideal season to appreciate the courtship of this species and enjoy a wonderful spectacle with its peculiar low flights. We continue our tour by boat to visit the Isla Pájaros, which we will border to admire its fauna, then we will enter the mangrove tunnel, a place that looks like something out of a movie, to discover an incredible waterhole in the Baldiosera spring, which will wait to mitigate the heat by immersing yourself in its sweet, fresh and crystalline waters. If you are a nature lover and you are passionate about photography, you cannot leave the Yucatan without first visiting this ecological paradise! Important note: The sighting of flamingos is not guaranteed, since it depends on factors such as weather conditions, flamingo migration season, among others. The recommended period for flamingo sighting is from December 15 to March 15. Finally, we will move to the beautiful beach of Puerto de Celestún, where you will also be fascinated by tasting the culinary delights of the Yucatecan coast in a typical coastal restaurant on the seashore, If you like, you will have enough time to take a dip in the sea, sunbathe and relax, walk enjoying the Emerald Coast.

Merida Yucatan: Private car, Driver & Certified Tour Guide

Merida Yucatan: Private car, Driver & Certified Tour Guide

All our tours are 100% personalized. The following description is a suggestion. Tailor-made for you: Your journey begins with a pick-up at your chosen time and location in Merida, ensuring a seamless start to your adventure. Journey through time: Relax on the 1.5-hour drive to Chichen Itza, absorbing the Yucatan Peninsula's vibrant landscapes. Prepare to be awestruck by the ancient Mayan city! Explore at your own pace: Immerse yourself in the magic of Chichen Itza, marveling at towering temples, intricate carvings, and the iconic El Castillo pyramid. Beyond the ruins: Enhance your experience with optional add-ons. Savor authentic Yucatecan cuisine at a local restaurant, and/or plunge into the cool, refreshing waters of a cenote (natural sinkhole). Create your dream day trip: Share your preferences, and we'll curate the perfect itinerary, ensuring an unforgettable experience from Merida to Chichen Itza and back. Tickets, Lunch, Parking, Toll, etc... are not included. The Service is in Yucatan Peninsula From Merida City and no more than 400km Round Trip. If you need More KL or other state , please contact us before booking this service.

Celestun mangroves boat tour from Merida

Celestun mangroves boat tour from Merida

Enjoy a happy and pleasant trip in our comfortable units with excellent service and a relaxed atmosphere. We will stop in Celestun, where we will take about through the mangroves, we will observe the birds, flamingos, crocodiles, and much more due to its diverse flora and fauna. We will enjoy the interesting landscape that this place will show you Then you will have time to walk through the beautiful city of Celestun, where you can take pictures of the colorful houses and get to know its calm city; In addition, you will have time to relax on the beach, sunbathe and swim on the blue ocean if you wish!.

Excursion to Celestun, Swimming, Hiking & Boat Ride

Excursion to Celestun, Swimming, Hiking & Boat Ride

Discover the natural wonders of Celestun, nestled within the Yucatán state. As you journey through the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, marvel at the diverse ecosystems teeming with life. Your adventure begins with a guided boat ride lasting 1.5 hours. Glide through the tranquil waters as your expert guide leads you to the bird rest area, where you'll witness the graceful flamingos in their natural habitat. Traverse through mangrove tunnels, immersing yourself in the serene beauty of this coastal ecosystem. Afterward, cool off with a refreshing swim in a freshwater eye, surrounded by the lush greenery of the reserve. Throughout the experience, your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the region's ecology, history, and wildlife, ensuring an enriching and memorable journey.

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4.3
(31 reviews)

Great service—good communication about transport. Be sure to ask to feed the raccoons at Celestún! They were adorable and very friendly. The beach included here is gorgeous and not crowded, and the food provided with the tour was excellent.

This was the best day thus far in Merida! Eric was such an amazing host and genuine person! If you re looking for a day trip to be with nature, sun, food, meet the locals and beach day!!! Book him!!! Muchas gracias Eric and your team!!

The transportation was comfortable. Eric was very friendly, had nice conversations. He also gave good recommendations for restaurants in Merida. The highlight for us were the flamingos and eating and swimming on the beach.

The whole experience was great. The air conditioning suv was a huge plus especially when the weather was in the 38+. The pacing of the tour was chill and relaxing. Really enjoyed the experience! Highly recommend

I enjoyed that fact that it was only 4 of us plus our tour guide. Eric is very knowledgeable and patient. Transportation had good AC and we were right on schedule both going and returning.