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From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

4.3 / 5

34 reviews

Activity provider: Amigo Tours LATAM
Water activity

From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

Activity provider: Amigo Tours LATAM

From US$ 154 per person

See pink flamingos in the beautiful Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve and take a swim. Benefit from pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Mérida.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Mérida.


  • See colonies of wintering pink flamingos
  • Visit the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
  • Take a boat ride through the mangrove forest
  • Swim at Celestun Beach in the nature reserve
  • Discover other native species and birds of the area
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.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guided visit to the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
  • Boat trip
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 34 reviews

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Our guide and driver were great. Friendly with lots of information. The rides were pleasant even though there's not much too look at until you get to the biosphere. The boat ride and seeing the flamingos, mangrove, etc. was terrific. It was really fun and interesting and unique. Celestun is a small, sleepy town with a big beach. We were there on a cloudy, windy day so couldn't really take advantage of the beach. The food options were pretty limited and just average as compared to Merida as whole. But the experience is definitely worth it - especially if you like birds and wildlife.

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March 29, 2023

This trip to Celestun was amazing. The driver was prompt at our hotel, courteous and friendly. The other attendees were nice, too. The flamingo/boat ride was so fun and interesting. Never thought I'd see flamingos in real life. What an experience. We finished the day with the beach side relaxing. The food from the restaurant was fine- maybe lacking for me since I'm vegetarian but there was an option or two. The weather and water was beautiful. And the ride back was quick. Thank you!

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March 29, 2023

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 29, 2023

Product ID: 53397