Pink flamingo is the great icon of the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve. The fishing village of Celestún, located in the Gulf of Mexico, is the main base for visitors to the Reserve.

La Biosphere Reserve Ría Celestún is one of the 4 cataloged in the Yucatan Peninsula: the Ría Lagartos, Calakmul y Sian Ka'an complete the nature offer. The Ria Reserve lizards, located on the north coast of the Gulf, shares the leading role with that of Celestun, also having the Pink flamingo as a maximum claim.

The coastal population of Celestún is part of the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve. Celestún is the main base of visitors to the Reserve, where there are several cooperatives that offer boat rides through the estuary. In Celestún, lodging and restaurant services have been emerging, as well as alternative offers to discover the area.


Boat trips to see the pink flamenco in Celestún

There are two main points from where the boats that run through the estuary of Celestún, natural habitat of the flamingos. There are alternative ways of visit the estuary, as the outputs in kayak I have never done it and I feel like it.

  • FROM THE BRIDGE DOCK: some cooperatives are located in the spring of entrance to the town of Celestún. The entrance is well signposted, right across the bridge: there you will find the toll booth and the information. There are services and shops.
  • FROM THE BEACH OF THE TOWN: also boats go out, just keep in mind that the distance excursion is longer. Bordering the coast to enter the estuary is beautiful too.
Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 1 flamingos

The Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve:

Lovers of nature and ornithology will enjoy the Reserve: 304 bird species have been counted among residents and migrants. The great attraction of the excursions is the Pink flamingo, one of the most attractive, curious and elegant birds in the field of tourism. For those who have not had the opportunity to flamecos, Celestún It is a great option.

Ah, the worst months to see flamenco are May and April, many are going to nest in the north of the Peninsula. In these months it is a good option to visit the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve.

Flamingo feeds on crustaceans and algae. Its pink color is due to the feeding


The magnificent natural setting of the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve It's not just about flamingos, more surprises await you. The boat ride It runs among cormorants, herons, flamingos, vultures, frigates, pelicans, hawks, ospreys and hopefully you will see some kingfishers. You forget everything navigating the river, pure enjoyment.

La Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve It is an ideal place for bird watching. There are more than 300 bird species in the Reserve

Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 2 flamingos
Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 3 flamingos
Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 4 flamingos

The waters of the estuary are a mixture of the salty waters of the sea and the sweets that sprout in the form of water eyes: springs of fresh water that look for their exit to the sea, the underground rivers of the Peninsula.

The color of the waters changes throughout the year, from the intense red due to the dye of the mangrove, to the turquoise green. The Biosphere Reserve of Ría Celestún It surprises you no matter what time of year you go.

Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 5 flamingos

Excursions by the estuary of Celestun:

They offer several types of excursions, which vary according to the route with more or less stops. The longer trips take you to the petrified forest, a forest burned by salt, very dreamlike. All excursions offer a visit to the Island of the Birds, islet covered by pelicans and frigates, where you can observe the birds in their different life cycles depending on the time of year you go: nesting, reproduction, mating.

Boat trips of an hour and a half to 1700 mxn by boat, with capacity up to 6 people.

Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 6 flamingos
Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 7 flamingos

The boats travel the mangrove channels that come out like veins along the sides of the estuary. One of the stops brings us to a waterhole, where you can bathe in the crystal clear waters. The spring water is sometimes dyed earthy, depending on the time of year and rain, which removes the funds.

Waterhole it's where the spring water gushes


How to go to Celestún from Mérida

  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From Mérida, buses depart from 71 street between 64 and 66 (2 hours approx.).
  • ON TOUR WITH AGENCY: Mérida agencies offer day trips through the Celestún Reserve, pick you up at your hotel and they are small groups.

You can book this excursion to Celestun from Merida

The town of Celestun:

For travelers who love ornithology or for those who simply enjoy nature, Celestun is a safe bet on your trip. And if you are one of those who do not go in a hurry I recommend you to stay for the night, you have the possibility of discovering the area with bike rides, canoeing or going to see spider monkeys.

Try eating in one of the beach chiringuitos with bare feet on the fine sand. Here the fish, the shrimp, the crab, the octopus and the snail are the kings of the tables, accompanied with a guacamole and refreshed with a beer ... órale México.

Celestún means painted stone. It is a fishing village of less than 5000 inhabitants The annual average temperature is 26,5 º C


Do you think renting a car?

I usually encourage you to go out by car, I think it's a great option. I link you Tips for driving around the Peninsula and what you will need to rent a car.

I recommend you book your car online months before, especially if you travel in peak times such as Christmas, Easter or summer. They tend to increase prices as the date approaches, just as it happens with airline tickets. You do not need an 4 × 4 to travel the Peninsula, the roads are good and safe. If you have any questions write us and we try to solve.

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Where to sleep in Celestún?

I have stayed several times in Celestun, a joy to enjoy the sunrise on the beach. If you have a chance it is a good option. Yes reservations through the blog, you do not get more expensive, you benefit from the offers, and it's a way to support my work upon receiving a small commission. Sincere thanks to all who collaborate.

It is entertaining to live the places with quiet curiosity. If you are lucky and you agree with a fair in the town, you will be able to take advantage of to play again to things that you did not remember, you will surely enjoy it. Yes, look for a lodging away from the hustle and bustle of the central park, you will appreciate it, they put the music to a devilish volume in the parties of all the towns. ??

The best hours for the boat ride through the Celestun Biosphere Reserve are at sunrise or sunset

Celestún It was one of the first places I met when I came to live in the Peninsula, I had never seen flamingos before and it was one of the experiences I wanted to have. After 10 years in the Peninsula I keep looking at Celestun with a big smile in my heart.

Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 8 flamingos

Celestún Biosphere Reserve

LOCATION: Celestún is located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico at 90 kilometers from Merida. Hour and a half by car on the 281 road.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Mérida depart buses from 71 street between 64 and 66 (2 hours approx.). From Merida, organized day trips to the Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve.
SCHEDULE EXCURSIONS FOR THE RESERVATION: they are during the sunny hours.
PRICE WALK IN BOAT: 1600 mxn per boat, with capacity up to 6 people. They make excursions of 1 hour or 1 hour and a half. You can share it with other travelers who arrive at the dock.
TIPS: eat in one of the restaurants on the beach, the desserts are ordered by street vendors. The best hours for observing animals is at sunrise and sunset.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes better and water always goes well. And do not forget the swimsuit.

Good way,

Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, more than 9 flamingos
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