Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve

Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve

Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
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  • Arthur K
    Glasgow, United Kingdom84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boat trip from the new Reserve visitor area
    We pitched up in the morning at the new visitor area and were met by our guide Albert who pulled in another couple to share the boat. Albert was a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, and talked us through the beautiful wildlife on the reserve. We dipped through the mangrove swamp, and saw flamingoes (although truth be told the best view of flamingoes is from the birdwatching spot on the edge of town). A great trip
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Karin M
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must if you visit Yucatán
    We had a great time at Ria Celestun. It is well organized and the guides know their way through. It was a good time of the year to find flamingos, we saw lots of them, along with crocodiles and other beautiful birds. Loved it !!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Joe and Amy Taylor
    Beaufort, South Carolina37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Flamboyance of Flamingos---A natural treasure---Peace on Earth
    Like many others we came to see the flamingos. The adventure started as soon as we met 2 other couples from Europe who wanted to share the cost of renting a boat and guide to see the mangroves. There were literally thousands of flamingos. And there was so much more natural beauty to see.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2024
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Joe and Amy Taylor
Beaufort, SC37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Like many others we came to see the flamingos. The adventure started as soon as we met 2 other couples from Europe who wanted to share the cost of renting a boat and guide to see the mangroves. There were literally thousands of flamingos. And there was so much more natural beauty to see.
Written 20 February 2024
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Karin M
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had a great time at Ria Celestun. It is well organized and the guides know their way through. It was a good time of the year to find flamingos, we saw lots of them, along with crocodiles and other beautiful birds.
Loved it !!!
Written 3 January 2024
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Arthur K
Glasgow, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We pitched up in the morning at the new visitor area and were met by our guide Albert who pulled in another couple to share the boat. Albert was a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, and talked us through the beautiful wildlife on the reserve. We dipped through the mangrove swamp, and saw flamingoes (although truth be told the best view of flamingoes is from the birdwatching spot on the edge of town). A great trip
Written 9 November 2023
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pemex
Minneapolis, MN129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Started boat tour from the end of the causeway that crosses the Ría Celestún. Price was $2,400 MX pesos (today is February 27, 2023) per BOAT. Check the tides. Too low and boats cannot get as close to the birds. Too high, and birds may or may not be feeding. Our ride was just right! We had a great time observing about 6,000 to 7,000 flamingos. Amazing to see and hear. The boys were looking to find mates. Also spotted other typical species such as Roseate Spoonbill and Boat-bill Heron. Our guide was amazing wealth of information but in Spanish only. A great day on the River. Highly recommend if you depart at the right time of year and right time of day.
Written 27 February 2023
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Leland R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Excellent boat tour from launching site just over bridge coming unto celetun. Saw flamingos and other large burd species
Written 30 January 2023
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Leo A
Amsterdam, The Netherlands14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Great if you wanna see Flamingos,
Try to get a discount by waiting for more people to join in the tour.
The guide was easy going and it was a nice boat ride for hour plus
Written 15 January 2023
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ElvisTaco
Texas148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
My third time on the boat, because I want others to have this amazing tour. Know what to expect, like what months there are lots of flamingos. We saw a hundred, and from a distance, but we were impressed. bring binoculars. Also, pelicans, blue herons, egrets. Mangrove forests were fascinating. Our guide had a lot of information to share, and obviously took pride in this place. We were fine with our poor Spanish, but if you have no Spanish you should ask for an english-speaking guide.
Written 25 November 2022
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Adam N
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
You are paying for the boat, not the person. Therefore, it is worth paying for the boat together with other tourists. Cost for the boat: 1900 MXN. Make sure to take binoculars with you! Boats are far away from flamingos, binoculars are a big help. Apart from the group of flamingos, you probably won't see any other animals. But you will see beautiful mangroves. Duration of the tour: approximately 90 minutes.
Written 24 June 2022
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Bill H
San Jose, CA190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
The boat tour of the Biosphere Reserve was the highlight of the recent trip I took to the Yucatán peninsula with members of my family. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Well, unless you go do it again. It’s not really that hard.
Anyway, the boat tours leave from the dock just before the entrance into Celestún. They’ll take you out to see, during the winter months, 1000’s of flamingos feeding in the inlet. After that they’ll take you through a beautiful channel in the mangroves, where you can disembark and walk a short elevated walk to see burbling freshwater springs, learn how to identify the 3 main types of mangrove species, and learn low biodegraded foliage emits tannins into the water, possibly causing the Greater American Flamingo to be the rosiest pink of all the Flamingo species.
Alberto was a passionate and knowledgeable guide, his enthusiasm for the Reserve was contagious. It’s really a remarkable place, and I would say one of the best short ecological tours I have done.
Written 30 January 2022
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Brenda B
Ogden, UT433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Our group took a private boat ride to see birds and had our own guide. In October the water has lots of tannins from the red mangroves and is beautiful when the sunlight shines on it. Only saw six flamingoes, but still a lovely place to visit.
Written 23 January 2022
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