Hostel Ria Celestun
calle 12 No 104 x 13, Celestun, Yucatan, ., Mexico
More about Celestùn
View of the Gulf
On the yacht
Travel Tips for Celestùn
Celestun is a medium sized town. Surrounding Celestun is the Celestun Biosphere Reserve where one can hire a motor boat to drive through the wetlands, where you can spot hundreds of flamingos. The town of Celestun does not have much to offer other than a fantastic beach, which is far less rocky and dirty than those at Progreso.
Rodrigo made another stop at the Petrified Forest. The trees didn't look petrified to me, just dead. He explained in Spanish that either the water table went up or it went down and the trees died. My son, who was translating, wasn't sure which.
Rodrigo did a quicksand demontration, which we found amusing, especially since he tried to coax us into the crocodile infested water and take 100,000 pesos from us. He also snapped this photo of Lovey Howell, Mary Ann, Thurston Howell and the Professor who were hoping to be rescued from the island.
Flamingos in the Land of Flamenco
Driving due west of Merida in Yucatan will put you at Celestun in about 90 minutes. Celestun is at the mouth of the Celestun Inlet, which is both a mangrove wetland forest and stopping point for a number of migratory birds.
We went to see the flamingos, but we weren't certain the timing was right. We read that the best time to see them was March to September. Yet in January, we were lucky enough to see hundreds of flamingos. If January isn't the best time, I am really wondering what it must look like between March and September.
I know these birds in the picture are not flamingos (just in case you were getting read to send me a note). They're great white egrets. Flamingos aren't the only feathered friends that hang out in the inlet. Keep reading. Flamingos are coming up!
This excursion in the Celestun Inlet was fun and very worthwhile. I'm glad we made the 90 minute drive from Merida. Our guide, Rodrigo, was a lot of fun. The Celestun boat ride proved to be a highlight of our trip to the Yucatan.
Nature reserve at Celestùn
"All sorts of birds"
The primary reason one goes to Celestùn is to see the nature reserve. The nature reserve contains all sorts of water birds, but the star of the show is the flocks of flamingos. It is necessary to hire local motor boats to travel to the flamingo flocks.
Celestùn has a population of 6000, and is a quiet town (other than all the roosters that start crowing at 4am), with a nice beach and some tourist accommodations.
Flamingos in the wildlife santuary
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