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smirnofforiginal Says: Celestun is a sanctuary for birds, of which there are plenty. But we, along with most other people that make it to Celestun, came to visit the flamingos.The best time to visit the birds is in the morning because of the possible winds that often swirl up in the afternoons.You...
karenincalifornia Says: The main highway into Celestun turns into Calle 11, which dead ends at the beach and the large palapa. At the dead end we were immediately greeted by a "broker" who spotted us for tourists right away. The broker told us he could fix us up with a good English speaking guide...
karenincalifornia Says: Our "broker" took us to the marina and introduced us to our guide and captain. His name was Rodrigo. But there was a small problem. Rodrigo didn't speak English. So much for the English option. No problemo, we said, and I told my son who studied Spanish for 5 years that he...
karenincalifornia Says: This is a terrible picture. The weather didn't cooperate and I don't have a high powered lens, but these are white pelicans. We have the brown ones all over the California shores, but not the white ones, so this was a real treat. Rodrigo told us the white pelicans appear in...
karenincalifornia Says: After our excursion in the Celestun Inlet, we stopped off at Restaurant Chivirico for some lunch. Chivirico had an amazing selection of seafood, cooked a number of different ways. Now, it is really tough being a vegetarian here. I could have ordered an egg and cheese omelet,...
Many parts of the Celestun Inlet are very shallow. In fact, when you see the flamingos, they are walking on the sand, so usually the water at that point is only a few inches deep. Our guide, Rodrigo, had to deftly navigate through all the shallow canals.
At one point, the engine filled up with sand, and an engine full of sand just doesn't get you anywhere. First, we are shaken down for 100,000 pesos. Then our guide encourages us to walk the plank and tries to lure us into crocodile infested waters. Then we are marooned on a sand bar. But Rodrigo finally got the sand out of the engine and we were off again, motoring down the inlet.
Updated Feb 3, 2007
In Celestun, on main square, there's a restaurant (I'll add name soon) that advertises all kinds of desayunos (breakfast). It was a total rip off. We ordered toasted bread and coffee. The coffee was tasteless and had bits of white stuff floating in it.. the toast was actually not toasted, but we'd seen in a shop you could buy "toasted" bread, actually just hard bread. The butter and jam was out of the original packet (total lack of hygene when you consider everyone dunking their knife and spoons inside). And the worst is that we paid 70 pesos for THAT! The previous day we'd had a beautiful breakfast with omelet and all, for just 10 pesos more, without counting the breakfast in San Cristobal for 44 pesos for two, with real toast, delicious coffee, juice and fruit.
Also had to wait hours for someone to notice us, hours to be served (when all we got was dried bread out of a packet) and no one came for us to pay.. lady sent a little boy, I guess she didn't dare face my wroth.. but I told the little boy that the breakfast was no good and that 70 pesos was really an exageration.. Thinking back, should have talked to lady and given her a piece of my mind.. but left a note saying that I'd defenatelly do a write up of their restaurant on VirtualTourit!
Unique Suggestions: Don't go!!!
Fun Alternatives: Go to an other restaurant.. jsut accross the road, there's a supper one...
Written Nov 3, 2005
Between Merida and Celestun are a number of small Yucatecan towns. Very poor, but they have their charm. Typically, in the center of town is a park or town square and a painted Catholic church. This town may have been Kinchil.
Written Jan 22, 2007
Favorite thing: 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.
Written Oct 5, 2003