A long lagoon borders the backsides of Chuburna, Chelem, and Yulculpetan. It is home to many waterbirds, among them herons, egrets, and eagles. For as little as 100 pesos (though if you've enjoyed yourself a tip is appreciated) a local will take you out in a little pole-propelled boat for a couple of hours.
In addition to the birds you may see crab, fish, jellyfish and a beautiful shellfish called 'barcolas' which I was told is the snail-like creature listed as 'cevitas' in the local restaurants.
Take a cool drink, plenty of sunscreen, binoculars if you have them and a camera - there won't be any splashing so don't worry about your equipment. Don't wear good shoes as you may have to step in the muck getting in or out of the boat. It's best to go fairly early in the day, both for your comfort and your guide's.
It's a quiet, wonderful world out on the laguna!
Walk to the boat-landing at the end of calle 10 (10th Street). If there's no one around, wait a few minutes - there's plenty to look at there. Tell whomever you see that you'd like to take a boat ride on the laguna, after, of course, you've said hello! If you don't speak Spanish, you can simply say 'quiero dar un paseo en una lancha'; it's pronounced the way it looks.
If you don't see anyone, inquire at any of the stores or go back another time.
I've heard that there are organized kayak trips available in Yulculpeten.
I have enjoyed a very delicious cold drink while enjoying a tasty fresh fish brought from the sea.
The food is okay, service is kind of average, but the view is worth.
They have a filtered pool for the kids to play, it is also a hotel.
Oh well, this is an experience, if you don't have a car and you plan to be really really away from everything in these towns here the the way to get there..
From Merida: Take the bus to Progreso. Departure: every 15 - 20 minutes.
$12 Pesos One way.
From Progreso: Right on the corner from the bus drops you, you must ask for churburna vans, they cost 8 pesos and they drop on in the village or ate the entrance of the house you might visit.
To Be back to progreso, you have to take the van from the ROAD, wait for it.. it takes forever so take your tenis-shoes and walk to the closet village.. If you are lucky the van will pick you up and take you straight to progreso..
It's better if you have a car and enjoy privacy with friends or family.. if you don't and don't want to spend hours under the sun, just relax in Progreso.. that's the closest beach from Merida City.
The trip is worth when you get to see the clean ocean..