Day Trip To Celestun: Flamingos, Mangrove Boat Ride And Beach Break - Merida

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    9:20 am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Tour departs from most Merida hotels
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 6pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Get up close to thousands of pink flamingos and other incredible wildlife species on a boat ride through the estuary of Celestun Wildlife Refuge. This official Biosphere Reserve is home to more than 225 mammal species and youre sure to spot some of them on this day trip from Merida! Your knowledgeable guide will point out pelicans and other birds as you coast through the mangroves, with a visit to a local beach in Celestun. Enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 25 people.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Drive to the village of Celestun, located just 60 miles (98 km) southwest of Merida, after morning pickup from your hotel by your guide. Get acquainted with your small group aboard the comfortable minivan before you reach Celestun Wildlife Refuge.

From the port, embark on a boat ride down the Celestun estuary where stream currents meet the ocean tide on their way to the sea inhabited by some of the most diverse bird species of the Yucatan!

Cruise through the mangroves on a 1.5 hour boat ride and witness a spectacular show of pink flamingos also called Caribbean flamingos as they fly overhead. Watch thousands of the birds flock on shore as they eat the shrimp-like crustaceans that give the flamingos their unique pink color. The declared Biosphere Reserve is one of the only places in the world to view such numbers of these fascinating birds in the wild!

The estuary is a natural breeding ground for the flamingos and other birds after their long migrations along the eastern coast of the Yucatan. Keep an eye out for the American white pelican, one of the largest birds in North America, with a wingspan reaching up to 9.5 feet (3 meters).

Along the way, your guide will inform your small group about the more than 230 mammal species of the region, including ocelots, spider monkeys and jaguars. Then, stop for a refreshing dip in the ojos de agua (eyes of water) deep spring-fed pools hidden among natural tunnels of the estuary, formed among the mangroves.

Complete your day tour at a beach in central Celestun, where sand and sea of unrivaled beauty await you. You'll have time to swim and enjoy lunch (own expense) here before heading back to your Merida hotel.

Inclusions

  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Boat ride
  • Meals

Exclusions

  • Drinks (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The next hotels have meeting point: HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, HAMPTON, MESON DE LA LUNA AND SPA, MISION EXPRESS MERIDA ALTABRISA, CITY EXPRESS, HACIENDA MISNE.  The meeting point is at Gray Line Office (Street 60 Av. Colon LOCAL #9 PLAZA BONITA). Please confirm your schedule

If your travel date is on Sunday, we do not have pick-ups. The meeting point is Gray Line Office (Street 60 Av. Colon LOCAL #9 PLAZA BONITA) at 9:00 am