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From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

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Visit Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve on a tour from Mérida and see the resident pink flamingos. Go swimming, look for native and migratory birds, and ride a boat through a mangrove forest.


  • Wander into a natural paradise with biosphere colonies of pink flamingos
  • Explore the Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve on the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Admire a scenic landscape surrounded by mangroves on a boat ride
  • Go swimming at the freshwater springs of Celestún Beach
  • Discover coastal and marshland birds such as herons and gulls


Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Mérida and travel to the amazing Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge forty-four years ago. Celestún, a natural paradise in the Gulf of Mexico, is a biosphere reserve located in a coastal corridor of wetlands with mangroves, dunes, pentanes, lowland jungle, and grasslands that protect the natural evolutionary processes that are the heartbeat of the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the biosphere on a boat ride through the beautiful estuary for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Visit the feeding area of several birds such as flamingos. Explore the primary site for pink flamingos wintering in the northern hemisphere and get up close to the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Look for some of the other 300 species of native and migratory birds, along with reptiles, mammals, and different plants. Enter the mangrove trails to discover the special balance of this ecosystem. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant (cost not included) with free time to enjoy the beach before returning to Merida.


Hotel pickup and drop-off Celestún Biosphere Reserve entry tickets Bilingual tour guide Boat trip (1 hour and 15 minutes)

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