Celestun and Merida
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 10, 2012 4:42 PM Last Post By: artico1
Jul 9, 2012 10:09 AM
Celestun and MeridaHi travellers!
In three days I'll be in Mexico, I'm in my last minute planing ( I hadn't enough time before for planning) I had some questions and I would like to post them here and get some replies.
What would you recommend me to visit in Mérida for three days? Saturday and Sunday I`ll be in Merida.
I would visit Chichen Itza from Valladolid, I guess.
How could I reach Celestun from Merida? How long does it take? Are there any flamingos in July, because if there are not, then I would change my plans and I would sightsee something else..
Jul 9, 2012 10:27 AM
1Probably, not the best time, though I have no first hand experience with Celestun in July.
This should help
Jul 9, 2012 10:39 AM
2basing yourself in Valladolid to see chitzen itza is a good idea.....allows you to get there early, the first collectivo's leave approx 7 meaning you can be in and out of Chitzen Itza before the masses of tourists arrive from the coastal resorts. Going to the cenotes outside the town are good trip from valladolid as well. I loved my time in Merida, sunday would be a good day just explore the city.....there will be lots of things going on in the central plaza. If you interested in more ruins you should book a day trip along the Ruuta Puuc....the ruins at Uxmal in my opinion are more impresive than Chitzen Itza and much less visited. Celestun is approx 1 and half hours from merida..... i dont think (though i stand corrected there will be masses of flamingo's there in July)....if you want a break from the heat of Merida.....there is a nice stretch of beach at Celestun.
Jul 9, 2012 11:20 AM
3Merida is fantastic on weekends- they close down the streets near the zocalo and have music, dancing, etc. The restaurants put out tables for outdoor dining. You can take a trolley tour of the city (which I actually found kind of fun), they tell you stories of the history of Merida and drive you around to see the architecture. There is also the museum of contemporary art (Museo MACAY) as well as an anthropology museum. It's a great city just to walk around, sit in the zocalo talking to people, etc.
Jul 9, 2012 12:17 PM
Jul 9, 2012 6:01 PM
5Don't miss Celestun, my favorite place in all of mexico. It has wild and natural beaches and isn't touristy, so it would be a nice contrast to the city. I saw the flamingos there in the summer, not sure if it was June or July. Awesome tour. That is the only really touristy thing in Celestun. The rest is very quiet and peaceful.
Jul 10, 2012 1:33 AM
Jul 10, 2012 7:09 AM
7Be sure and see Ek Balam while you are in Valladolid, it is about 20 minutes north of that city and a beautiful ruin that does not get the tons of visitors that CI does. It has beautiful carvings and you can still climb there.
Jul 10, 2012 11:17 AM
8You can just take a bus from Merida to Celestun to see the birds or take one of the many organized day trips there, which may be a little more money, but no hassles. The beach is nice in Celestun and there are a few small hotels too, but the beach and water is not near as nice as the east coast Caribbean.
Jul 10, 2012 4:42 PM
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