Welcome to Celestún


It makes a good beach-and-bird day trip from Mérida, and it’s somewhere you can kick back and do nothing for a day or two, especially if you’ve become road weary. Fishing boats dot the appealing white-sand beach that stretches north for kilometers, and afternoon breezes cool the town on most days. Celestún is sheltered by the peninsula’s southward curve, resulting in an abundance of marine life and less violent seas during the season of nortes (winds and rains arriving from the north).


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$89 Day Trips & Excursions

Celestun Refuge Tour: Flamingos, Mangrove Boat Ride and Beach

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 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.

$78 Cultural & Theme Tours

Merida Celestun Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a day in the outdoors as you visit the biosphere reserve of Celestun. You will have the chance to first stroll through the village and interact with the locals. Your knowledgeable guide will share the amazing facts and traditions of Merida along the way.You will have free time to explore the landscapes that Celestun offers, besides being able to dive on the beach and if you like, to eat something delicious (on your own). Then, it's time to board a boat and enjoy spectacular views from the water. You will see the most exotic seasonal birds. You can even spot some crocodiles. The view of this paradise is exceptional and it is part of the heritage of the special reserve, which has been officially declared a fauna shelter since 1979. To finish the day, you'll be taken to a restaurant so you can enjoy a delicious meal from an exquisite menu before heading back to your hotel.

$84 Day Trips & Excursions

Celestun Nature Reserve

A beach in Celestún"Celestún Biosphere Reserve," a wetland reserve that is the winter home of large flocks of flamingos, as well as many herons and other bird species. This location is located within the ecoregion of Petenes mangroves. The Celestun ecosystem is unique due to the combination of freshwater from the estuary and saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico. Departure at 09:00 hrs at your hotel.Arrival at celestun at 10:40 approx. the guide will buy entry tickets for all groups.will visit for 1:30 hours aboard a boat hours.will visit with a specialized bilingual guide.Lunch with sea food, (drinks at an extra cost).Round trip transportation from your hotel.Arrive to Merida City to 16:00 Hrs aproximately Your unforgettable moments in the mayan World

$444 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days of Ecotourism in Yucatán

Day 1: City of origin - Mérida: Reception at the Airport or Bus Station and transfer to the hotel. In our free time, it is a good idea to take the "Carnavalito" or the "Turibus" to visit Mérida. Accommodation. Day 2: Mérida (Celestún): Breakfast. Today, we enjoy the ecotourism paradise of the CELESTUN National Park, declared by UNESCO "Biosphere Reserve and Humidity of International Importance". Mother nature is splendid: turtles, ocelots, spider monkeys, fish, pelicans, herons, albatrosses and, above all, hundreds of pink or Caribbean flamingos feeding or resting in their natural habitat. Lunch. Return to Merida. Free time. Accommodation. Day 3: Merida (Cenotes y Haciendas): Breakfast. Departure to the CENOTE SAMBULÁ, where we enjoy its crystal clear and shallow waters. We continue to HACIENDA HENEQUERA de YAXCOPOIL. In the visit to its facilities we can see traces of Mayan pottery and learn a little about the henequen. It is the turn of the open CENOTE of YAALUDZIL that shares its natural benefits. We replenish our strength with lunch, while enjoying the beautiful architecture and peace of the HACIENDA OCHIL. We begin the return to the city of Mérida. Free time. Accommodation. Day 4: Mérida - City of origin: Breakfast. Free time to continue enjoying the thousand and one attractive Yucatecans. We have the room until 12:00 hrs.

$456 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Days of Culture and Biodiversity in Yucatán

Day 1: MéridaReception at the airport or bus station and transfer to the hotel of your choice. The cultural offer of Merida is inexhaustible. What are you waiting for to "take to the streets? Accommodation. Day 2: Mérida - Uxmal Luz y Sonido (B, D)Around 13:00 hrs. We left for the archaeological site of UXMAL, one of the most of the Puuc Route: the Pyramid of the Fortune-teller, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Building of the Turtles, the panoramic from the Temple of the Governor. Dinner. Next we attend the sound and light show. Return to Merida. Accommodation. Day 3: Merida (B)Free day. On your free day you have several options. Archeology in the archaeological sites of Dzibilchaltún, Chichén Itza, Ek Balam; Colony in the magical town of Izamal and Ecotourism, in the Celestun Biosphere. Accommodation. Day 4: Mérida - Celestún or Haciendas and Cenotes (B, L)We have at our disposal, the following options: Option 1. Today, we enjoy the ecotourism paradise CELESTUN National Park, declared by the UNESCO "Biosphere Reserve and Humidity. Lunch. Option 2. Departure to the Sambulá cenote, where we enjoy its crystal clear and shallow waters. We continue to the henequera hacienda of Yaxcopoil. In the visit to its facilities we can appreciate vestiges of Mayan pottery and learn little bit about henequen. It is the turn of the open cenote Yaaludzil who shares his natural benefits. We replenish our strength with lunch, while We enjoy the beautiful architecture and peace of the Ochil farm. We begin the return to the city of Mérida. Accommodation. Day 5: Mérida (B)For this occasion, we are finalizing our trip to Yucatan; but, it's not too late to continue enjoying the kindness and education of the Yucatecan people.

$89 Day Trips & Excursions

Celestun Tour From Merida

This tour will take you into the wild. You will admire up close the pink flamingo and Swim in the “ojo de agua” a fresh spring within the mangroves. The adventure begins with the pick-up at your hotel en Merida downtown. Afterwards we will take you to Celestun where we will board the boats to discover the nature reserve. You will enjoy birdwatching through the mangroves. ITINERARY09:00 – Pick up at your particular hotel in Downtown Merida and departure. 09:30 – Transfer to Celestun. 11:00 – Arrival to Biosphere Reserve. 11:10 – Boat trip through Reserve. 13:30 – Optional time at beach. 15:30 – Transfer to Merida. 17:00 – Arrival at you hotel. * All times are approximate.