The Celestun Biosphere is a wildlife retreat, with fantastic bird watching
Less than two hours from Merida, you can experience the amazing Celestun Biosphere. Far from Cancun’s beaches and the Mayan ruins, Celestun is a relatively undiscovered luxury wildlife retreat. Here, you will find fantastic bird-watching opportunities and ecologically friendly luxury lodging.
Celestun Biosphere spread across two states and spanning 146,000 acres. The biosphere is home to mangrove forests, crocodiles, and more than 300 bird species. Since 1979 the reserve has been a protected zone. The biosphere’s main attraction is its colony of flamingos that end their winter migration on its muddy salt flats. The best time to visit is between November and March. However, small numbers of flamingos can be seen year-round.
The heart of the reserve is a wide saltwater estuary that winds past small, shrubby islands on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Boat trips are available from Celestun. As soon as you set off, you will see kingfishers, cormorants, hummingbirds, and pelicans on all sides. Farther upstream, the horizon turns pink as the boat punts towards hundreds of squawking flamingos. They are a beautiful sight as they hop in and out of the water, foraging for food.
The water is also full of darting and jumping fish. The mangrove roots, some the height of a double-decker bus, arch over the boat. A walkway through the forest enables you to leave the boat and wander through the trees. You can also take a dip in one of the freshwater springs.
Boat Tour or Flyover
A boat tour takes between two to four hours. Guides are available in English or Spanish. They make great efforts to point out all of the birds. If the thought of becoming lunch for the lurking crocodiles puts you off, an aerial flyover of the landscape is also spectacular.
In order to respect the native wildlife tours to the biosphere, there are daily limits. Therefore, we advise that you contact a reputable travel agent. Do not miss this amazing opportunity to get up close with nature in the Yucatan. Contact Lomas Travel at www.lomastravel.com to book this amazing experience.