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The flamingos and birds are amazing! The guide was good but the boat motor kept dying. $1500... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Durango, Colorado
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We took the boat with locals from the Palapa beach. It costed us 300 pessos per person since our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa P
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Celestun, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The flamingos and birds are amazing! The guide was good but the boat motor kept dying. $1500 pesos is a bit steep but worth it for our family of 5.

Thank Christo1010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the boat with locals from the Palapa beach. It costed us 300 pessos per person since our boat was not full. The ride was pretty long and our boat had some technial problems, but those were quickly fixed. We saw several different bird...More

Thank Santa P
Reviewed 31 October 2017

There is not a specific company I can suggest, but we took two of the little boats out four a group of ten. The boats all sit about eight people and are quite comfortable. In our case the "captain" spoke little English, but we did...More

Thank cr8it
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Make sure to bring pesos the boat tours don't accept cc or usd. Very fun and informative. We saw plenty of flamingos!

Thank Blanca C
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

We went on the boat tour from the bridge. Guide Henry was a nice guy but admitted to us as soon as we left the pier that we might not see any flamingos because most of them had already migrated north and þ the tide...More

Thank Thrudur H
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Boat ride to see the flamingos. Line to pay is under organized. You need 6 people per boat so you need to get together with other people if you are not 6 before you pay. Thousands of flamingos in April. Amazing but yiu need a...More

Thank losinginla
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We stayed at Hotel Xixim for two nights - 20 minutes from town of Celestun expressly to take a boat trip out and see the flamingos. We came into the little town, went down to the beach and were soon gathered up to wait for...More

2  Thank LeavingSeattle
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Took the tour this time from the bridge instead of the beach. Boats were 1200 pesos for 4people. The boats were bigger and we had an English speaking driver. Saw thousands of flamingos​. Great experience.

Thank nina p
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The Riserva biologica de Celestun, a lagoon on the north coast of Yucatan, about 80km from Merida, is the breeding ground for thousands of pink flamingos, white pelicans, and numerous other forms of bird-life. The main season is January to March, but the 90-minute boat...More

2  Thank IanAberdeen
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

The flamingos are only there when sea level is low (check the sea level table in the internet - tabla de mareas - in Spanish ). The guys who sell you the tour "guarantee" there are hundreds of flamingos but that is not true. The...More

Thank Daniel V
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Gonca A
23 August 2017|
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Response from barefootmart | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can see them as there are hundreds of them, but if its too rainy it may not be a pleasant boat experience. The Flamingos are well feed and hang out in this protected area.
Chris K
19 March 2017|
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Response from barefootmart | Reviewed this property |
No you can not walk. The flamingos are at the far end of a sanctuary or a large shallow bay. You will need to hire a boat or share one with other or join a tour. This area is protected so the guides are trained not to get... More
Chris K
19 March 2017|
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Response from Estragon2001 | Reviewed this property |
Not unless you can walk on water! They feed in the estuary which is only accessible by boat. You might be able to see you some from the dock on your way into the Celestun but it will be at a great distance.