Celestun

Celestun, in the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of the most stunning wildlife parks in Mexico. This is a true paradise for bird lovers with one of the largest populations of pink flamingo, Tropical Mockingbird and Tropical Kingbird, Northern Cardinal, and

Celestun, in the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of the most stunning wildlife parks in Mexico. This is a true paradise for bird lovers with one of the largest populations of pink flamingo, Tropical Mockingbird and Tropical Kingbird, Northern Cardinal, and some endemic species such as Yucatan Wren, Yucatan Bobwhite and Mexican Sheartail.

How to get there? Celestun is located 56 miles west of Merida and 130 miles north of the city of Campeche, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The Biosphere reserve includes 147,500 acre on the States of Yucatan and Campeche. The site can be reached easily by rental car. From Merida, just follow Road 281 to Campeche, or from Campeche, take the Road 180 up north.

Celestun Biosphere: Celestun received the status of Special Biosphere in 1989 as a representative zone of several ecosystems which haven’t been altered by men, and because of the importance of the area for the American Flamingo and other species, many of them endemic of the Yucatan Peninsula. There are more than 340 species of birds in Celestun including Cardinals, Orioles, Motmots, Woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, Flycatchers, Kingfishers, Cormorants, magnificent Frigate birds, Herons, Egrets, White Ibises, Wood Storks, Ospreys, Hawks, Vultures, Sandpipers, Roadrunners, Owls, Pelicans, etc…

The best time to explore the biosphere is during winter as all the migrant birds abound and the Pink flamingo population reaches its peak.

The 3 most accessible ecosystems in Celestun are: the coastal dune vegetation, the mangroves and the low deciduous forest.

On the dunes, you will be able to observe fairly easily several tropical birds, such as Mockingbirds and Kingbirds, the Brown-crested Flycatchers and White-winged Doves which is rather common here. Other species are: Northern Cardinal, the Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Grove-billed Ani, Mangrove Vireo, Cinnamon Hummingbird, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

In the mangroves, you can observe some large populations of Herons and Sandpipers, Frigatebird, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Laughing Gull and many more.

To fully explore the Biosphere, you will need to rent a boat with guide, early in the morning in order to get the best conditions, and start your journey through the mangroves and coastline around Celestun. Visit the famous Bird island and its large Flamingo population, Cormorants, Frigate birds, and great egrets taking turns to nest. You will come across some of the most beautiful birds such as Tiger-Heron, nocturnal Boat-billed Heron and if you observe the sky for a while, you will surely get a chance to see common Black Hawk, Crane Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, etc. Ask your guide to take you to Baldiosera which is a gorgeous spring with crystal clear water and an ideal place to refresh yourself.

Information Don't try to approach the pink flamingo too much when they are on the ground, eating. Noise and your presence will disturb them and they will leave the area.

Please remember that Celestun is a protected area, do not collect anything, neither fauna nor flora. Many of the species are endemic and are endangered.

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