Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A day trip from Merida

We decided one day that we needed to explore further in the Yucatan and my choice was to go to Celestun, also known as Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano.We rented a car up by Fiesta Americana (about 500 Pesos a day) and set off. Following the road map was fairly easy and we arrived after only one or two wrong turns. We bought our tickets, ( 716 pesos) got our boat and driver and we were off!
Carlos in the boat
About a 15 minute boat ride to the mangrove eco region and the boat slowly drifted closer to the birds so we could really get a good look at them. Just beautiful! We sat there for close to an hour listening to the birds, watching them take off and land and it was just amazing.
After that the tour guide took us into the mangroves, Pointed out pelicans and many other birds, talked about the importance of the mangroves and than took us for a walk into the mangroves to visit a fresh water cenote, where we could swim if we wished.. than it was back to the tour center. We tipped him (50 Pesos) and were on our way into the town of Celestun for some lunch.
The walkway into the mangroves

Beach restaurants at Celustun

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