1. From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour
Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Mérida and travel to the amazing Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge forty-four years ago. Celestún, a natural paradise in the Gulf of Mexico, is a biosphere reserve located in a coastal corridor of wetlands with mangroves, dunes, pentanes, lowland jungle, and grasslands that protect the natural evolutionary processes that are the heartbeat of the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the biosphere on a boat ride through the beautiful estuary for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Visit the feeding area of several birds such as flamingos. Explore the primary site for pink flamingos wintering in the northern hemisphere and get up close to the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Look for some of the other 300 species of native and migratory birds, along with reptiles, mammals, and different plants. Enter the mangrove trails to discover the special balance of this ecosystem. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant (cost not included) with free time to enjoy the beach before returning to Merida.