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From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

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.

From Merida: Honey and Coconut Eco-Tour

2. From Merida: Honey and Coconut Eco-Tour

To start the day, try the delicious Huevos Motuleños at Doña Evelia in Motul's local market. Afterwards, travel to Sinanché Town to learn about beekeeping in Yucatan and the different types of species found in the region, as well as the importance of bees for the environment. You’ll also learn about the honey-production process, taste different varieties according to the type of pollinated plant, and participate in a workshop to create a handmade candle based on products derived from honey. Head then to San Crisanto, a coastal town where the ejido (community-based organization) produces salt and copra on common land, making it a unique tropical landscape primed for exploration. Hop aboard a boat that will take you through the mangrove swamp to an Ojo de Agua (freshwater source); during this beautiful experience, appreciate the diversity and richness of the local flora and fauna, which are essential to preserving the coasts from erosion. Stop then for lunch in a local restaurant. To finish the tour, relax at Sac-Há, a beach area facing the sea and surrounded by coconut palms and white sand. You'll have access to toilets, showers, and public palapas for your comfort during your time spent there.

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This trip to Celestun was amazing. The driver was prompt at our hotel, courteous and friendly. The other attendees were nice, too. The flamingo/boat ride was so fun and interesting. Never thought I'd see flamingos in real life. What an experience. We finished the day with the beach side relaxing. The food from the restaurant was fine- maybe lacking for me since I'm vegetarian but there was an option or two. The weather and water was beautiful. And the ride back was quick. Thank you!

This trip was pretty cool! I’m personally very interested in bees so being able to get into the hives was awesome. This tour is fully in Spanish…

Very good guide. The attention and the service. The amazing place!!!!