Blogs from Celestun, Yucatán, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun September 25th 2019

Today we are picking up a car and driving from Mérida to the Hacienda Santa Rosa. As always the price of the rent a car ends up being double the online price because they won’t accept that insurance is provided via my Amex card, I ring Jacquie McAleer but she doesn’t answer! The car fits us in perfectly and we find our way out of Mérida even though Wilko is navigating (at least he’s not driving). The population of Mexico is about 130 million, but we can’t figure out where they all are. Sure they are small but it still doesn’t make sense. The drive to Santa Rosa is an easy one. Becs and I decide to drop Catherine and Wilko of at the hacienda and head to Celestún to see the flamingos. Wilko is exhausted ... read more
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Ah flamingo

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun September 1st 2016

Ein ruhiger Tag, wir fahren nach Celestun an die Küste des Golf von Mexico. Gegenüber auf der Nordseite des Golfes liegt New Orleans, Luisiana. Für die Anfahrt brauchen wir knapp zwei Stunden und wir wollen mit Aaron eine Bootstour zu den Flamingo-Brutplätzen in der Lagune machen. Wir kommen gegen Mittag an, viel Betrieb herrscht bei den Bootsverleihern nicht. Leider ist zur Zeit Flut und es gibt nur wenige Flamingos zu sehen. Die Flamingos würden bis zur Brust im Wasser stehen, was sie nicht mögen. Wir beschließen statt der Bootsfahrt den Tag am Strand mit Baden und Muschelsammeln zu verbringen. Am Strand finden wir ein nettes kleines Restaurant und quartieren uns da mal ein. Eigentlich waren wir vor 16 Jahren schonmal hier, Annett meint die Kellnerin sieht aus wie das kleine Mädchen, das wir damals fotografiert haben. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun October 20th 2015

Back to Mexico and the Yucutan! Our next destination was Celestun, a small coastal resort on the Gulf of Mexico which we hoped to make our base for the next few weeks. We flew into Cancun from Havana and spent the night in the Alux Hotel. We chose this hotel for its proximity to the bus station. It wasn't such a good choice, a great room but so noisy! Air conditioning made a racket and the traffic outside the window didn't stop all night! We had booked our bus tickets on the ADO first class bus to Merida. ( Theres a diverse range of companies running a bus service, it's important to know the name of the company as they all have different bus terminals.) Now this was a good choice! We had read about the ... read more
And there are bikes!
Beach front restaurant
Cycling at last!

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun April 24th 2013

Photos of Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun...... read more
Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun
Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun
Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun August 20th 2011

After a trying night full of tedious back-and-forth about hostel/hotel rooms (overbooking plus power outages caused by the carnival rides in the square), we wound up at true hotel (no hostel) that seems to be managed mostly by folks our age. We finally got to collapse in a room that faced away from the ocean…only to be woken up by a bellowing rooster somewhere directly below us. We search for it, and missiles, but never see it so we leave off and walk out to the beach, directly outside our hotel. Saturday is a lazy relaxation day. We spend some time in the water, some time in the sun, a good amount of time eating under one of the many canopies provided by the multitude of beach-front restaurants. Now we are on the Gulf of Mexico ... read more
Beach sunset
Manglares (mangroves)
Into the mangroves

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun February 11th 2011

Yesterday we had a lazy day.... Carol stopped by while we still in PJs and we arranged to meet for dinner. Bill and I headed out later for the market. Bill bought a hat and went home while I wandered around the market for awhile. I love markets...looking at all the stuff people sell and buy for their daily needs...many, many shoe stands and stores here. I tried to replace my sandals but I wear one size larger than they carry in women's shoes.... We all met for dinner (Carol, Martin, us and two of their friends) and then attended a free classical guitar concert at the University (a block from our hotel). The guitarist was 17! Today we took the public bus to Celestun, where there is a large bird reserve/sanctuary. The two and half ... read more
A sunny day outside our room
The public market
Relaxing by the pool

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun March 31st 2010

I was looking forward to today as we were planning to visit Celestun which is famous for its pink flamingoes. We had another sumptuous breakfast in the hostel and then sat in the reception to await our trip. Time dragged on but a smiling member of staff said not to worry they're always late and proceed to sit and tell us about Celestun... and how someone was sick on the trip. I felt my stomach lurch instinctively because I'd been picturing a nice calm lake, not something I might be seasick on. I raced to the pharmacy to get travel sickness pills just in case thinking that my south African experience may have scarred me for life!!! I arrived back in time to catch the mini bus and we clambered in. After a while I realised ... read more
American Flamingoes
Just having a stretch

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun January 15th 2009

Today we made a day trip to the town of Celestún, which has a beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The town is mostly visited for birdwatching tours (notable for flamingos), since it is close to a wide, shallow river (Ria de Celestún) coming into the Gulf. This is the Celestún Bird Sanctuary. We took a bus from Merida for about 3h to the tiny town of Celestún, which looked deserted when we arrived. We were unsure of where to go to get to the beach and tours, when a man came running up, ascertained that we wanted a flamingo/mangrove tour, and told us how to get to the beach, and that he would come find us later. In fact, this is pretty much a rule when looking for tours in the Yucután; you´ll know where ... read more
Birds over water
Grey Pelican

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun December 10th 2008

We saw a poster at the hostel to go to Celestun to see the flamingoes so decided to book that for the next day (Saturday). So glad we did as it was amazing. The van picked us up at the hostel which made a nice change from walking to the bus station. There were 4 Mexican guys and one Japanese girl on the tour as well. The driver gave us info on the wee Mayan towns as we drove through them, and got to see traditional Mayan houses that are still lived in. We got a boat out to the flamingoes, which you could see from ages away as a pink line against the green trees and blue water. There were loads of them squaking away and eating the mosquito lavae (though they must have missed ... read more
Our first view
more flamingoes

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun July 2nd 2008

The Night before in Merida This has nothing to do with Celestun, but Im going to mention it anyways because I can. So mother and I took the time to go out since she had time to now that the Conference that she was going to was almost at an end, and take a look at one of the things that always seem to be happening during the later hours instead of either 1. Drinking where we were staying, or 2. Going out and eating then drinking. And I'm happy to say that it was indeed something. We just happened to be walking around the center park, just looking here and there turning down the mexicans that where trying to get us to buy a little this or that when we noticed a lot of ... read more
Merida Dancers
View from the Bus
Flamingos in Flight

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