In mayan language means “Horror stone”.
The Biosphere Reserve Estuary Celestun declared as such in 2000, in order to preserve the fragile ecosystem of hypersaline estuaries, some shallow lakes and high concentration of salts that are next to other lakes of the peninsula, home to the only colony of pink flamingo in the north hemisphere.
It has a landscape with great diversity of coastal tropical ecosystems, from mangroves and dunes, through various types of lowland rainforest. As a result, it houses a large variety of wildlife species (about 600) which highlighted the high number of fish and birds , besides being remarkable the presence of species that live only in that particular region.
Celestun is located 90 km from the city of Merida, on the west coast of Yucatan.
This colorful coastal port is where a large variety of exotic bird species can be seen. These exotic birds include the fabulous pink flamingos that use Celestun as their nesting grounds after the long flights from the eastern parts of the Yucatan coast.
Visitors to Celestun will also find refreshing waters in the fresh water springs that are hidden in the natural tunnels formed in the mangroves.
Bring hat or cap, comfortable clothes, camera, bathing suit, towel, and biodegradable sun block and repellent.
The sighting of flamingos is not guaranteed, because it depends on factors such as weather conditions, seasonal migration and others.