"A flock of flirting flamingos is pure, passionate, pink pandemonium-a frenetic flamingle-mangle-a discordant discotheque of delirious dancing, flamboyant feathers, and flamingo lingo."
– Charley Harper
The Celestun Biosphere Reserve where the flamingos live part of the year is located in the northwestern part of the Yucatan Peninsula on 146,000 acres.
The Flamingos of Celestun
Mangroves of Celestun
The Mangroves and surrounding jungle are also home to herons, kingfishers, woodpeckers, jaguars, ocelots, white-tailed deer and spider monkey. There are 4 types of turtles to be found in the Celestun Biosphere Reserve; Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead and Leatherback.
When to visit
Between November and March
Facts about Flamingos
They belong to the waterfowl group and are the tallest birds in this group reaching to a height of 1.5m for males and can weigh up to 4kg. They can live up to 20 or 30 years of age. They have been known to congregate in groups of up to 500 in numbers. Flamingos can be found in South America, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Mexico and India.
Book a tour from Merida
Discover Celestún, a fishing village on the Gulf of Mexico, on a day trip from Merida. Tour the town, admire the serene beaches surrounded by coconut palm trees and a natural inlet lagoon, take a boat ride on the water, and enjoy a local lunch.