Flamingos and Shrimp

Trip Start Dec 11, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

As our days in Merida dipped into the single digits, we planned on one or two more excursions out of the city.  We had been told that the trip out to the coastal town of Celestun, was a good experience, both, to see the flamingos, and sample some fresh seafood.  That's all the encouragement we needed!

When we descended from the bus in the central square, a local hustler came to meet all of us who were looking for tour boats to the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve.  The operators try to get groups of eight passengers, so the fee is less expensive than when the boats are only partially full.  Our cost was 200 Pesos ($20) per person, and we were gone about two hours.

It was refreshing to be out on the water, with the wind stinging our faces as the driver opened up the throttle to high speed.  We skipped over choppy waves along the coast before turning in to head up the Ria Celestun estuary where the flamingos feed at the end.

Along the way, we stopped to see dead, gray tree trunks in the water, which the guide called Tampeten petrified forest.  The trees did not feel calcified like others we have seen, but it was an interesting sight.  We also pulled up to a dock, where we had time to walk a short board walk next to a natural spring where many little fish had 'feeding frenzies' where they were flipping themselves out of the water, like piranhas.  There was a small wooden ladder so people could go for a dip, but none of our group took the plunge!  Before heading back to Celestun, the guide steered the boat through a 'tunnel' that had been cut in the mangroves near the water's edge so we could get a good look at these unusual trees.

After the boat tour, we picked one of the outdoor restaurants and ordered some lunch.  MMMmmmm!  Ten grilled garlic shrimp finished off those boating hunger pangs.  (There weren't enough to turn US pink!)  The great view was also nice!

We walked along the shore, after lunch, and found a spot where there wasn't much seaweed on the shore.  A short, warm splash in the ocean was quite pleasant before we headed back to the bus stop.  
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Thelmy on

Can you believe I havent being there, it looks beautiful

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