The Mangroves of Dzinitun, True Ecotourism in Celestún

Published on Stranded on Land.

Celestun is a place where magic and nature meet.  A beautiful turquoise beach, dense mangrove, swamps of pink water, and biodiversity to go crazy about, are just a few of the fascinating features of this gem in the Gulf of Mexico.  Although you might have never heard of this little fishing village, it is globally considered as the cradle of ecotourism, where renowned Mexican architect Hector Ceballos-Lascurain coined the term back in the 80s. It is also one of the largest biosphere reserves in the country, making it a bucket list destination for both wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The biosphere reserve is a famous stop for bird watchers as it is home to over 400 species if you include the birds that migrate through the area. But the claim to fame bird of Celestun is . . . drumroll please . . . no other than, the spectacular American Flamingo!  As you arrive in town, most signs will point you towards “La Ria Celestun” where you can hop on a boat and get close to flocks of hundreds of these fabulous birds (at least if you go November-March).

By all means, stop at La Ria and grab yourself a souvenir. It’s hard to resist the number of Flamingo memorabilia that they have. But don’t fall for the easy-access trap of the boats by La Ria– we have an insider’s tip that will direct you to the only true eco-tourist attraction in town. If you are like us, and you care to Leave No Trace and adventure responsibly,  follow our lead to discover the ecotours from the guys at The Mangroves of Dzinitun (that’s a hard word, we know, but give it a try: zee-nee-toon).