Celestún Biosphere Reserve

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Celestún Biosphere Reserve
In addition to its cultural riches, the Yucatán is home to astounding biodiversity and it’s easy to get deep into nature on short hops from towns and cities. Ría Lagartos (or alligator estuary, a Spanish misnomer because of the river’s crocodile population!) is a great jumping-off point for exploring several fascinating ecosystems. Boat excursions ply waterways with mineral and salt content so dense that sinking isn't really an option; travelers and locals alike soak in the surrounding mud for its health-giving properties. Bright pink lakes known as Las Coloradas host huge flamingo flocks between June and August; the marvelous birds also roost 200 miles away at the Celestún Biosphere Reserve from November to April.
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Celestún, Yuc., Mexico
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