General News · 14th November 2009
Carol and Richard
We hopped on a 2nd class bus to Celestún; a two hour journey for $4 and were finally dropped at the small bus depot in the smallish fishing village on the Gulf of Mexico. As fishing has declined, it is rumored that the fishermen created this new business that uses their boats to ferry up to 8 people at a time to view the flamingos and mangrove swamps. The tour was 1200 pesos for a full boat and took about 2 hours going around the peninsula and up a few inlets.
We were treated to several clutches of a hundred or so flamingos. In December there are thousands of them. The guides are very respectful and boat slowly when near the flamingos and never get too close so as to make them fly in panic. (I was glad for my 400 mm telephoto, and they are in the gallery here.) There were many Herons, Cranes, Osprey, and loads of cormorants, pelicans, both white and grey,
When boating up one of the inside channels, we saw Men standing in the water up to their chest near their skiffs. When I asked our guide about them, he came closer to them and explained they were manually pushing the boat and dragging a net that was catching small shrimp. Several hours of this yielded up to 2 kilos of the better tasting shrimp that were a species acclimatized to salt and fresh water.
Our final stop before boating back to the Gulf and Celestún was a walk about in a mangrove swamp that have fresh water pools that the Ads say are good for swimming. We saw a woman in the water and the next pool around the walkway, we saw a small Crocodile. Yikes!
Our Guide and Boat
Manually, Shrimp Fishing
mangrove Swamp and clear pools