Less than two hours from Hacienda Petac you can find the small town of Celestún. The fishing village is well known for the Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano, (also known as the Celestun Biosphere) a 147,500-acre wetland reserve.
Although the reserve is better known for their colony of Greater Flamingo, it is home to over 300 other species of birds that pass through during migration or live there.
Greater Flamingo thrive in this region because they prefer warm environments like estauries and saline or alkaline lakes. These beautiful birds are considered to be the only tall, pink bird in any given locale. Their black-tipped bills help them to feed on small organisms in the water such as tiny fish or plankton.
Greater Flamingos are also known to breed while gathered in groups, one the key reasons why the best time to visit the flamingos is during the fall and winter months. They hold stunning “courtship rituals” in the mangroves.
Visitors can find a guided boat trip very easily from within town and spend 2-4 hours out on the wide saltwater estuary. Watch this video to get a glimpse of the experience: