Celestun, Yucatán, Mexico December 10, 2023
Today was hard and long. I was up about 5 - slept in! and checked out of my hotel by 7:30. I walked to the Santa Maria to leave my backpack because I couldn’t check in until 3 pm. I then walked another mile to the bus depot and waited for half an hour until departure for Celestun-
Mérida is 82 km from Celestun-
How on earth can it take 3 hours? Topes, topes and more topes as well as people flagging us down constantly and others wanting to get off. I spoke with the bus driver and he said a friend of his would be at the depot in Celestun to take me to see the flamingoes. Sure enough he was and said it was truly better to go in a tuk- tuk rather than a boat because I would see more from the shore and the tide was high so I believed him and away we went. The bus driver agreed. Why I trusted these guys I don't know but it turned out ok.
First, I wanted to eat so Enrique took me to a restaurant on the beach-
I had fish which was fine but nothing special although I did enjoy the fried plantains. I usually don’t-
We headed to the boat area and I couldn’t get over the filth-
This is by far the dirtiest place I’ve seen in Mexico! We drove to see the pink/red water, which is natural, not pollution-
Foliage along the way-
They pull salt out of the water-
Initially it is pink-
But after about 2 weeks because of the elements it changes to white-
By this time the mosquitoes had shown up so Enrique sprayed me with some “all natural” product that was good for nothing.
We went to what he called the petrified forest but I call it drowned trees. He knew the bugs would be bad so he smudged using an egg carton-
We went to a hacienda that was destroyed by hurricane Alberto in 1986-
Enrique said until that time, the water was 600 meters from shore. It hasn’t been the same since-
We drove back through the boats-
The bus was next door so at 3:22 I decided I better go to it and luckily got one of the last two seats. For the next 2 1/2 hours not only were the seats filled but the aisle as well. Some people had to stand just about the whole way home. I was so lucky. The guy sitting beside me was sprawled out on half my seat and I wasn’t backing down so our legs and arms touched all the way home, which was fine with me because people were pulling out their coats and I was in my tank top and shorts but he kept me warm!