Best time to travel to Mexico

Flamingos

The best pink encounter is possible when 40,000 flamingos gather in one place to bring up their chicks

Flamingos
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© Baptiste Maton

Tens of thousands of flamingos live in the Yucatan peninsula year-round, but they often change their breeding and nesting locations. The Celestun Biosphere Reserve is their favourite breeding ground, and Ria Lagartos is great for nesting.

The best time to observe large populations of these pink birds is from December to April in Ria Lagartos Reserve, where they lay eggs and take care of chicks while they are too small to be left alone.

Celestun flamingos
Celestun flamingos

The bird colonies tend to stick together, and the views are really splendid. However, take into account flamingos are extremely shy, so it's better to stay at distance from the pink mass in order not to scare them off. Binoculars and cameras with good zoom will be really useful.

Things to do in Mexico : Flamingos

Flamingos remain on their nesting ground till autumn, and then fly back to Celestun.

Things to do in Mexico : Flamingos

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