- There’s Uber Eats if you fancy lazy food
- It’s a big city and the capital of Yucatan, a lot of traffic
- Plenty of hotels, making it a good basecamp to explore the surroundings
We stayed at the Holiday Inn in the center, booked with our rewards points. We don’t recommend since pretty expensive and not that great.
🚲 Getting there
We drove 3h from Valladolid on the highway without issues. Entering in the city took time because of traffic congestion.
We stayed 2 days and 3 nights and felt that was good.
Homun cenotes 🏊
On our first day, we decided to go to Homun by car to explore the multiple hidden cenotes of the area. We could also have taken public transports since once there, there was plenty of agencies to visit the area but the car was just more comfy. We left the city after lunch, and arrived around 2:30PM at our first cenote. In total we stayed around for four hours and visited three different cenotes since the two remaining ones were closed. Here’s what we saw:
- Cenote Santa Rosa: Fully covered narrow cenote with blue lights - 50MXN
- Cenote Yaxbacaltun: Wide open and huge cenote with rope swing - 50MXN
- Cenote Tres Ojos: Open and narrow with jump and clear water - 35MXN
To get to the two last ones, we went in Homun up to Calle 8 where we found signs. We followed the directions and drove on an un-pave road for 500m. At this point, we turned left for Cenote Tres Ojos and after carried on straight for Cenote Yaxbacaltun. The roads looked dodgy but were fine with the car.
Celestun boat trip 🚤
For our second day, we took the car and drove 2 hours up to Celestun to do a boat tour and look-out for flamingoes. We arrived in the city around 1PM and went to grab an ok lunch on the sea side at Los Pampanos . They had a private parking which was ideal for us, and helped us to find a boat tour from the beach for 400MXN/person (normally is 200MXN/person, but since there was only 5 people with us the price jumped to leave faster).
We left the car on the parking, boarded the tiny boat and started a one hour quite bumpy ride onto the lagoon. We then finally arrived close to tons of flamingoes gathered together on the water looking for food. We stayed for while watching them from few meters, before heading into the mangroves where we spot a baby crocodile and took a bath in a cenote.
Post bath, we rode back to the bridge connecting the city to the land and jumped off the boat. We were delighted to find a family of racoons with babies hoping for some nibbles. Few pictures later, we took a cab back to the center, did a little bath in the sea, grabbed a quick shower at the restaurant, tipped 50MXN the parking dude and headed back to Merida for the night.
Overall, it was quite a nice day. Celestun is a nice small town but we both felt beside doing a boat tour there’s not much to do, so an afternoon was enough for us.