The Mayan people worked near the shore fishing and collecting salt and shells, but built their temples inland where they were safe from hurricanes and the illnesses of the wetlands. When the Spaniards arrived, Celestún was used as a shelter for pirate ships that docked in the estuary. In war time the “mestizos” [half – bread], fleeing, discovered Celestún. In 1848 the town had about 100 inhabitants, in 1970 approximately 400, but, since 1975, the people from inland migrated to the coast due to scarce economic activity and, consequently, lack of work. Now a day, Celestún has about 8,000 inhabitants.
Day 1: We leave Hotel after breakfast to visit Celestun town. A short ride takes us to Real de salinas. You may want to have lunch at the many exquisite sea food restaurants of Celestun (not included). Includes a snack.
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