A magical invitation to relax, drift off and let go… Find inspiration in the stunning natural beauty and let the ideas flow just like the waves and the wind, while resting in a hammock or sun bed, having fresh seafood at hand when needed… this is Bacalar.
Bacalar is a charming little Pueblo Mágico – lit. “Magic Town” – in the state of Quintana Roo, located a little less than 220 miles south from Cancun and only 28 miles from the state’s capital, Chetumal. What makes it so special is that is has been kept for years as a natural and quiet place, perfect for a few days away from daily routine.
In this town you won’t find large resorts. Au contraire, in Bacalar the lodging venues are a little more rustic and closer to nature… Imagine waking up to the crystalline multicolored water with the sun shining on it, the smell of clean air with a hint of sea salt and a clear blue sky… This is a daily view in Bacalar. Although it may rain sometimes, this being the tropics, not even that can take this dreamy moment away.
Aside from rest, there are also activities to get you moving, learning and even facing your fears. Take a boat ride across the famous Bacalar Lagoon, also known as the ‘Lagoon of Seven Colors,’ due to its different shades of blue/green. It’s a definitive must as well as taking a swim in it. The white sands at the bottom and the different depth levels create the absolutely stunning change in hues.
This Magic Town also has quite a history. The San Felipe Fort, which has the best view of the lagoon in town, was built in the 16th Century. You can visit and learn some of the towns’ stories as well as learning information about the history of the Fort itself, from the times of the Maya civilization to the Caste War of Yucatan. You can also check out old pirate gear like swords, rifles and compasses.
An adventurous activity in Bacalar is to visit the BioMaya Ecopark, to get your adrenaline pumping by with zip lines, cruising along the lush tropical jungle and over the beautiful lagoon. If you have your doubts about heights, set them aside and give yourself the opportunity of enjoy this magnificent view. I can assure you won’t regret it.
For all of this and more, Bacalar is a dream come true, a piece of paradise right here in Mexico.