Laguna di Bacalar

The magical town of Bacalar: where wonder turns into reality


The magical town of Bacalar: where wonder turns into reality.

When my friend Jennifer and I started planning a weekend away from the bustling Playa del Carmen, the hidden paradise of Bacalar seemed like the perfect destination.

Bacalar is a small town located south of the Yucatan region, famous for its crystal-clear lagoon and its incredible natural beauty.

Laguna di Bacalar

The Bacalar Lagoon

The Bacalar Lagoon is known as the “Lagoon of Seven Colors” due to the various shades of blue in its waters. This lagoon is a true paradise for nature lovers. You can explore it by taking a boat tour, as we did, swimming in its crystal-clear waters, or simply relaxing on the beach and enjoying the breathtaking scenery. Don’t forget to try the famous “Cenote Azul,” a natural swimming area with crystal-clear waters and a variety of tropical fish.

History of Bacalar

The history of Bacalar is rooted in the pre-Hispanic period. The ancient Maya considered this area sacred and called it “Bakhalal,” which means “place of reeds.” During the colonial period, Bacalar was an important stopover for ships crossing the Caribbean Sea. The city became a major trading center and a military base to protect the region from pirate attacks. Today, the ruins of an old fortress, called Fort of San Felipe, bear witness to Bacalar’s fascinating history.

Activities and Excursions

In addition to enjoying the beauty of the lagoon, there are many other activities and excursions you can do in Bacalar. You can visit the historic center of the city and admire the colonial architecture, take a trip to the nearby archaeological site of Chacchoben, or relax in one of the many spas offering rejuvenating treatments. If you’re a water sports enthusiast, Bacalar is also a great place for kayaking, snorkeling, and paddleboarding.

Bacalar laguna

Local Cuisine

During your visit to Bacalar, you can’t miss out on the delicious local cuisine. Try typical dishes like “cochinita pibil” (slow-cooked pork with spices), “pescado tikin xic” (fish marinated with achiote and grilled), or “tacos de camarones” (tacos with fresh shrimp). Don’t forget to accompany your meals with a traditional beverage called “agua de chaya,” made with chaya leaves, rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

Bacalar is truly a hidden gem in Mexico, a place that will leave you breathless with its beauty and fascinating history. If you’re planning a trip to Mexico, be sure to include Bacalar on your list. You won’t regret it!

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