The Laguna de Bacalar is one of those destinations that, no matter how many photos you see or stories you read on the internet, you will not be able to totally understand the beauty fully until you see it for yourself. Then you understand that nothing can convey what one feels when seeing the colors of its waters for the first time.
Bacalar is formed by the overflow of several cenotes and known as the lagoon of seven colors due to the different shades of blue thanks to the combination of the depth of its waters and fine white sand.
Three main cenotes and many other secondary cenotes form this incredible place stretching along the Mexican Caribbean for 42 kilometers The Mayans called this paradise Sian Ka’an Bakhalal, meaning, ‘the place where the sky is born’.
If in the north there are large resorts and urbanizations such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, here tourism meets the lagoon through small complexes, cottages, huts, and hammocks on the waters.
Spending at least one or two nights here is a great way to break away from the tourist resorts; the sunsets over the lagoon are sublime and there is enough to see in the surroundings, including the town of Mahahual.
In the town’s center, there are good examples of colonial architecture and the impressive Fort of San Felipe, one of the best defensive Spanish constructions in the area. To the north, there are important vestiges of the Mayan civilization as the Archaeological Ensemble of Chacchobenor the Pyramid of Limones.
Bacalar is a magical town that is quite attractive to walk on foot. From the central square and the large sign that says Bacalar it is possible to admire the beauty of the lagoon.
Along the coast, walking towards Cocalitos, it is possible to find several public parks that have an ideal dock to sit a moment to enjoy the varied colors of the Laguna de Bacalar.
As for the activities, the main attraction is to take a boat tour through the Bacalar Lagoon, visiting the main cenotes such as the Esmeralda and Cocalitos, and snorkeling. There is also the opportunity to venture to the lagoon in a paddleboard, kayak or even sailboats. You can also simply relax and admire the gradual change of colors along the lagoon.
Cocalitos is a place known as “the sanctuary of stromatolites” which are bacteria that, according to experts, were precursors of life, so they are also known as living fossils. So when you visit the Laguna de Bacalar, please respect the indications.
In addition to this, Cocalitos has a cenote and the typical swings and hammocks on the water. If you do not have a waterproof case for your cell phone, you can find one in the town for only $100 pesos, so you can put your cell phone in the water and take the best photos. This area of the Bacalar Lagoon has shallow waters, which makes it easier to sit, rest, take pictures, tan and more while relaxing in the refreshing waters. You can arrive here walking (45 minutes, approximately) or by taxi.