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Bacalar

The beginning of every day

Located just 38 kilometers from Chetumal, capital of the state, this corner of paradise offers us an irresistible temptation to each...

Before the Spanish conquest, Bacalar was a thriving commercial center; but, as soon as the mestizaje began, that peace was thrown out of paradise: the Mayan gods became idols and their faithful, heretics.

Where there were no limits between heaven and Earth, a fortress of thick walls suddenly arose, with military bastions, a drawbridge and a moat without water, but with deadly stakes.

It was the Fort of San Felipe, built in 1729 to repel the English pirates ... to protect the stick of dye and other precious woods of Bacalar. Currently it is the Piracy Museum, unique in its kind, National Historical Heritage.

Bacalar is a peaceful town, with infrastructure designed so that you can admire, in addition to its original splendor, events such as the processions of Holy Week, when the whole town commemorates the death and resurrection of hope; and places like the Parish of San Joaquín, patron of the town, built in the eighteenth century.

His employer's party is July 21, but nine days before they begin to celebrate the guilds, until the exact date. That day San Joaquin leaves his temple to bless all Bacalar. At the end of the festivities, in the first week of August, the international motorboat championship begins.

Of course, all year long you can visit the Cenote Azul, only eight kilometers away: a sidereal mirror in the depths of the Earth, or take a boat ride through the unique Laguna de los Siete Colores.

With so much going and coming, you will not be able to resist the temptation to enjoy the delicious dishes that are offered here and there: rice and beans, cooked with coconut oil; tamales de xpelón, sotobichay, puchero, chocolomo, mucbil, pan de cazón, and other delicacies based on grouper, red snapper, snail and lobster.

Come and see how each morning, a new day begins for all of Mexico, here, in Bacalar, the birth of heaven.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Bacalar Lagoon Besides the amazing view of its seven colors in the water, in its shores you will find spas, palapas, camping and picnic areas, restaurants and much more!
  • Cenote Azul (Blue Sinkhole) A paradisiacal spot where you can practice snorkeling, diving and scuba diving.
  • San Felipe Fort Built in 1727 to protect the town from pirate attacks, this construction currently houses the Piracy Museum.
  • Saint Joaquin Temple Built during the eighteenth century.
  • Cultural Center In this nineteenth century mansion, many artistic courses and cultural activities are organized regularly.
  • International House for Writers
  • Main Square It features a central bandstand surrounded by beautiful gardens.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Bacalar Carnival Celebrated in February just before Lent, this tropical carnival includes regional music, parade float, attractive folk dresses and lots of fun in every corner.
  • Festivities of the Patron Saint Joaquin Celebrated on July 21st each year with religious processions, mass and public prayers, but also with boat and watercraft races in the lagoon.
  • Cenote Azul In here you can practice snorkeling, diving and scuba diving.
  • Bacalar Lagoon Where you can rent boats, kayaks, watercrafts and scuba diving equipment to get the best of this paradisiacal spot.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Rice and beans Named in English by the locals since this dish comes originally from the nearby country of Belize.
  • Fish and seafood Great variety of many kinds, always fresh!
  • X’pelón A soft bean very popular in this area.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • This Maya village was founded in 415 A.D. with the original name of Sian Ka’an.
  • Given its commercial importance, this town was fiercely threatened by English pirates during Colonial times, who also wanted to control the so called Palo de Tinte, a very effective natural pigment to dye textiles.

Popular Craft

  • Carved wood
  • Palo de Tinte, a natural pigment that is used to dye traditional local garments, such as the huipiles.
  • Weaves and baskets made with palm
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