Meet the town of Bacalar at the edge of the lagoon

Bacalar , Quintana Roo

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Bacalar was founded by the Mayans at the edge of the Lagoon of the Seven Colors and besieged by pirates for centuries due to its commercial importance. It is a place rich with culture whose influence can easily be observed across the village’s façades.

LEARN ITS HISTORY
Visit the Fort of San Felipe; its stone walls will transport you to medieval times. Turned today the San Felipe Museum, which tells the history of the area through maps, certificates and drawings of past times.
Visit the Church of San Joaquin, patron saint of the city, which has been fully restored. Feel the energy of the spirits that take care of the site, where many were killed during the Caste War.

DIVING IN A WORLD OF NOOKS AND CRANNIES
Practice scuba diving or snorkeling at the magnificent Blue Cenote. You’ll feel small within its waters, measuring out to 1,000 feet in diameter and 300-feet deep. Turn to the local professional instructors to discover the underwater caves and countless nooks and crannies. 

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS
Come in August and celebrate the holidays in honor of San Joaquin. Get to know the traditions of the town, that in addition to religious activities, feature organized boat races and speedboat competitions.

Find a variety of locally produced goods such as woodcarvings, hand-embroidered huipiles, dye clothes using palo de tinte (Campeche wood), precious fabrics and hats and basketry made of palm, as well as colorful hand-woven hammocks. 

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