Costa Maya, Xcalak and Mahahual (Majahual) Visitors pages - Bacalar |

Bacalar is a small town located near highway 307. The driving distance from Xcalak is about 1 1/2 hours. Bacalar is mainly known for three things:
Laguna Bacalar
Laguna Bacalar is a large fresh water lake. The color of the water is amazingly turquoise and the lake is surrounded by jungle. The village lies directly on the lake and give a perfect opportunity for some good swimming and canoeing. Especially at the south end where there are wetland channels and a small outlet called the Rio Chaak is attractive . The swimming in this fast current creek is great
There is an old fortress in Bacalar which was built to protect the citizens from pirates and Indians. In 1859 the fortress was conquered by the Mayans. In 1901 it was finally retaken by Mexican troops.
The fortress contains a museum exhibiting colonial armaments from the 17th and 18th century. The museum is open daily from 8 AM to 1 PM.
Cenote Azul
The cenote Azul lies on the southwestern shore of the Laguna and about 200 meters east of the highway. The cenote is about 200 meters in diameter and is about 90 meters deep. The cenote can be entered through some stairs. It make is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving.To get to Bacalar you can take the bus from Xcalak or Chetumal and ask the driver to drop you of at Bacalar. Also you can a minibus every 20 minutes from 5 AM to 7 PM from the minibus terminal in Chetumal on Primero de herded at Hidalgo.



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