What to do around Mahahual – Lake Bacalar
Magical City Bacalar
Gaspar Pacheco a Spanish conquistador founded Santiago de Bacalar in 1545. During the 17th century the town was often attacked by pirates. In 1729 the “Fortress de San Felipe Bacalar” was completed to protect the inhabitants. Well worth a visit !
Bacalar was named “Pueblo Magico” in 2006. The Mexican ministry of tourism started this “Magical towns program” in 2001. Objective is to promote villages who offer visitors a magical experience. Without doubt Bacalar earned this name because of their beautiful lagoon. In 2012 Mexico counted already with 83 “Magical towns”. Among others are Valladolid, Izamal and San Christobal de las Casas. We recomend to visit them on a round trip on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Lake Bacalar is known as the “lake of seven colors” for its incredible variety of blue shadows. Lake Bacalar is 50 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide.
Lake Bacalar is a sweet water lake. It is located in a beautiful setting of Mangrove forests. It is a perfect place to spend the day swimming or kayaking. Windsurfing, waterskiing, rowing or bird watching are other favorites. Along the side of Lake bacalar you will find a lot of little restaurants. Enjoy one of their local dishes.
Leave Bacalar in the direction of Chetumal. You will see a sign after 5 km indicating “Cenote Azul”. This beautiful deep water cavern is supposedly 150 meters deep in the middle. The water is very clear. It is a good alternative for diving if the Carribean sea is too rough. There is a good open air restaurant on the side. From the restaurant you have a beautiful view over the Cenote. Admire all adults as well as kids who jump from the roof of the restaurant into the crystal clear water.
There are several tour operators organizing kayak, bicicle and jungle walks around Lake Bacalar. We highly recomend Active Nature !
Combine visit to Lake Bacalar with a visit to the Mayan temples of Chacchoben. A perfect day trip !