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Welcome to Bacalar Q. Roo Mexico !!

Bacalar Mexico Pueblo Magico

"Lake of Seven Colors"!

Bacalar Hotel View of Laguna Bacalar
Lake view from Fort of San Felipe

Bacalar is located in the southern portion of the state of Q. Roo Mexico and was originally occupied by the Mayan peoples..

During the Spanish conquest of the area, Bacalar was the only Spanish community on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsular, and was an important strong hold for the Spanish-Mexican government seated in the capital, Merida. It was in the 1700s that the Spanish throne ordered the construction of the Fort, now known as the Fort of San Felipe.. This was to protect the troops from invading British troops during the fight for Belize.

bacalar hotel Fort San Felipe Bacalar Q. Roo Mexico
Old Spanish fort of San Felipe
Bacalar Mexico Fort San Felipe
Another image of the fort inside wall.
Bacalar Mexico Pueblo Magico
Fort looking into Town Square Park

After this Bacalar was left abandoned until the time of the Mayan-Mexican uprising, known as the " War of the Castes". It was during this war that the indigenous Mayan soldiers from neighboring areas attacked the fort, which was occupied by the Mexicans (Spanish descendent soldiers) and took hold of the fort and town.

During the early part of the 1900s the town of Bacalar was left almost totally abandoned, but slowly over time it has been repopulated ,but still maintains it's quiet charm.

bacalar town ariel view
Ariel View of the Town of Bacalar

A few things to see and do while in Bacalar include:

Visit to the Fort of San Felipe.. Perched on the highest point of the town overlooking the Laguna, the fort's museum gives you the history of the area.. Nice quiet place, great area to take photos from.. Small entrance fee. Closed on Monday.


Aerial View of Fort of San Felipe Bacalar

Swim in the Cenote Azul.. The "Cenote Azul" is documented as the world's largest cenote, or well filled with fresh water. It is reported to be deeper than 90 feet, and is a cool refreshing area to spend an afternoon at.

Bacalar hotelito Cenote Azul
Cenote Azul
Bacalar Accommodations Cenote Azul
Another View of the Cenote Azul Bacalar

Ruins of Kohunlich are a short distance by car from Bacalar. Here you will be introduced to the Mayan culture. Kohunlich is most famous for the well preserved stucco masks found on top one of the pyramids.

Kohunlich Mayan Ruins
Mask at the Ruins of Kohunlich

For more information on the area's Mayan Ruins
visit this link!

Anthropology Museum in Chetumal is a short distance, 45 minute bus ride from down town Bacalar. Here the history of the Mayas of the area can be found along with many relics,grifs, and more. Closed on Monday.

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Museum of Anthropology in Chetumal

A shopping trip to the nearby area, "Zona Libre" on the Mexico-Belize border is something else you can do.  

Recently opened in Bacalar is Bio Maya Bacalar a zip line and adventure park on the lagoon. Here you can try this new exciting sport of Zip Lining over the water! Families and groups are invited.

Zip Line at Bio Maya Bacalar!

Learn how to sail while visiting Bacalar ! The staff at Yucatan Outback Expeditions has sailboats for rent. They can organize sailing tours, offer instruction and much more for your enjoyment of this wonderful lake and pueblo Magico, called Bacalar!

Located on the highway # 307 just south of Bacalar is the Rancho Num Ka'an NK Ranch !

Come with the family and enjoy a ride or lesson. Perhpas a game of horseshoes?

Onsite restraurant for a cold beer and great "cowboy" food. Give a call at (para Espanol): 983-139-0493 for English:983-157-7483. You can email them at

Ask your Amigo's B&B Bacalar Hotel personal how to get to this super family spot!

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