Quintana Roo ,Bacalar! Mexico!!

So we go on with some exotic parts of Mexico lindo y querido. Not taking you to the popular areas anyone can do that, I like to take you to seldom and little seen Mexico down in a popular State of a well known region but a bit south of it all towards Belize. I will be talking about Bacalar in Quintana Roo, Yucatàn, Mexico.

I will combine here the visits to historical San Felipe fortress/museum, and naturally beautiful Cenote Azul.

I have written before on these, for reference my previous blog post here

A different part of Mexico

Bacalar is a town located on the southeast side of Mexico, in the state of Quintana Roo. The city is bordered on the east by the lagoon of Bacalar, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea. All of this part of the Yucatàn peninsula.

The first inhabitants of the place are the Mayas in pre-Columbian times. In 1543, the city was taken and occupied by the Spanish conquistadors. In 1545, it was  established a Spanish town in the same place and baptized it Salamanca de Bacalar.

In 1848, during the Caste war, the rebel Mayans based in Chan Santa Cruz (the current city of Felipe Carrillo Puerto) took the city. The Mexican army reclaims it in 1902.

The Fort of San Felipe was built in 1733 under the order of don Antonio de Figueroa y Silva, field marshal of Yucatan, to protect the Bacalar population from the frequent attacks by pirates from the Caribbean and to defend the region from harassment from the traders of wood in Campeche. In the second half of the 19C, during the so-called War of the Castes, the fortress once again became the scene of skirmishes for the possession of the fortress. It has recently been restored and sits looking over Lake Bacalar in the center of town.

Bacalar

Bacalar

bacalar

The fort is built in the form of a four-pointed star and has a moat 4 meters deep. San Felipe contains a museum of local history and nice recreations. The plaques on the museum are in both English and Spanish and there is free parking nearby.

Bacalar

More on the museum in San Felipe fort in Spanish here: museum in fortress san felipe:  Museum in San Felipe Fort

Bacalar is a very nice Mayan town   the main appeal here other than the fortress is that it sits on the rim of Cenote Azul, a 91 meters deep by 182 meters in diameter cenote that is crystal clear and good for diving when the Caribbean is too rough. Because the water is so clear you can easily see quite deep. Rumor has it that it is the largest and supposedly the deepest Cenote in the Yucatan. Its arguably one of the cleanest. However, get advise from the locals if diving as many spots it is very thick with vegetation and rocks difficult to dive/swim.

Balacar

Bacalar

What is a Cenote? Well, Yucatan is a large riverless peninsula made primarily of limestone. There are thousands of underground caverns, many running with underground rivers. Occasionally these caves will collapse leaving an opening. If the cavern is running with water, it will create a cenote. The Mayans used these for sources of water and would even build cities around them. Cenote Azul is a mature cenote and is documented as the largest in the Yucatan.

Other attraction nearby , maybe 100 meters is the Lake Bacalar with many watersports offers with kayaking across the lake one of the favorites. But you can ,also, do jet ski, waterski, swim, fish and sail.

Balacar

Bacalar

Other webpages that will help you plan your trip here are

Local Bacalar government tourist info webpage

Visit Mexico on Quintana Roo State

There are many other sites to plan your trip here, I only gives official webpages. Enjoy Quintana Roo and especially Bacalar.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

One Comment to “Quintana Roo ,Bacalar! Mexico!!”

  1. It looks really beautiful and I love all that history.

    Liked by 1 person

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