Bacalar Pueblo Mágico, Yucatan Peninsula

Bacalar Magical Town

The Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism decided to embrace the beautiful cities throughout Mexico, and created the Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns) programs in 2001. The program was designed to feature towns throughout Mexico that depicted history, culture, and the natural beauty of Mexico.

Currently, there are 83 villages in 31 Mexican states that are being promoted in the Magical Towns program, with new towns joining each year. When you visit any of these towns you can expect to see true Mexico. You will see a different view of Mexico other than the beaches and tourist towns that you are used to. Cancun, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta are resort towns that tourists visit, but there are 83 other cities that you can enjoy too.

Bacalar in the Yucatan Peninsula, near Cancun, is one of those cities added to the Magical Towns program. It was added in 2006, because of its rich heritage and Mayan history. It is near Cancun, and is a seaside village that pirates often invaded, but the pirates are no longer here, and Bacalar is always an interesting city on the coast of Mexico.

Bacalar Pueblo Mágico

Bacalar is also a wonderful water packed destination with many activities. An amazing lagoon is located in front of Bacalar, and the lagoon has seven different shades of blue, which is beautiful. The lagoon is the perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, diving, and boating. Bacalar is a unique, but stunning town that offers visitors a glimpse into the culture of Mexico.

In 1729 the San Felipe Fort was built. This is where many battles were held. Bacalar is also known as the Cenote Azul Gateway, because of its submerged caverns, which are something that everyone should see when coming to Mexico.

The Magical Village of Bacalar is just a short drive from Cancun, as it only takes a couple of hours. If your next vacation is at the Villa del Palmar Cancun, then take one day to go to the Magical Town of Bacalar. You won’t regret it, because Bacalar offers history, culture, and natural beauty.

Author: Kristen Holmes