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Bacalar Lagoon Trip

A blue (and unforgettable) trip to Bacalar’s 7-colors lagoon

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Bacalar Lagoon is a natural wonder located in the south of the Mexican State of Quintana Roo on the shores of the small town that gave it its name.

Although in Maya, Bakhalal means “near or surrounded by reeds,” this fantastic watering-place is known as the “seven colors’ lagoon.” A beautiful nickname that came up because of the different depths and temperatures of the water, a unique phenomenon that makes the lagoon look seven different shades of blue.


How to enjoy Bacalar Lagoon?

The best way to enjoy this fabulous natural spectacle is through a boat trip.

The tour over the lagoon of seven colors that Rutopia proposes lasts approximately four hours and is done by sailboat; which gives travelers the possibility of getting to swim and snorkel in the most transparent and most beautiful places of this natural paradise.

Also, on this excursion, we will stop by the pirates’ canal, a Mayan construction, built for commercial purposes, and to connect the south with the north.


Fun fact! Bacalar lagoon has different cenotes in its interior, the ones that allow all its beautiful blue tones. To visit one of the most beautiful ones, we have an excursion to the “Cenote de la Bruja” or “Cenote Negro”, where you can dive in. 

The last stop will be at the Isla de Los Pájaros, an authentic local sanctuary for the state’s fauna and marine birds in their natural environment.

Things to do near Bacalar

Strolling over the fabulous seven-color lagoon is just one of the many things you can do in this place. You may also enjoy it from other points of view.

In the small town of Bacalar, there is the possibility of walking along the lagoon’s shore and enjoying the contrasts between the blue tones of the water and the vivid green of the surrounding vegetation.


For those who want to know more about the history and legends of this place can visit Fort San Felipe. Now a museum, used for a long time as a defense base against pirate attacks. From up high the view over the Bacalar lagoon is unbelievable. 

Finally, not far from Bacalar and about 70 kilometers from the city of Chetumal, there is the possibility of visiting the fascinating Mayan site of Chacchobén. A not ery known archeological zone with a pyramidal base in the middle of the Mayan jungle.


The Bacalar lagoon, with its seven colors visible from above and even more beautiful and contrasting from surrounding viewpoints, is a natural paradise in Quintana Roo.


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