Bacalar is part of Mexico’s “Pueblos Mágicos/Magical Towns Programme” – a tourist department initiative to promote towns that offer visitors a “magical” experience because of their “natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance”, not just sun, bars and beaches. It certainly works for us! We planned to stay for two nights but have booked for five! Bacalar means the ‘Lagoon of Seven Colours’ because of its crystal clear turquoise-blue waters
The town is quiet, very green, very clean, with small cafes and bars. It’s square, with its beautiful shady trees, attracts families out for an evening stroll. We visit San Felipe fort – built in 1729 to protect the town from pirates – and swim, and read, and chat and swim some more.. The cenotes fed lake with wooden jetties is the prettiest lake we have ever visited. It is shallow, very warm and crystal clear. An absolute delight! So our adventure has come to an early (but temporary) full stop and we are enjoying a holiday! On Saturday we return to the main road and cycle to the border with Belize.