Instead of travelling on the overnight bus to Belize, Dirk and I spontaneously decided to make one final stop in Bacalar. The picture above is of the pier on the lagoon right in front of our hostel.
The blue water of the lagoon can be seen from different places throughout the town.
There is an old fort in Bacalar. We walked around the fort in the afternoon. After our morning swim in the cenote, we felt too drained to pay entrance to explore more of the fort.
The lagoon is mesmerising. It seems as if the colour of the water changes every hour.
We took a five hour bus from Cancun to Bacalar. The bus stop is a small shop next to the road, so we felt a bit deserted in the afternoon heat with no wifi, no reservation and no directions to any hostel. Luckily, we eventually found a great hostel next to the lagoon where we can camp. There are a few dogs staying at the hostel and even a cute piglet!
Bacalar is the type of place where travellers get stuck. It’s so peaceful and the lagoon is so beautiful that people simply can’t leave. Our one night in Bacalar quickly changed to two nights in Bacalar.
There are not many sights to see or activities to do here in Bacalar. The main attraction is the Cenote Azul, an open cenote that is 90 meters deep:
We walked the 5kms to the cenote. We had beautiful views of the lagoon as we walked. The sun was scorchingly hot. Entrance for the cenote is only 10 pesos – a good deal, considering that we’ve had to pay150 pesos to entet the Gran Cenote close to Tulum.
Azul means blue – a good name for the dark blue waters of the cenote.
It felt a bit creepy to be in the water and to know it’s so deep.
Our long, hot walk back (there are not many buses on Saturdays) was rewarded with a delicious late lunch of quesadillas.
We used the stand up paddleboard to paddle around the lagoon when we returned to the hostel. I can understand why travellers stay longer and don’t get tired of this view.