Dec 23 2020
To the already known charm of Bacalar is added one that for many goes unnoticed or that they do not even know about these organisms so important for the ecosystem, it is nothing more and nothing less than the Stromatolites.
WHAT ARE STROMATOLITES?Stromatolites are groupings of cells in colonies that create sedimentary rocks, cells that with their life make a construction. In fact, it is technically considered a green building. They appeared between 2,500 and 1,000 million years ago.
These rock beings were the ones that produced oxygen in a massive way, their presence caused the atmosphere to change to the conditions we know today, thanks to them life on the planet was possible.
They have a rocky nature composed of calcium carbonate that grow vertically after a long process and produce structures of various shapes. They were the first living things that formed the reefs. They are very important in the ecosystem as they release oxygen into the atmosphere and keep the lagoon healthy.
There are few places in the world where they can be observed.
BACALAR IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD WHERE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ADMIT THIS ROCKY BEINGS
It is important to mention that it is a show that occurs in very few places in the world and fortunately one of those is Bacalar. In addition to Bacalar, these fabulous specimens are found alive in very few other places, such as on the west coast of Australia, in the Chichankanab lagoon, in Quintana Roo, in the Bahamas, in the Red Sea, in the Lagoa Salgada area of Rio de Janeiro, Cuatro Cienegas in Coahuila and in the salt flats, and the Magallanes region in Chile.
TAKE CARE OF STROMATOLITES, TAKE CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
These ancient beings are extraordinarily fragile so you should not touch them, much less walk on them.
Remember that when you visit the beautiful Laguna de Bacalar you must be very careful and respectful of these amazing creatures that are a very important element for the ecological balance of the region.
If you visit Bacalar, you must take a walk around the stromatolites, it gives us another reason to want to return.
Oct 24 2019
Ecologically sustainable hotel in Bacalar
Being Eco sustainable is to exist and operate reducing our impact in our planet and leaving a positive footprint wherever we tread. The planet would not need our help if modernity had not taken over and from the very beginning human beings had thought about every step taken being light and friendly to other human beings and to the environment . Today the definition of being sustainable is taking steps to satisfy our needs without compromising the capacity of the future generations to satisfy their own. Learn more about this sustainable hotel in Bacalar.
With low environmental impact, being respectful with everyone and everything that surrounds us, thinking and acting in favor of the integrity of our natural resources is how we are eco-sustainable, eco-friendly, green , the name is really the least important, as long as our actions are the correct ones.
In a hotel that exists and operates right next to the vibrant and captivating nature, in a place that is proud of its natural wealth, we could do no less than take firm steps toward a harmonic rapport with the birds that wake us each morning, the rays of the sun, the breeze that refreshes the place where we work and live, taking care of our water and looking for the best ways to improve the use of energy.
At Mía Bacalar the promise we make to our planet is to tread lightly and be tender and careful with everything this earth has given us, thus energy use is regulated and kept at a minimum by using intelligent systems with which, through an electronic card, our guests can control the electricity in their rooms.
The water at the hotel is recycled and treated, it passes directly through the filtering system of the wetlands and is used to irrigate the beautiful gardens that surround the rooms of the hotel. This should not mean we should forget to turn off the water or waste it with no rhyme or reason but we now know the one we do use will applied for the keep up or improvement of our surroundings.
Organic waste is also treated for composting to be used as fertilizer for the grass.
Aromatic herbs grow at the chef’s orchard which he uses to make the dishes served to our visitors, and the idea is for it to grow. The farm to table movement aims to use locally sourced and farm fresh products without chemicals for the good of our planet and the wellbeing of diners and that is what we strive for
I hope I have told you enough good reasons why Mía Bacalar is really a refuge for those looking for a little space where gratitude is shown to nature for all its gifts with positive actions in its favor.
Oct 11 2019
What to do in Bacalar?
Bacalar is listed as one of the 6 Magical Towns of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, just 24 miles from Chetumal, the state capital. It is still a little explored destination so if you want to get away from the bustle of big cities, it is perfect for a restful vacation with its moments of peaceful silence.
Bacalar is the ideal destination to experience magical moments. This charming town holds a wonder of nature that is a must see, the emblematic lagoon of 7 colors. Its different hues are due to the great variety of vegetation and the water spaces at different depths which make it unique and explore-worthy. It is surrounded by mangroves and some water caves as well as several cenotes which overflowed and gave rise to this magnificent site.
Activities at bacalar
San Felipe Fort
San Felipe Fort became a strategic site to defend the city from pirates, who arrived eager for the wealth they could obtain from the exotic products found in the new land; commerce was then one of the issues at the core of the armed conflict over control of the area.
At San Felipe Fort one can still appreciate part of the artillery used in battle. The fort is currently a museum with recreations of famous pirate attacks in Bacalar. The ambient sound and six video screens will make you feel close to the battlefield.
This is one of the most emblematic sites in the area with spectacular views, nearby restaurants with great local food and, best of all, a unique chance to enjoy nature and relax. It is truly spectacular with its 656 feet in diameter and especially attractive for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts with a depth of 295 feet. It is necessary to know how to swim or to wear a life jacket when visiting. This Cenote is one of the best destinations to snorkel in Quintana Roo.
Discover the stromatolites at Bacalar Lagoon
Stromatolites are, in a nutshell, rocks that have life: they represent some of the oldest living structures in the world. Their cyanobacterial structures provide oxygen; they are “the lungs” of the region and it is very important to keep them alive.
You can enjoy these fantastic living organisms that are a great attraction in Bacalar in a responsible way: as part of the protocols for their care, it is important never to touch them or climb on them, because they are very fragile living matter which can quickly become extinct. These natural treasures are a very important part of the ecosystem and it is a privilege to discover them.
The Ichkabal mayan Ruins
This site represents one of the greatest archaeological finds of the Mayan culture, with remnants from the most important periods of this civilization dating from the year 400 BC until almost 1,500 A.D. Due to its size, it is considered one of the 3 major Mayan cities; some consider it larger than Chichen Itza and more important than Calakmul. Ichkabal was an important trade center between the Yucatan and Central America thus a strategic city in the pre-Hispanic world.
Kayaking in the lagoon
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Bacalar Lagoon is on a Kayak. Sunscreen is highly recommended as this activity. and the time it will take to do it. will depend on your fitness level, your rowing skills and your endurance. However, you may prefer a slow pace to truly appreciate the views or take photos.
Sunrise in Bacalar
To witness an impressive sunrise, there is no better way than staying by Bacalar lagoon, and one of the most striking places to enjoy this captivating, unforgettable experience is Mía Bacalar hotel, a boutique accommodation where comfort is emphasized through a perfect balance between nature and luxury. This is the place to enjoy Bacalar at its very best.