Oct 28 2019
5 reasons to fall in love with the Lagoon at Bacalar
You can fall in love for the strangest of reasons, at first sight, chemistry, physics, a smile, the eyes or hands… however there is nothing strange about falling in love with a lagoon, it is true and sincere and, without exchanging a word, you see it and fall under a spell that can never become undone. Afterwards you start seeing the smallest of details, the hidden treasures in every corner and unique place and you fall even more in love.
Its seven colors
The Bacalar lagoon gets its name from the 7 different shades of blue that can be seen from anywhere you look at it. The variations are due to the different types of soil on the bottom, the shallow water levels and the way the lagoon is illuminated. It has deep pools and a low surge, fresh water, cenotes and many more great characteristics but its seven color landscape (they say that it goes from turquoise to Prussian blue) is unparalleled and an irrefutable reason to fall under its spell.
These are formations very similar to reefs, they were also a type of submarine trees before trees existed on land,because they released great amounts of oxygen, and they are also the first evidence of life in the planet. Their name means «stratified rock». It is said that when the levels of oxygen increased to around 20 %, millions of years ago, a great variety of organisms bloomed and evolved. Thus, due to their pre-historic beauty, because they are living fossils and life-givers, these organisms in the Bacalar Lagoon are lovable.
This small fresh water sinkhole is located inside the lagoon, is 230 feet deep and gets its name from the color of its water. According to various sources, when it comes to emeralds, the most popular and valuable color is a slightly bluish green in a medium or deep tone with a high degree of saturation. In the case of our emerald, the beautiful blue of the water and its underwater springs from where water emerges into the lagoon give it its appeal, value and loveliness.
Cenote la bruja (Witch’s cenote)
For whimsical minds, even just the name turns on a flurry of stories and makes it attractive, in reality the witchcraft of this cenote is in its 50 feet deep waters by the lagoon and the submarine fracture in its depths that drops from 3 to 328 feet inside the water. We will not be eaten by the witch but we will allow it to put a spell on us with its deep blue beauty.
This canal is man-made and created to connect with other territories, and from that came trade, this sounds practical and boring until pirates come into the mix, as the area suddenly became interesting to buccaneers like Henry Morgan. It has become emblematic for tourists, historical, nostalgic and a treasure for story lovers that fall in love with the landscape but also with what their imagination concocts.
We fall in love from the moment we see it but getting to know it more deeply the Lagoon of Seven colors allows us to see its hidden beauty which make it even more attractive through the eyes of love.
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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 22 2019
Kohunlich: a Mayan archaeological site near Bacalar
Close to Bacalar you will find Kohunlich, an archaeological site where you will feel like a new explorer discovering an unchartered territory in the middle of the jungle. It is one of the most attractive Mayan archaeological zones due to the lush nature that surrounds it. You can get there either by taxi or by rental car as there is no public transportation to the area.
It is a truly remarkable site you will be able to roam and inspect freely and almost on your own exploring the different structures and finding unexpected locations like the Temple of the Masks, a place that has been widely used to promote the Mayan culture with images of the almost 7 feet tall masks that remain in an astoundingly perfect condition, which captures the imagination and curiosity of history buffs and Mayan culture fans.
At Kohunlich there are beautiful sights of the jungle amidst remnants of squares, ceremonial centers, residential areas and water canals. The local palms that give shade to the area are said to have been the reason for the site’s name, as an English-speaking explorer baptized it as cohoon ridge and from there, with time, came the name Kohunlich. Its original Mayan name is unknown but it must surely have made reference to its lush nature or the huge masks found in its temple.
As all other tropical jungles in the state, it has a rich and astonishing ecosystem and we should be thankful that this place is still yet little known and yet unspoiled, however, if we all do our bit to take care of it and preserve it, the extraordinary birds such as toucans, the peculiar howler monkeys that wander around the area and the bats that live in the constructions, will be able to stay put where they are, which will make visitors very happy and help the local flora and fauna.
The temple of the masks and the 27 step compound and many more constructions in this beautiful area are great reminders of the richness of the Mayan civilization and the natural treasures of this land that was their home. There is not much to think about. If you are staying in Bacalar, walk the same roads as the wise men and warriors of a civilization very much ahead of its time and do yourself a favor coming to discover some place new, beautiful and inspiring, which, much the same as the 7 color lagoon and the city’s famous Fort will charm and enchant you.
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.