Blogs from Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar February 10th 2020

Bacalar, einem kleines Fischerdorf, etwa 30 Minuten nördlich der Grenze zu Belize, wurde vor rund zwei Jahren, als ich zum ersten Mal über Reisen nach Mexiko recherchiert hatte, noch in keinem Reiseblog und keiner Reisewebsite großartig Platz eingeräumt. Dabei war es bestimmt schon immer wunderschön hier an dieser riesigen türkisfarbenen Lagune . Jetzt ist es aber auch hip hier, gibt es kleine Boutique Hotels, trendige Cafés und jede Menge Tripsdvisor Einträge. Dementsprechend sind auch die Übernachtungspreise gestiegen aber wir haben mit etwas Geduld und Glück ein richtiges Juwel gefunden. Ginny, eine ältere alleinstehende Amerikanerin, die vor 21 Jahren hierhin ausgewandert isst, hat auf einem großen Grundstück etwas außerhalb des Ortes aber direkt an der Lagune ein kleines Gartenparadies geschaffen, in dem drei kleine „Villen“ stehen, die sie für vergleichsweise wen... read more
Streetfood in Bacalar
Unser privates Dock in Bacalar
Dennis im Kayak vor unserer Villa

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar November 11th 2019

I loved all the places we had visited so far on our trip...Isla Mujeres, Merida, Valladolid, Tulum (a bit less so though the ocean and beach were stunning and I particularly loved Punta Allen and the lobster evening with all our friends) but I was most excited by our next stop... Bacalar. The lake of the 7 colours that Maria had so highly recommend and spoken so dearly of. My plan all along was to spend a minimum of a week here doing absolutely nothing but doing nothing with Marco can be a challenge as he loves exploring and being active ;) so we settled on 3 nights 4 days and were also joined by Michelle and Enrico. We rented a house on the lake that had a huge terrace with swings and a barbecue as ... read more
Kayak Kings
Campeon and his girlfriend
All the lake for us

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar November 9th 2019

After all the tacos at El Camello we drove 4 hours to reach our next destination, La Casa Del Nonno (Grandad’s House) at the Laguna in Bacalar. It was dark when we arrived so we didn’t get to see the resplendent lake. We were up at 6am the next day to drive to Mahahaul which was a couple of hours away so once again, we didn’t get to see the Laguna but the Chinchorro Adventure was awaiting us. The fast boat was well geared for 10 of us, some for diving, some like us, just for snorkelling. The company was really pro - run by Germans so everything was in order and we were given wet suits, flippers, snorkelling gear and a great crew on board. El Banco Chinchorro is an atoll 40km away from the ... read more
Iguana friend
Crocodile not friend
Iguana 2

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar March 10th 2018

On Friday morning, at 4Am, after a terrible bus ride of 10 hours with many police controls and bumpy roads, Ajla, Maddy and I finally arrived to Bacalar. We shared a taxi and then split up because they were in a different hostel. I had asked my hostel before, if it's ok to arrive at 4AM and they said that that's all right, but when I checked in, they guy seemed a bit surprised. I got my room anyway and I was glad to get a few more hours of real sleep in a real bed. The rooms were nice, spacious, showers amazing and breakfast good. Only bad things : hostel staff was not were welcoming, food needed an eternity to cook (i.e. water for rice took 1h to boil!!) and the wifi wasn't really good. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar March 10th 2018

Freitag Morgen, um 4 Uhr, kamen Ajla, Maddy und ich nach einer furchtbaren 10-stündigen Busfahrt, mit einigen nervenaufreibenden Polizeikontrollen, in einem Bus ohne Toiletten, endlich in Bacalar an. Wir haben uns ein Taxi zu unseren Hostels geteilt und uns dann getrennt, da sie in einem anderen Hostel waren als ich. Ich hatte meinem Hostel vorher per Mail bescheid gegeben, dass ich erst nach 2 Uhr morgens ankommen würde und sie meinten, das sei kein Problem, aber als ich ankam war der Typ von der Rezeption ein bisschen verwirrt über meinen späten Check-in. Ich hab mein Zimmer dennoch bekommen und war heil froh, noch ein paar Stunden in einem richtigen Bett schlafen zu können. :-) Die Zimmer im Yak Lake Hostel waren schön, geräumig, mit tollen Duschen und sehr sauber. Auch das Frühstück war lecker und die ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar November 8th 2016

A lot of people we have met in Mexico, both tourists and locals, have recommended Bacalar. On this basis we had to make it a stop on our journey, and I'm very glad we did. Bacalar is home to a lake that is said to contain 7 shades of Blue. I didn't count, but it certainly is very beautiful. We found a hostel which has its own jetty over the lake, so we had unlimited access to the lagoon. It's largely fairly shallow, so great for swimming. Luckily the water is fairly warm too, unlike the cenotes. On our second day we headed out to the grand cenote which is only 5km away, as some others in the hostel had been recommended it. It was nice there, but to me it seemed more like a deep ... read more
On our way across the lagoon

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar November 3rd 2016

Travelling alone.. It´s nice to travel with someone, but I enjoy this too. I booked a hostel for a night, because I read good reviews about this "Casa Tortuga". It´s a very nice place next to the lake. In the evening they put on a little bonfire. a Few locals met up with the owner of the hostel and started to talk with me. I ended up spending all evening with them. Some of them owned a sailingboat which they use for tours on the lake. I got invited to come and see the stars from the boat. It was so beautiful! Then we went to the end of the lake where are no houses or anything. We anchored there and fell asleep under the stars. The next day we woke up and took a swim ... read more
the Lake at dawn
Chilling at the hostel

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar May 14th 2015

Today I cried, in a cafe, at a children's book, I'll explain but yes it was as crazy as it sounds; we finally found a wonderful organic cafe it's in Bacalar the owners are just so kind and gentle and the food is amazing. They sell a few products, local oils, creams, tshirts and children's poetry books written by a local author. Today I flicked though the pages, smiling at the beautiful illustrations, then bam it hit me, buy this book for Nye, I could read it to him once I learn Spanish, or I could read it to my children, half English and half Spanish, a tear rolled down my cheek... "Traveling with the intention of leaving your problems behind is like running from a grenade that's still attached to you" Right now the pin ... read more
Green Monkey hostel Bacalar

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar May 12th 2015

"Not all those who wander are lost" After around 15 days Kate has just waved us a final goodbye at Tulum bus station, she flys home to London tomorrow & we're on our way south, first stop Bacalar. Although we've been away for over two weeks it somehow feels like this is where it begins. Our second class non AC bus is way more what I'm used to, I can't help thinking about Tessa's story, the fear on the bus drivers face. A lot of travellers are discussing the tension in Mexico at the moment. It's crazy but I feel safe, the gangs don't want to damage tourism so it sort of makes us safe. I sometimes can't believe how lucky I am to have been born in England, I mean we have opportunity, education, jobs ... read more
Tulum Mayan ruins
So it begins

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar February 15th 2013

On my way to the Yucatan I stopped in Palenque and Couchsurfed a few nights with a guy who was living just outside the park entrance. I slept on a quite hard massage table in the front room of the second floor open-air loft house. It was a narrow steel table, topped with a reed mat and covered with a blanket. A bizarre “couch” experience, that’s for sure. In Campeche, a hostel friend and I went to Edzna, a Mayan archeological site, and because we were there early, before the tour groups arrived, we had the place practically to ourselves. We clambered up and down the ruins and took in the majestic views. I enjoyed watching the iguanas splayed out on the rocks, basking in the sunshine. In Merida I had a roommate who traveled with ... read more
Looking out from the backside of the Gran Acropolis
Beach in Progresso

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