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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
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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
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar December 29th 2017

Still unsure of how long I was going to spend here; more whether it was too risky to arrive in Belize on New Years Eve for the sake of finding friends and the higher potential of things closing earlier and if anything were to go wrong I would be stranded in a dangerous city by myself (well, with a Dutch couple, but whatever). Thus, I was working on the assumption that this was my only day here. The lagoon is dotted with places and viewpoints ranging from a jetty-like thing to private 'beaches' with swings and hammocks in the water. Further along, 10km is Rio Largos, where I really wanted to go (and full disclosure I fully intend on going back to Mexico just to see, plus I still have $250AUD of peso I cannot seem ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar December 28th 2017

For the first time in my life I was actually excited for my 7:20 alarm, in fact I woke at 6am disappointed that I still had an hour to go. I was headed to the Tulum ruins, one of the things I was most excited to see in Mexico (more than Chichen Itza for sure) as they are right, right on the beach. I'd received a tip off that there were ticket machines that opened at 8am, allowing you to skip the line for tickets, so I had my game hat on and I was gonna get some bloody good photos. Powered with a museli bar I flagged down a collectivo within thirty seconds of arriving on the street and $1 and 8 minutes later was at the ruins. By 7:50 I had bought my ticket, ... 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
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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




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