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Visit Bacalar, Cancun’s Pueblo Magico

Visit Bacalar, Cancun’s Pueblo Magico

The Pueblos Magicos (translated into English as Magical Villages) program initiated by Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism in 2001 aims to promote as many distinctive and beautiful towns as possible throughout the 31 states of Mexico. In 2015 the number of Pueblos Magicos in Mexico was 83 towns with more towns applying to be considered for the program.

The Pueblos Magico’s program is not just focused on Mexico’s fabulous beaches (although there are some beautiful coastal towns, such as Bacalar, that are featured) but rather attention is given to those towns that exude natural beauty, a lively culture and rich history. While the major destination like Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Cancun still top the list for tourism, Mexico’s unique Pueblos Magicos also offer an alternative experience of the country.

Visit Bacalar, Cancun’s Pueblo Magico

One such magical town is Bacalar, a place where the Mayan people once inhabited a few hours from Cancun. 2006 saw its inclusion in the Pueblo Magico’s list and with its stunning beauty and Mayan influences, it rightly deserves its place. History says that it was once a highly lucrative town that was frequently subject to looting by pirates during the sixteenth century. Though its prominence as a major trading post has since come into demise, Bacalar is still one of the great Mexican towns along the Caribbean coast, well worth a visit.

Laguna de Siete Colores

Bacalar is perhaps most famous for its fabulous lagoon, known for being the lake of 7 shades of green. ideal for many water activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and boat trips. It has many water activities that comprise its natural wonders where visitors can engage in different water sports. It’s also a place to learn about the Mayan early civilization, culture and history. Its warm people and panoramic location add more charm to this small town.

San Felipe Fort

The San Felipe Fort is another highlight of Bacalar. In response to the threat of European invasions and to protect itself from pirates, the San Felipe Fort was built in 1729 and served as a fortress against those who wanted to invade this beautiful town.

Cenote Azul

Many people come to Bacalar as a base for venturing to the scenic Cenote Azul, where the ruins of the great Mayan race can be seen and appreciated.

If you are visiting Cancun, why not enjoy a short trip to Bacalar. It’s an experience you won’t forget brought by the magic and charm this small village exudes.

Cabo San Lucas Desert Park

Top Parks in Cabo San Lucas

Though most people who stay in Cabo San Lucas are attracted to the restaurants, nightlife, and water sports available in the area there are some who enjoy the parks and green spaces much more. The Baja California peninsula is filled with nature reserves, both land and marine, which are open to tourists and locals who want to spend time in the great outdoors. They are open most days and are generally free to get into.

Top Parks in Cabo San Lucas:

WIRIKUTA BOTANICAL PARK

Botanists who love desert plants and scenery should put the Wirikuta Botanical Park at the very top of their to-do lists. Here in Puerto Los Cabos, you will find over 1500 species, 1,000,000 plants (seriously), and a labyrinthine display of over 1,000 bonsai. There are also 3 huge granite pyramids, built from massive boulders, which make for spectacular photo opportunities. Even if you don’t know anything about desert plants you’ll have a great time here; there are plenty of chances to learn about desert plant species here!

TOWN SQUARE

Those who want a respite from the sun while they explore the restaurants, museums and shops of Cabos downtown area can drop into the town square. This lovely little park is hemmed in by large trees, and provides a lovely shady area to have a picnic, or just a quiet sit down, in the heat of the afternoon.

SAN JOSE’S BIRD SANCTUARY

Bird watchers of all ages and experience will love the San Jose Bird Sanctuary not just for the many exotic bird species, including heron and pelicans, that can be seen here, but also for the activities on offer. You can take walking tours, or even see the wildlife from a kayak. All the information you could need is found in the visitor centre.

CABO PULMO NATIONAL PARK

Within San Jose, just a short distance from Cabo San Lucas central, is the Cabo Pulmo National Park which is home to a huge variety and number of marine life as well as gorgeous coral reefs. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts will greatly enjoy a visit to the Cabo Pulmo National park.

DESERT PARK NATURAL RESERVE

The Desert Park Natural Reserve is a rugged, impressive piece of land that benefits from breath-taking sea views, stunning mountainous expanses, and vast areas of desert which make for great hiking. Though you can enjoy the park on your own it’s well worth paying for a guided tour. Tours cost around $50-75 and can last up to 3 hours.