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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.

San Sebastian del Oeste Near PV

Experience Mexico’s Magic in San Sebastian near PV

There is a simply majestic feeling that covers the countryside of Mexico. Many visitors are enamored with what they find here, and it has won over numerous hearts to the beauty that exudes from it. Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun are some of the more famous tourist locations that bring in a great deal of the international tourism, due to their amazing entertainment and beachfront amusements. Besides these three, some other truly magical towns exist in the country. They hold a rich and varied culture and history. The Mexican Secretary of Tourism has named a program “Pueblos Magicos”, for how visitors are provided with the ability to learn all about how Mexico and its people are in reality.

Pueblos Magicos – Mexico’s Magic

This program began in 2001, and it helped to recognize and promote some villages of Mexico that are particularly attractive to tourists, with their natural beauty, history attached to them and cultural splendor. San Sebastián del Oeste near PV (Puerto Vallarta) is one place that is recognized through this program. It is located an hour and a half away from Puerto Vallarta, and it is a historical mining town. It accentuates all that is alluring about the area. While there, you will receive a unique experience that should make you fall for its simplicity and charm.

Things to do in San Sebastian near PV

You can do plenty of things in San Sebastian del Oeste, regardless of how long you plan to stay – a day trip from PV or longer. There are the gorgeous Sierra de la Madre Mountains that offer you an escape from Puerto Vallarta’s heat. You can roam for several hours, enjoying the architecture such as the moss covered buildings. The plaza which sits in the center of the town features a stream and many fragrant trees. Cerro de la Bufa allows you to ascend to heights from which you can view a beautiful sunset and enjoy a sort of mystical experience. Quinta Mary has delicious coffee, which comes with the opportunity to view the 100% organic production process. No matter what you do with your days there, one thing is for certain – you will get to experience a peaceful, natural lifestyle for your time at San Sebastian.

All of the town includes glory of the past. Once upon a time, there were 20,000 individuals who lived in the mining town, but now only 600 live there. Fall back in time to when things were more simple and nature offered all that you could possibly want.

Book a tour from PV to spend time in this amazing Pueblo Magico when you visit Puerto Vallarta.