One of the best ways to experience Bacalar’s gorgeous lagoon is to spend the day floating on the water and jumping in when you need to cool off. Taking a boat ride tour on the mesmerizing teal and crystal blue freshwater lagoon is not only a bucket-list activity for the Mayan Riviera, but also a great way to learn about the area. Below we have information on the best boat tour in the area, some essential tips for visiting the lagoon, and everything else you need to know before you go.
Bacalar is becoming increasingly popular due to its super laid-back vibes, incredible nature, and affordable prices. Some even go as far as calling it ‘the new Tulum’. For the past decade, Tulum has been the go-to spot in the Riviera Maya as the ideal destination for an unforgettable vacation, and it’s not hard to see why. With its amazing beaches, Mayan ruins, and top trending restaurants and beach clubs, it’s a no-brainer. However, due to overcrowding and unsustainable tourism practices, Tulum is struggling to keep up with its demand. On the other hand, Bacalar is still an up-and-coming destination that is quickly gaining popularity for all the right reasons.
First and foremost, Bacalar is still relatively untouched by tourism. You won’t find any high-rise hotels or massive resorts here—just small, locally-owned hotels and guesthouses. This is the perfect place to come if you’re looking for a more authentic and intimate experience. Bacalar has become the new It town – far quieter, charming, and more affordable than its predecessor Tulum, two hours away.
The Magical Town of Bacalar
Bacalar, one of Mexico’s official “magical towns”, is home to stunning places like Ichkabal, an ancient Mayan city, and Lake Bacalar. Ichkabal is a pre-Columbian archeological site that is even older than the world-renowned Chichen Itza. Local officials are determined to give it special attention to draw people in. Lake Bacalar, also known as Laguna de Los Siete Colores (The Lagoon of Seven Colors), is one of the most picturesque places in all of Mexico. The seven hues of blues are truly a natural wonder and a must-see. And the great news is these two great locations are only 2 hours away from each other, making your trip even more worth it!
The Biggest Draw to Bacalar is the Laguna
Hands down, Bacalar’s most impressive feature has got to be the lagoon. The water is an electric blue, and it’s so clear that you can see straight through to the bottom. This lake is distinct from others on the Yucatan Peninsula because of its three trademark cenotes and intense blue water, caused by the limestone that is found underground. The rivers feeding the Laguna and the presence of stromatolites are also responsible for its clean and crystal-clear appearance. It is said that Lake Bacalar hosts an ancient population of stromatolites believed to be around 3.5 billion years old. Given this fact, there are a few Do’s and Don’ts to consider if you want to help protect the local wildlife.
Things to avoid:
- Do not urinate in the water, as the laguna is fresh water. Any urine will disrupt the pH levels
- Do not wear sunscreen in the water
- Do not wear shoes in the water
- Do not touch the stromatolites, as they are some of the last living ones left on the planet
These precautions are taken to protect the surrounding ecosystem of the lagoon, and by following these instructions, we can help preserve this natural beauty so that future generations can continue to enjoy its stunning turquoise waters. Most people will spend at least 1 full day on the lagoon. Most people spend at least one full day lounging or exploring the scenery.
The Bacalar Boat Tour You Cannot Miss
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in Lake Bacalar, look no further than Boho Boats. This boat ride takes you through the Lake of Seven Colors. The mesmerizing indigo and turquoise of the freshwater are a delight. And the best part? The rate is only $1,250 Mexican Pesos (approximately $63 USD) per hour for the whole boat! That’s a steal for up to 4 people.
You can expect all things fun, and be sure to get your camera ready! The boat itself is simply gorgeous with boho chic vibes. There are 3 options to choose from, all with various layouts to accommodate up to four people. The tour starts at 11 am and lasts until 3 pm. You’ll get to visit the most beautiful parts of Bacalar Lagoon. The boat leaves from Kai Pez Restaurant, and they even got you covered with a GENEROUS amount of beers/wine and water!
Boho Boats Tour Sights
Cenote Negro/La Bruja
This cenote got its name El Cenote Negro because of the uncanny dark color at its depths. Out of the four cenotes located in Laguna Bacalar, it is the smallest in diameter (130 meters), but don’t be fooled by its size–it is almost 100 meters deep! The area’s surroundings have many different species of plants and flowers – making it all the more charming.
This place is especially alluring because of the way its crystal-clear water flows into the lagoon. It’s considered to be one of the most popular spots on this tour, so make sure your cameras are ready!
There are many fragile layers of rock around the lagoon here at Cocalitos, so no touching. This cenote is one of a kind because of its jaw-dropping intense blue waters. As you observe, you’ll notice the water gradually changes color from crystal clear to deep turquoise.
Isla de Los Pájaros
An island in the lagoon that is home to a variety of bird species. Snap a photo and capture them in action.
Canal de Los Piratas
The Mayans are said to have built this canal so the original residents of the south could connect with those in the north, making it easier to exchange goods.
Pared de Estromatolitos
The stromatolites are a big tourist attraction at this spot. This is one of the best ways to see them up close. Very few places on Earth have living minerals like these.
Los Rapidos is a stunning section of Bacalar Lagoon characterized by its formation of stromatolites and mangroves. Here, the current becomes stronger, but the elegant beauty of the water will astound you.
This lagoon boat tour is the perfect activity for anyone visiting Bacalar on a budget. Not only is it extremely affordable for a private bespoke tour, you’ll also get to see the best of what Bacalar has to offer. Not to mention, it’s a great way to relax and enjoy the company of your friends or family.
Are you adding this tour to your list?
You can book directly with Boho Boats on Instagram or on their WhatsApp +1-303-210-5475
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