The Pueblo Magico (Magical Towns) program was created in 2001 by Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism to promote some of the beautiful and historic towns in Mexico. The program started out with just a few towns, but now, fifteen years later, there are 83 villages and towns in Mexico 31 states that are being promoted. Each of Pueblo Magico offers tourists a memorable and magical experience. You will be embraced with culture, history, and beauty of authentic Mexico. The Pueblos Magicos are unique from the tourist’s towns such as Los Cabos, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta, but you can expect an amazing adventure when you visit any of the 83 towns.
Pueblo Magico – Bacalar (Near Cancun)
The Pueblo Magico program added Bacalar in 2006 to its list of special town. Bacalar is not far from Cancun, and is known for its deep, rich Mayan history. Bacalar was once a big trading center for the Mayan empire, and is a seaside village that was often attacked by pirates. Even though the pirate days are long gone, it still is a main reason why tourists want to visit Bacalar when vacationing on the Mexico coast.
Bacalar, just like other Mexico vacation destinations, is known for outstanding water activities. What makes Bacalar different is the lagoon of seven shades of blue that is located in front of the destination. This lagoon is wonderful for swimming, diving, snorkeling, and just riding in a boat. This city is a beautiful city that upholds the culture of Mexico.
Another fascinating place in Bacalar to see is the San Felipe Fort, which was built in 1729. The fort was the location for many battles against pirates and Europeans. Bacalar is also known for Cenote Azul, or the underground caves. This are sites that the Mayan tribes have left, and an amazing archaeological site to see.
Make sure when you are vacationing in Cancun that you take a short drive from Cancun to Bacalar. You will find a day full of fun activities that you will treasure and remember for the rest of your life.