Best of Bacalar

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Bacalar
In the far southeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the tiny settlement of Bacalar perches along a crystal-clear lagoon of dazzling shades of blue. Located in a relatively remote part of Mexico (Cancun is about a five-hour drive north), the Laguna Bacalar draws only a handful of travelers, and the sleepy small-town vibe feels like the perfect antidote to the built-up resorts further north. Days are spent basking along the water, indulging in mouthwateringly fresh seafood, and paddling or sailing along the forest-lined shore.

Previous kimkim travelers have experienced the vibrant beauty of the lagoon on sailing adventures, with stops for swimming and snorkeling. You’ll also see first-hand why Bacalar is called the “laguna de siete colores” (lagoon of seven colors). As you pass over varying depths with light reflecting off the white-sand bottom, the water morphs into rich shades of blue, turquoise, indigo and aquamarine. A tour by kayak is another way to see the technicolor beauty, while also allowing you to visit rarely seen parts of the lagoon, accessible only to the smallest of watercraft.
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Map of Highlights of Chiapas and Quintana Roo - 14 Days
Highlights of Chiapas and Quintana Roo - 14 Days

Take in the views from atop ancient Mayan pyramids and underneath waterfalls with this two-week trip through some of the region's top spots. You'll wander through complex Mayan ruins, along turquoise shores, and into jungles as you learn about Mexican history and ecosystems.

Ancient Uxmal Ruins
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 13 Days

Spend thirteen days exploring the best of the Yucatan Peninsula on this whirlwind itinerary. You'll explore the highlights — Tulum, Bacalar, Uxmal, and Merida — while also leaving a couple of days to soak in the sun on Holbox Island. Little moments make this trip extra special: like sunrise at the Chichen Itza ruins or visiting an indigenous community to learn about their way of life.

Bacalar Lagoon
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 14 Days

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to see some of Mexico's best archaeological sites — including Chichen Itza — while also leaving plenty of time for relaxation. You'll swim in beautiful cenotes, explore the colonial city of Merida, and experience indigenous culture. End with a couple days on Holbox Island, where sand, surf, and beautiful sunshine await.

Turquoise waters off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula
Mayan Culture & Beaches of the Riviera Maya - 8 Days

Enjoy this getaway to the Riviera Maya with its mix of culture and relaxing on the beach. Base yourself in lively Playa del Carmen as you explore Mayan ruins, swim in picturesque cenotes, snorkel in family-friendly water parks, and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea along the white sandy coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Yokdzonot Cenote
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 15 Days

A fifteen-day trip to Mexico is enough time to explore major archaeological sites, while leaving room for beach relaxation. Float in the turquoise blue water of the Chemuyil Cenotes, explore ancient Mayan ruins and experience indigenous cultural traditions. You'll get to visit Chichen Itza, soak in the sun on the beaches of Holbox Island, and sample authentic tequila while taking in sunset beach views.

Enjoying the views
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 16 Days

Explore the best of Mexico's offerings on this comprehensive 16-day trip. Swim in crystal clear cenotes and go sailing in the Bacalar Lagoon. Continue to Chunhuhub for a mystical bonfire experience, then spend a few days exploring the historical sites of Merida and Chichen Itza. End the trip on Holbox Island for several days of sun, beach, and surf.

Exploring the Cenotes
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 18 Days

Take eighteen relaxing days to drive through the Yucatan Peninsula as you explore the best that Mexico has to offer: colonial cities, indigenous communities, white-sand beaches, and ancient Mayan ruins. Start the trip in Tulum for a dip into a turquoise cenote, then head to Bacalar for a sail on the lagoon. End in Valladolid and Holbox Island for sunrise at Chichen Itza and a couple days on the beach.

Puerto Morelos
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 19 Days

Drive from city to beach on this nineteen-day immersive trip through the Yucatan Peninsula. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, you'll explore the best that the region has to offer. Tour historic sites, sample local fare, relax on beaches, and more as you make your way through the jungles and roads of the area.

Scuba diving in the Yucatan
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 21 Days

Fully immerse yourself into Mexican history and culture on this comprehensive three-week trip. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, this trip covers millennia of history and leaves room for relaxation and food. End the trip on Holbox Island for some of Mexico's loveliest beaches and plenty of sunshine

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