Bacalar:  The Lagoon of Seven Colors

Ex-Cozumel resident, Aldo Mejia – who now lives in Bacalar – tells us why it’s worth the visit …

Photos Courtesy of Aldo Mejia

Editors Note: This is our second part of a series on interesting mainland destinations that were not so very far away.  There’s a lot of island residents who are interested in taking a few days “off the island” for a bit of an adventure.  Aldo Mejia, who perhaps many of you know from his great work at Blu Bistro Café or Turquoise Beach Club, actually packed up and moved to Bacalar, and once he was settled in,  we began pestering him to tell us all about the Lagoon of Seven Colors – LW

 Bacalar: The Lagoon of 7 Colors

Considered a Magical Village, it surely is a paradise in the south of the State of Quintana Roo.

Who could imagine that in this idyllic and relaxed magical village, tragedy, blood and war ensued.

As strange at it may seem, Bacalar’s history is full of great battles between pirates and local residents, as well as

Photos Courtesy of Aldo Mejia

Mayans and looters of natural resources. The only witness to these events is a 400-year old fort that remains in position at the banks of the lagoon. But let us leave the past behind and move on to paradise.

Only 4 hours away from Playa del Carmen, this fresh water and crystalline lagoon is considered among visitors as one of the most beautiful in Mexico, and I dare say of the world for its spectacular turquoise colors, its perfect location for thousands of migratory birds that watch over the nutrient rich mangroves and food, its stromatolites (one of the oldest indications of life on Earth. Wow!) and easiness to practice any watersport. For those who love paddle boarding and kayaking, this is a highly recommended place.

A new day and a natural sight are about to happen: dawn. Imagine a lagoon so serene that you may see your reflection while the sun rises right before you, bathing you in hues of pink, purple, orange and yellow. As hours go by we find one, two, three. . . wow! Seven blue shades that will blow away your senses.

Photos Courtesy of Aldo Mejia

Let’s tour the lagoon where you will swim in the different open cenotes (waterholes) known as “Cenote Negro” for its 90mts depth, the “Cenote Esmeralda” and “Cenote Cocalitos”


This Magical Village offers endless water and sports activities such as jet-ski, water-ski or you may want to be more confortable onboard a floating pontoon or boat, or maybe you’d rather enjoy the speed of the air on a hobykat or sailboat.

Do you need to relax and forget about the world? Count on it. In Bacalar there are many unspoiled natural settings ideal for meditation, reading, yoga or pampering in a Spa.

Discover this earthly paradise in the Great Mayan Coast.



Aldo Mejía

Bacalar: Laguna de los Siete Colores

Aldo Mejía, quien solía vivir en Cozumel y ahora lo hace en Bacalar, nos cuenta por qué vale la pena la visita. .

Photos Courtesy of Aldo Mejia

Nota de la Editora: Esta es la segunda parte de una serie de destinos interesantes en tierra firme, que no se encuentran muy alejados. Hay muchos habitantes de la Isla que están interesados en salir de la Isla unos días en busca de la aventura. Aldo Mejía, al que tal vez muchos de ustedes recuerden trabajando en Blu Bistro Café o el club de playa Turquoise, empacó y se mudó a Bacalar. Una vez establecido, comenzamos a molestarlo para que nos platicara sobre la Laguna de los Siete Colores – LW

Bacalar La laguna de los siete colores

Considerado un Pueblo Mágico de México es sin duda un paraíso al sur del Estado de Quintana Roo.

Quien podría imaginar que en este paradisiaco y relajado pueblo mágico se llevaran a cabo momentos de tragedia, sangre y guerra.

Photos Courtesy of Aldo Mejia

La historia de Bacalar por muy extraño que parezca está colmada de grandes batallas entre piratas y gente local así como de mayas y saqueadores de recursos naturales.

Un fuerte con más de 400 años aún con los cañones en posición a la orilla de la laguna es el único testigo en pie de tales momentos. Pero dejemos atrás el pasado y vayamos al paraíso.

A solo 4 horas de Playa del Carmen se encuentra una laguna de agua dulce y cristalina considerada entre los visitantes una de las más bellas de México y me atrevería decir que del mundo, por sus espectaculares colores turquesa, por su ubicación tan perfecta para miles de aves migratorias que celan sus manglares tan ricos en nutrientes y comida, por sus estromatolitos (uno de los indicios de vida más antiguos en la Tierra, Wow!) y por su facilidad para practicar cualquier deporte acuático. Para los Amantes del paddle boarding y kayaking este lugar es altamente recomendado.

Photos Courtesy of Aldo Mejia

Un nuevo día y un espectáculo natural esta a punto de acontecer, el amanecer. Imagina la laguna tan serena que puedes ver tu reflejo mientras el sol nace frente a ti bañándote de colores rosas, morados, anaranjados y amarillos.

Al pasar las horas nos encontramos con uno, dos, tres… ¡wow! Siete colores azules de diferente tonalidad que harán volar tus sentidos.

¡Vámonos de tour a la laguna en donde nadaras en los diferentes cenotes abiertos llamados “Cenote negro” por sus 90mts de profundidad, “Cenote Esmeralda” y “Cenote Cocalitos”

Este pueblo mágico nos ofrece un sin fin de actividades acuáticas y deportivas como jet ski, water sky o tal vez prefieres más comodidad a bordo de un Ponton o lancha o tal vez te gusta más disfrutar de la velocidad del viento en un hobykat o velero.

¿Necesitas relajarte y olvidarte del mundo? También cuenta con ello. En Bacalar hay muchos escenarios naturales vírgenes ideales para realizar meditación, leer y practicar yoga o dejarte consentir por los servicios de spa que algunos hoteles ofrecen.

Descubre este paraíso terrenal en la Gran Costa Maya.


Aldo Mejía



Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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