How To Visit Los Rapidos - Bacalar - The Complete Guide [2022] (2022)

Los Rapidos Bacalar is one of the most popular attractions of this pretty magic town located on the south coast of Quintana Roo Mexico state. I have been there three times and it never stops amazing me so beautiful it is.

Therefore in this post, I will tell you all about it and how to get there and make the most of your time in Los Rapidos Bacalar. But I will also mention some controversy about this place and why some people complain about it (and I don’t disagree)

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What is Los Rapidos Bacalar

Los Rapidos is a section of Bacalar Lagoon lined by stromatolites and mangroves forming a sort of canal where the current becomes a little stronger and the color of the water unbelievably beautiful. The drone views give you a better idea of the spectacular landscape.

The fun of this place is that you can walk on the platform up to the very end of the canal and float all the way back thanks to the sweet currents.

It actually looks like a river where the current will make you easily float from one point to another.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE ESTROMATOLITOS (stromatolites)
It is very important to know though that the huge round yellowish boulders that you see on the side of the lake and submerged in the water, similar to rocks, are not actually rocks.
Well, they are, but the blobby layer on the surface is not. They are “biochemical sedimentary rocks”. There is a huge campaign going on in Bacalar to promote the protection of this fragile ecosystem. And although I just found out that they are not so fragile as they say and you are not going to destroy them if you walk on them, just don’t do it, to be on the safe side. You don’t need to anyway. You will see a lot of signs all over Bacalar where you can read more on the Estromatolitos but you can also read more about the Myth built around them in an interesting book written by the activist and biologist Maria Luisa Villareal Sonora entitled ON BACALAR’S DEFENSE: VOLUME I. THE NEOLIBERAL ENVIRONMENTALISM TRIAD, HOW DO THEY GANG UP?

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Los Rapidos is also the name of the Balneario, the equivalent of Beach Club, but with no beach. As you may imagine you don’t just get to enjoy Los Rapidos for free.

You need to pay for the entrance to a restaurant with facilities if you want to enjoy this beautiful natural place.

The price is very affordable and you don’t have to eat at the restaurant if you don’t want to. And you can pay separately for each facility depending on your need, which is quite convenient.

Here below I will tell you everything in detail.

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Where is Los Rapidos Bacalar located

Los Rapidos is not actually located in Bacalar if we want to be precise, but in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, right after Bacalar on the way to Xul-ha, which is the last town situated on the lagoon.

In fact, Bacalar is the biggest and most developed town on the Bacalar Lagoon but it’s not the only one.

See it on Google Map to have a better idea of the location of Los Rapidos.

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How to get to Los Rapidos Bacalar

Getting to Los Rapidos Bacalar is quite tricky and that is why I always suggest renting your own car, especially in these areas, so that you can move around freely, but let’s see the different options.

First of all, you need to reach Bacalar 🙂 and this post will tell you how to get to Bacalar from Tulum or anywhere else in Mexico.

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Getting to Los Rapidos by public bus (colectivo)

Getting to Los Rapidos from Bacalar by local bus is the cheapest way but it can be challenging because the colectivo (minivan) will leave you on the main road and then you will have to walk for 2 km to get to Los Rapidos.

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Getting to Los Rapidos by taxi

You could get by taxi which would cost about 170 to 200 MXN (10USD) each way. Just make sure you tell the taxi driver what time they should pick you up or you could exchange phones.

Getting to Los Rapidos by car

As I mentioned driving is the best way to get around in Mexico in my opinion, especially in the Yucatan Peninsula where is safe to drive and easy to get around.

Los Rapidos is located 8 km from Bacalar on the way to Chetumal. You can see the sign on the road, it’s easy to find.

But you can also use Google Map, which is why I also recommend buying a sim card in Mexico so that you can always stay connected, and use Google Map 🙂

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How much does it cost to get to Los Rapidos Bacalar?

The entrance fee at los Rapidos is 150 MXN, 7.5 USD.

Once you pay your entrance fee in the ticket office at the Restaurant you get a bracelet and you have access all day.

You don’t need to spend in the restaurant if you don’t want to but if you bring your own food and beverages you will need to pay a fee.

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Things to do in Los Rapidos Bacalar

Once you are inside Los Rapidos Balneario you can do a whole lot of activities including:

1. Floating in the lazy river

The main and most unique activity in los Rapidos is floating in the pristine green waters. In order to do that the owners of the place have built a long platform for you to walk without damaging the stromatolites formations and reach the beginning of the lagoon.

From there you let yourself float back in the water. It sounds like a silly game for children but I assure you is so much fun, especially because of the spectacular natural environment that surrounds you.

It’s surreal.

The water is not so deep but if you don’t feel comfortable you can get a life jacket which is included in the price. However, I have to say that I have read reviews that the life jackets are kind of dirty and smelly. (just giving you the heads up, I didn’t use them so I don’t know)

2. Rent a Kayak

You can rent a Kayak and get to the Lagoon ( Laguna Bonanza and further) just be careful not to hit the stromatolites. The cost is 200 MXN for the single one and 400 for the double seat.

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3. Just chill

You can chill in the hammocks in the water or on the sun lounges in the garden, just keep in mind that they have an extra cost. I can see why in many reviews people complain about it.

4. Have lunch

There is a great restaurant in the premises and chairs where you can sit in front of the beautiful green water while having a delicious meal.

The service is not the best and it may feel a little more expensive than it should, so something to keep in mind.

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What are the facilities available in Los Rapidos Bacalar?

In Los Rapidos, you can use the following facilities:

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✔ Kayak (at a cost)

✔ Paddleboards (at a cost)

✔ Restaurant

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✔ Lockers – 50 MXN pesos + 50 deposit

✔ Changing rooms

✔ Showers

✔ Toilette

✔ Lounge area with sunbeds and chairs (at a cost)

✔ Hammocks (at a cost)

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How to enjoy Los Rapidos respecting the environment

DON’T touch or climb or sit on the Stromatolites, nor hit them with anything. Keep your distance to avoid any risk.

DO NOT use sunscreen to swim in the lagoon. Even the biodegradable ones can cause damage to the ecosystem,because they provide nutrients that accelerate eutrophication, one of the causes of changing colors. If you are afraid of sunburns protect yourself with a rashguard.

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❌ It is FORBIDDEN to exfoliate yourself with “lake´s clay” as it causes big harm to the ecosystem and could cause skin problems as well.

DO NOT touch or remove from the environment the Chivita Snail,it is an essential part of the balance of the lagoon.

ENJOY WITHOUT IMPACT:don’t hold on to mangrove or anchor yourself on stromatolites.Don’t trespass inside the buoys of protected zones, and don’t circulate through the canals. Noncompliance may be sanctioned.

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AVOID NAVIGATING, SWIMMING, or WALKING in the Reeds. DO NOT CUT THEM.They have special ecological importance: myriad birds use them for nests and the bearded snail lays its eggs on them. They help retain and emit nutrients.

RESPECT THE BUOYS IN PROTECTED ZONES.Don’t cross them or tie up to them.

PROHIBITED: SMOKINGin the laguna and discarding organic or inorganic waste. Use trash containers, and please always carry and refill your water bottle.Every kind of waste–even if it biodegrades–is a form of contamination. Inform yourself!

❌ AVOID MAKING NOISE and high volumes of music,and live harmoniously respecting the bird sanctuary of this place. (Unfortunately, this is something they do in the Balneario and they shouldn’t and it’s one of the things more eco-conscious travelers are complaining about – read below)

❌ DO NOT use the lagoon as a toilet,use the bathroom before swimming. It is very important to not contaminate it.

✅ BE THE BEST HOST.Inform yourself, share and follow the guide, participate actively in campaigns,post on your social networks, and print and share the campaign flyers in your place. Inspire others to do the same.Help protect our most valuable treasure: this unique lagoon of seven colors and home to stromatolites!

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Is it safe to swim in Los Rapidos Bacalar?

It is safe to swim in Los Rapidos, but if you are not a good swimmer or you don’t feel confident, you should wear a life jacket.

Also, make sure you don’t swim beyond the restaurant because the current gets stronger and it’s difficult, almost impossible to get back without stepping on the mangroves, which is something you should not do – see the above-mentioned rules.

Make sure you get your travel insurance before leaving your country, though.

Do I need travel insurance in Mexico? Yes, you do! Whatever it is the way you love to travel, either by car, tour, or bus, always make sure you get travel insurance. I can never stress enough what a lifesaver it can be in unexpected situations. Although I hope I never need it, it gives me peace of mind to know that whatever happens I am covered. I have been using Safety Wing and I find it quite fair, covering a lot for its pricing level. Depending on your needs or you can compare different insurance companies on this useful site, TRAVEL INSURANCE MASTER. Make sure you read carefully what’s included before making the purchase. If you want to learn more about both insurance and all your options, you can head over to my thorough post on the best travel insurance for Mexico. I am sure it will shed some light on why you need it when traveling in Mexico and how to choose the best one for you.

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What people say about Los Rapidos

When I went to los Rapidos I focused on the beauty of the natural place but I have to be honest the level of service is really low, especially in the restaurants.

I thought it was me being too sensitive, but then I read the reviews both on TripAdvisor and on their Facebook page and many other visitors think the same.

There is also a debate on how they are not actually protecting the environment despite all the signs they have on every corner.

To be honest, although I really love that part of the lagoon, there are many other beautiful places that you can visit and they are equally fascinating and I am talking about them in my complete guide to Bacalar.

Better and more eco-friendly alternatives to Los Rapidos

There are so many other wonderful places on the Bacalar Lagoon that will allow you to enjoy the spectacular blue shades of the lake in a peaceful and more eco-friendly environment.

Here are my favorite ones:

Balneario Sac-ha

Balneario Lol-ha

Laguna Bonanza

Club Playa Kin Ha Colors

✨ Mexico Travel Planning Guide ✨

👉 Do I need travel insurance to travel to Mexico?

I would do it if I were you. You never know what can happen and knowing that no matter what, you will be covered with any expenses will give you peace of mind, and make your travel worry-free. You can check out World Nomads or SafetyWing which I have used alternatively depending on my needs of the moment.

🚰 Can I drink tap water in Mexico?

No, you can’t! Maybe in some areas or in some homes where they have installed water filters but to be on the safe side, I would say, never drink tap water in Mexico. Carry a water bottle with you and fill it up where you find available potable water sources. Most of the hotels have those.

🚗 Is it safe to drive in Mexico?

The short answer is: depending on where you are. Although in general if you stick to the main roads and don’t drive at night you should probably be safe. In lesser tourist areas you should probably check the local news to stay up to date. Driving in the Yucatan Peninsula is easy everywhere, even at night, although I would still avoid it. I usually use Discover Cars because the site offers the options to compare prices among different car rentals and you can add their own full coverage.

Read more on my guide on Renting a car in Mexico.

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📱 Will my phone work in Mexico?

It will probably work, especially if you have a European or US phone, but your roaming rates may be to the stars (check with your SIM provider). Even if have an affordable international rate, you will be much better off by buying a Mexican SIM Card. It’s cheap, easy to set up, and it will keep you connected with your friends, family, and, more important, google Maps so you will never get lost!

🤕 Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now?

The short answer is, yes it is. However, there are parts of Mexico that are indeed troubled and you should avoid for now, and others that are super safe and easy to travel around.

Regardless of where you are you should always use some common sense rules such as, never flaunt expensive clothing, accessories, electronics, or money and keep a low profile.

Read more on my detailed guide on safety in Mexico. If you are traveling to a specific destination I have got you covered as well:

  • Is Cancun Safe?
  • Is Tulum Safe?
  • Is Puerto Vallarta safe?

💉 Do I need any vaccine to travel to Mexico?

No, there is no vaccine requirement (of any kind) to travel to Mexico

🇲🇽 Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

If you are coming from the US or Europe you don’t need a VISA to enter Mexico. Once you get in you need to fill out a form which you need to keep with you until you leave. If you don’t have it you will pay a fine.

Although the tourist visa for US and European travelers used to be 6 months long which you could easily renew by leaving the country for a couple of days and going back, nowadays they have been stricter. You may be asked how you would sustain your living and other similar questions. Sometimes they even ask you to show your credit cards.

It seems odd but they can do that. If you intend to stay longer than a usual couple of weeks’ vacation time, just be honest and explain your plans. If you are not from the US, check this site to see if you need a visa

💸 Where do I find the best travel deals for Mexico? 💸

A trip to Mexico can be expensive if you love to travel with all the comforts (like I do). There are a few tricks that will help you find the best deals. Here are my tips:

👉 DON’T travel in the high season, which is Holy week, Christmas and winter in general, and August.
👉 Book months in advance to find early booking discounts
👉 Use aggregators such as Discover Cars to find price comparisons and VRBO for vacation rentals!
👉 Look for packages flights+hotels on Expedia or Skyscanner as usually, that’s where the best deals are.
👉 Check on Booking.com or Hotels.com for hotel deals

Happy travels!!

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FAQs

How many days should I spend in Bacalar? ›

I'm going to make things easy for you: you should spend at least two full days in Bacalar. One should be spent on a boat trip on the lake and one should be spent at Los Rapidos. Done and done.

How do I explore Bacalar? ›

Discover the Bacalar lagoon by a boat trip

One of the best ways to see the Bacalar lagoon is by taking a boat trip. You can arrange a tour through your hotel or at one of the many tour companies in the town. The boat will take you out onto the lagoon where you can enjoy the stunning views and crystal clear water.

Are there crocodiles in Bacalar Lagoon? ›

We only later learned, that crocodiles do in fact live in the Bacalar Lagoon. In fact, you can find many reviews from people on the Internet who have spotted these crocodiles in various places.

Where do you stop on Bacalar? ›

Best stops along Cancun to Bacalar drive. The top stops along the way from Cancun to Bacalar (with short detours) are Xcaret Park, Tulum Archaeological Zone, and Quinta Avenida. Other popular stops include Zona arqueológica de Coba, Mr Sanchos Beach Club, and Playa Delfines.

Is Bacalar worth the trip? ›

While it doesn't have the same nightlife or party scene as other Mexican beach towns, Bacalar is definitely worth a visit if you're looking for a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Other than the main attraction Bacalar Lagoon, there are Mayan ruins, historical landmarks, and cenotes.

Do you need cash in Bacalar? ›

BRING CASH TO BACALAR!

There are only two ATMs in the small town of Bacalar and they're always out of cash. You do need some cash to pay for boat trips and street food so make sure you bring cash with you.

Is the water warm in Bacalar? ›

The warmest sea water temperatures in Lake Bacalar are found in September when they peak at 29° and lowest in February when they dip to 26°. The sea is excellent for swimming all year round as the water temperature is very warm and ideal for relaxing and swimming for the whole day.

Is Bacalar Lagoon polluted? ›

The water of the Bacalar Lagoon, on the east coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, is as pure as glacial ice. It contains scant organic material: some of its oldest inhabitants are oligotrophic microorganisms, so called for their minimal diet. As a result, the lagoon puts on a spectacular display in the sunlight.

Are there many mosquitoes in Bacalar? ›

The risk for mosquito activity is extremely high. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors to prevent bites. The risk for mosquito activity is high. Consider an EPA-registered repellent to deter mosquito bites.

How did pirates get to Bacalar? ›

Since these pirates could not access the sea – due to the fact that it is a lagoon —they did it by the Rio Hondo and its marshes in order to arrive where it was that they wanted to take. You can visit this place of historical richness by boat, sailing boat or catamaran.

What animals live in Lake Bacalar? ›

Just added!
  • Central American Gulf Coast Toad (Incilius valliceps) ...
  • Giant Toad (Rhinella horribilis) ...
  • Sabinal Frog (Leptodactylus melanonotus) ...
  • Stauffer's Tree Frog (Scinax staufferi) ...
  • Yellow Tree Frog (Dendropsophus microcephalus) ...
  • Vermiculated Tree Frog (Trachycephalus vermiculatus) ...
  • Mexican Smilisca (Smilisca baudinii)

Can you drink the water in Bacalar? ›

Remember you can't drink the water in Bacalar as it's one of the top ways to get sick in Mexico. Now, just because Bacalar is considered safe, both for visitors and those living in Bacalar, doesn't mean you should travel there and assume your safety is a guarantee.

How much is a taxi from Cancun to Bacalar? ›

For this reason, your Cancun to Bacalar taxi cost might be $350+USD — the same as you'd pay for a private transfer.

Does Bacalar have nightlife? ›

Bacalar is a town near the Belize border, two and a half hours south of Tulum and a four-hour drive from Cancun. I enjoyed Bacalar so much that I will start with the reasons you may not want to go. It is a town on an enormous lake, but there is no ocean or beach. It is a small city, so it does not have nightlife.

How much is a taxi from Tulum to Bacalar? ›

Tulum to Bacalar by Taxi

The taxi ride from Tulum to Bacalar takes 2.5 hours and costs around 3,500 MXN ($170).

Is there a bus from Cancun to Bacalar? ›

Taking an ADO Bus from Cancun to Bacalar is the cheapest way to travel between the two destinations. The price for a one-way bus fare to Bacalar from Cancun is 41 USD, and it takes around 5 hours and 50 minutes to get to Bacalar. All ADO buses have air conditioning, reclinable seats, a bathroom, and TVs on board.

How long is the bus from Tulum to Bacalar? ›

Tulum to Bacalar by bus

ADO busses leave from Tulum Bus station downtown every hour and it takes around 3 hours to get there.

Is there a bus from Tulum to Bacalar? ›

There are 2 operators that run from Tulum to Bacalar, with 2 departures per day. If you decide to take a bus, you can take the Economy and First Class options.

Is it better to use debit card or cash in Mexico? ›

The best way to get pesos in Mexico for your trip is to use your debit card at an ATM. We recommend exchanging enough pesos from your home country before your trip to make it through your first day. Afterward, simply get cash from a local ATM to get the best exchange rate possible.

How much cash can I take to MX? ›

As for money, travelers can enter and leave Mexico with a maximum of 10 thousand dollars or its equivalent in another currency. This amount is valid in cash, national or foreign checks, documents to collect, payment orders, or a combination of any of these.

Is there an ATM in Bacalar? ›

There are also ATM machines located on the town square. There is no bank or money exchanger (“Cambio”) in Bacalar.

Is there snorkeling in Bacalar? ›

The lake of Bacalar is one of the most stunning spots in the Riviera Maya – and there are seven reasons why. The lengthy, narrow lake is comprised of no less than seven different shades of blue. With its white limestone bottom, the water is famously clear, and is an excellent place for diving, snorkeling and swimming.

How many cenotes are in Bacalar? ›

Often considered sacred by the Maya, there are somewhere in the region of 6,000 individual cenotes literally dotted about the Yucatan, with four cenotes near Bacalar itself.

Are there fish in Bacalar Lagoon? ›

Strangely, there are very few fish in the lake.

Can you live in Bacalar Mexico? ›

Cost of Living in Bacalar

Compared to the nearby Caribbean, the costs are far less. And the cost of living is a fraction of what it takes to live anywhere in North America making retirement in Bacalar, and all of Mexico, an attractive option.

How far is Bacalar from airport? ›

The nearest airport to Bacalar is Chetumal (CTM) Airport which is 21.3 km away. Other nearby airports include San Pedro (SPR) (95.9 km), Caye Caulker (CUK) (111.6 km), Belize City Goldson Intl Apt (BZE) (127.3 km) and Belize City Municipal (TZA) (130.9 km).

How do you treat mosquito bites in Mexico? ›

If you are bitten, you can purchase Andotol gel from local pharmacies in Mexico which is an effective after-bite treatment; ask the pharmacist about other after-bite products they have in stock; some use bicarbonate of soda as the active ingredient.

How do you get rid of mosquito bite? ›

Treatment
  1. Wash the area with soap and water.
  2. Apply an ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and itching. Reapply ice pack as needed.
  3. Apply a mixture of baking soda and water, which can help reduce the itch response. ...
  4. Use an over-the-counter anti-itch or antihistamine cream to help relieve itching.
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Do cruise ships ever encounter pirates? ›

However, cruise ships have thorough procedures to protect themselves from pirates, particularly in areas known for high rates of attacks. There were only six reports of pirates attempting to attack cruise ships over the last 10 years. – in fact there has never been a successful pirate attack on a cruise ship.

How do cruise ships stop pirates? ›

Ship's fire hoses or special Anti-piracy fire hoses are often used to fight pirates trying to board the ships. These high-pressure water hoses are extremely powerful and effective to fight pirates. Special anti-piracy fire hoses also come with semi-automatic and remote control system.

What was the most common cause of death for pirates? ›

However, swords, guns and cannonballs were not what sent most pirates to Davy Jones' locker (meaning, to their death). Instead, a pirate's greatest enemy was disease: food poisoning, malnutrition, infection.

Are there monkeys in Bacalar? ›

The ruins of the Mayan City of Kohunlich are about an hour away from Bacalar, but it's worth taking the time to visit and immerse yourself in the lush jungle with the howler monkeys who have now made it their home. You'll see moss blanketing the land and temples which once stood proudly on it.

Can I brush my teeth with tap water in Mexico? ›

Residents in Mexico may brush their teeth with tap water, but they'll rinse and spit, careful not to swallow. As a tourist, you may be better off taking the precaution of using bottled water to brush your teeth, and do try to remember to keep your mouth shut when you shower.

Can you brush your teeth with the water in Cabo? ›

Yes. It's safe. Almost all the resorts have a desalinization plant. Some of the AI resorts seem to encourage you to use bottled water to brush your teeth.

Can you shower in Mexico water? ›

Water delivered to homes in Mexico is suitable for showering and washing-up the dishes, but most people don't use unfiltered tap water for personal consumption.

Is Uber cheaper than taxi in Cancun? ›

Taxis tend to be more expensive than Uber. Within the hotel zone, however, it can be as little as around $1–2 for a short ride. Twenty Mexican Pesos (MXN) are around $1, so expect to pay 20–40 pesos for a short ride within the hotel zone.

Are taxis cheaper than Uber in Mexico? ›

Taxis will have a consistent fare, but they are more expensive overall and require pesos. If you're trying to travel around the city, Uber is usually the cheaper option.

How do I get from Mexico City to Bacalar? ›

The best way to get from Mexico City to Bacalar is to fly which takes 3h 50m and costs $850 - $3900. Alternatively, you can bus via Villahermosa, which costs $700 - $950 and takes 17h 32m.

What is there to see between Tulum and Bacalar? ›

The top stops along the way from Tulum to Bacalar (with short detours) are Tulum Archaeological Zone, Zona arqueológica de Coba, and Paradise Beach. Other popular stops include Reserva de la Biósfera Sian Ka'an, Maya Chan Beach, and Grand Cenote.

How many people live in Bacalar? ›

Further information about the population structure:
GenderPersons
Males6,134
Females6,393

How long is the Bacalar Lagoon? ›

Bacalar Lagoon (Laguna de Bacalar) is a 42 km (26 mi) long freshwater lake that is located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico near the border of Belize. The lake is fairly narrow being less than 2 km (1.2 mi) at its widest point. It is the largest lake in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the largest in Mexico.

How do I explore Bacalar? ›

Discover the Bacalar lagoon by a boat trip

One of the best ways to see the Bacalar lagoon is by taking a boat trip. You can arrange a tour through your hotel or at one of the many tour companies in the town. The boat will take you out onto the lagoon where you can enjoy the stunning views and crystal clear water.

How much do you tip a Tulum shuttle driver? ›

Shuttle Bus Drivers

These individuals are generally very helpful while getting you to your final destination. The suggested tip is about 50 pesos, or $2.50.

How much do you tip a taxi driver in Tulum? ›

Tipping a Taxi driver in Mexico

Did he/she give you extra information to make the most of your stay? If so, a tip of $10-$15 pesos would be appropriate.

How many nights are there in Bacalar Mexico? ›

We suggest spending three nights in Bacalar to see the highlights and have some time to enjoy the peaceful natural beauty of Bacalar. We have visited Bacalar every year since 2018 and have stayed at many places around the lagoon. Below are our top picks with stunning views of the lake, good value, and great locations.

Is Bacalar a party town? ›

Nightlife at Laguna Bacalar

Laguna Bacalar is a pretty quiet town, so don't expect Cancun or Playa del Carmen level parties.

Is 7 days too much in Iceland? ›

One week simply isn't enough to cover this beautiful country. But, that doesn't mean a week won't be amazing. A lot of those Iceland must-sees lie within a reasonable distance, making 7 days perfect to see waterfalls, glaciers, turf houses, lava fields, black beaches, and have some experiences you'll never forget.

How many days should you spend in Tulum? ›

While a lot can be seen in just a day or even in 36 hours in Tulum, I recommend a minimum of at least three days. These three days should be ideal for experiencing Tulum's vibrant culture, upscale nightlife, and most of the famous cenotes, ruins, and beaches. Once here, you're not going to want to leave – trust me.

Are there many mosquitoes in Bacalar? ›

The risk for mosquito activity is extremely high. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors to prevent bites. The risk for mosquito activity is high. Consider an EPA-registered repellent to deter mosquito bites.

Is the water warm in Bacalar? ›

The warmest sea water temperatures in Lake Bacalar are found in September when they peak at 29° and lowest in February when they dip to 26°. The sea is excellent for swimming all year round as the water temperature is very warm and ideal for relaxing and swimming for the whole day.

How much is a taxi from Cancun to Bacalar? ›

For this reason, your Cancun to Bacalar taxi cost might be $350+USD — the same as you'd pay for a private transfer.

Can you swim in Bacalar? ›

The lake of Bacalar is one of the most stunning spots in the Riviera Maya – and there are seven reasons why. The lengthy, narrow lake is comprised of no less than seven different shades of blue. With its white limestone bottom, the water is famously clear, and is an excellent place for diving, snorkeling and swimming.

Does Bacalar have Uber? ›

Note: There's no Uber in Bacalar, and no Uber in Quintana Roo Mexico.

Is Bacalar Lagoon polluted? ›

The water of the Bacalar Lagoon, on the east coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, is as pure as glacial ice. It contains scant organic material: some of its oldest inhabitants are oligotrophic microorganisms, so called for their minimal diet. As a result, the lagoon puts on a spectacular display in the sunlight.

Should I take jeans to Iceland? ›

Yes, you can wear jeans in Iceland. The summer and shoulder seasons are especially good times to travel in your most comfortable pair. If you plan to go on an adventurous excursion, we recommend wearing the appropriate, activewear clothing.

How much money should I bring to Iceland? ›

What is this? An average trip to Iceland cost for travellers that want to vacation in Iceland is approximately $100-195 per person per day. This means that the cost of 7 days in Iceland is around $700 to $1365.

What is the best month to tour Iceland? ›

The summer months — July and August — are Iceland's warmest, and have long been the most popular time to visit. And June, with its 24 hours of daylight, sees just about as many tourists as the peak of summer.

Do you need jeans in Tulum? ›

Tulum is a very trendy and chic destination. Jean shorts and a tee are proper attire during the day. But, the fashionistas come out at night with their dresses paired with a straw bag or clutch. If you're like me and don't have a passion for fashion, stick to your personal style, and you'll be fine.

Should I take dollars or pesos to Tulum? ›

Use the Local Currency

The local currency in Tulum is Mexican pesos. Tourists often use US dollars to avoid the hassle of currency exchange and calculations. However, this can eventually add up to a lot of money.

How much cash do you need for a week in Tulum? ›

How much money will you need for your trip to Tulum? You should plan to spend around M$1,621 ($81) per day on your vacation in Tulum, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, M$457 ($23) on meals for one day and M$374 ($19) on local transportation.

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