Three unique treasures of Quintana Roo that will surprise you
The Riviera Maya corridor is the favorite place chosen by lovers of the Caribbean because it allows you to carry out water activities, explore the jungle, find calm and taste delicious seafood. The average recommended stay to enjoy the area, is from 7 to 14 days, so you can make expeditions in three captivating villages that turn out to be unforgettable destinations thanks to the scenarios and attractions they offer.
Bacalar and its blue waters
An ancient Mayan village, called Sian Ka'an Bakhalal, today is a Magic Town that houses the enigmatic Laguna de los Siete Colores, with a range of shades ranging from blue to green, with shallow waters and light waves. It will take you three hours to go kayaking.
The Bacalar Lagoon, as it is also known, communicates with the bay of Chetumal by means of the deep river and the estuary of Chaac, and 30 kilometers away is the Cenote Azul, incomparable to dive among its labyrinths and caverns. Visit Ba'alche, a park classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, thanks to its tropical forests, mangroves, savannahs, cenotes, coral reefs, and 25 Mayan ruins. Explore the cuisine with the influence of Yucatecan cuisine, and try the queen's arm, a tamale with chaya; Other options are chocolomo and dogfish.
The jewel of Mahahual
This place, located only two hours from Chetumal by car, has the largest public beach in Quintana Roo and a walker of 1,700 meters, with a level of water so low that it can penetrate up to 50 meters from the beach. Its huge dock receives more than 150 national and international cruises.
The town is protected by the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, the second coral reef on the planet, which has been classified as a false atoll, since it is like an oval belt that measures 43 kilometers long by 28 wide, and has a shallow lagoon that has the cemetery of boats called Quitasueños. Dive into its underwater charm with certified guides like Gypsea Divers.
The calm of Xcalak
If you want to enjoy moments of relaxation in a true calm, you should visit the virgin beach of Xcalak, a small point of the mainland on the south coast of Quintana Roo, at the entrance of the Chetumal Bay, 12 kilometers from the border with Belize. Here you can snorkel to see species of black coral, lobsters, sea turtles, and multicolored fish. It is also easy to perform release fishing; that is, catch and release. Very close to here, there is Isla Pájaros, where you will appreciate a large number of birds, such as flamingos, pelicans, herons, wild ducks, parrots, owls, and seagulls.
Take into account
To get to any of the three destinations, the idea is to fly by Interjet to Chetumal. Then, you can rent a car to move to any of the three destinations.
In the Cenote Azul, 90 meters deep, it has intricate labyrinths that communicate with Laguna Bacalar.
Visit Chacchoben; its name refers to the corn colorado, scene of religious and ceremonial activities.
The Chinchorro Bank Reef houses bottlenose dolphins, tortoiseshell and loggerhead turtles.