This is already the final chapter of this great series where we reveal Yucatáns best hidden secrets. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed these insider tips and are inspired to go off the beaten track and experience all that the Yucatán Peninsula has to offer.
Bacalar was harassed by pirates for centuries due to their commercial importance in Central American goods. To learn more about the history of the town, you should visit the Fortress of San Felipe and the Pirate Museum. But this Mayan village, located 35 kilometers northwest of Chetumal, is most famous for its lagoon. The large body of water extends over several kilometers from the Bay of Chetumal, interconnecting other lakes, rivers and several villages. At a certain hour one can see up to 7 different shades of blue and green. The afternoon is best spend swimming in the lake, relaxing under a palapa and eating ceviche. The more adventurous people can zipline over the lagoon in Biomaya parc.
The breathtaking beaches and dense jungles of the Riviera Maya, call out to the camper in many of us. A great campsite for adventure seekers is Cavelands in Chemuyil. It’s located in the jungle on a cenote route. There are caves and water holes all along the road for campers to wander freely. There is plenty of space for parties with a huge campfire area and Xcacel turtle beach is just around the corner. You can rent tipis, cabañas and even cave rooms.
Grutas de Loltún
Exploring the multiple passages and admiring the formations of stalactites and stalagmites in the caves of Loltún is an amazing experience. The caves form part of the extensive cave system located in the southern state of Yucatan. Their approximate length is around 9 kilometers, of which 2 kilometers are open for the public.
Originally they served as a refuge and source of water supply to the first settlers of the region. The evidence of human settlement dates back to the Pleistocene and consists of paintings, Mayan sculptures and tools and even bones of bison, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger. These relics give visitors a great insight in Mayan culture and history. To get the most out of your experience, we recommend you hire a guide.
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