(TE44) Bacalar lagoon, Bacalar fort and Cenote Azul

Tour and private guide

14 to 16 hours

All entrances

Private transportation

Pick up and drop off hotel

Tour brief description

Tour for two to 15 persons from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Riviera Maya.

You’ll visit the south of Quintana Roo and know the heavenly Bacalar lagoon, also known as the seven colors lagoon. We’ll board a pontoon and navigate over the crystalline waters of Brujas, Esmeralda and Cocalitos cenotes. We’ll also visit the Birds Island and the Pirates channel, where you can swim and refresh in the clear waters of the lagoon.

Our tour continues in the famous San Felipe de Bacalar fort, built to defend this population. You’ll known the Mayan history and anecdotes and even of overseas pirates.

Subsequently, you’ll visit the famous Azul cenote, an open cenote of transparent waters of 200 meters diameter and 90 meters depth, in where you can snorkel, swim and refresh, in addition to eat in its beautiful restaurant.

In every moment our certified guide will explain you the place stories, curious details and the development and importance of visited sites.


The unit price decreases according to the size of the group.

Departure Time

6:00 a.m.

  • Pick up and drop off in your hotel.
  • Ride on pontoon in Bacalar lagoon.
  • Entrance to Bacalar fort.
  • Entrance to Azul cenote.
  • Driver.
  • Private guide.
  • Box lunch.
  • Private transportation.
  • Bottled water and snacks in transportation.
  • Souvenir.
  • Face mask and sanitizing gel.
No Included
  • Tips.
  • Lifejacket rent (obligatory).
  • Lockers rent.
  • Video and photography permissions in museums, archaeological zones and attractions.

Spanish, English.

Additional information
  • Before the tour start you must show your ID to the guide.
  • Use comfortable shoes.
  • Use flip flops for aquatic activities.
  • Use swimwear and towel and bring a change of dry clothes.
  • Use sunglasses.
  • Use sun block and hat.
  • You must have the physical condition to walk up to 180 minutes. (with breaks).
  • Spanish and English languages don’t have an extra cost.
  • We don’t do surprise stops in any store to force you to buy handicrafts.
  • We strictly respect the itinerary.
  • We don’t sell you anything aboard or in the tour.
  • All aquatic experiences are shared with other tourists.
  • If during the tour the maritime authorities decree a prohibition of navigation due to bad weather at the lagoon, the experience will be canceled for the safety of all visitors and the tour will continue, without reimbursement of the experience.
  • Confirmation will be received by email at the time of booking.
  • Infants under 2 years of age are free of charge, but must travel in the arms or on the legs of their parents. (please inform us in the notes).
  • Babies (over two years old) and young children must have their own seats.
  • A infant car seat available per tour, (please request it).
  • The unit price decreases according to the size of the group.

(TE44) Bacalar lagoon, Bacalar fort and Cenote Azul


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Pax Per person
02 $542.44 USD minivan
03 $411.08 USD minivan
04 $347.25 USD minivan
05 $308.96 USD minivan
06 $323.08 USD minivan
07 $299.18 USD minivan
08 $281.26 USD minivan
09 $267.32 USD minivan
10 $256.16 USD minivan
11 $275.43 USD large van
12 $265.46 USD large van
13 $257.02 USD large van
14 $249.79 USD large van
15 $243.52 USD large van

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Bacalar lagoon

Our first stop is in the so called seven colors lagoon. It is said like this because in its interior there are seven cenotes, that in the moment of being illuminated with sunlight generate different tones from dark blue and turquoise green to transparent.

Bacalar lagoon is 43 kilometers long and 4 kilometers in its widest point. Its real name is Bakhalal and in Mayan means “closer or surrounded by reeds”. This lagoon is shallow, except on the cenotes zone. Normally has a little surge, perfect to swim comfortably.

We’ll travel in this lagoon over a pontoon and watch extraordinary landscapes. We’ll see a lot of birds, we’ll navigate over hidden cenotes and can walk in sandbanks in the middle of the lagoon. An incredible experience.

Bacalar fort

The San Felipe de Bacalar fort is inside of a magic town, a Mexican Government high distinction to small towns that protect and care its ecological and cultural richness. Despite the center of activities is the fort, you can take some minutes to know its main square and streets.

The fort is located just in front of the seven colors lagoon. Its purpose was to defend the population from the English, Dutch and French invasions of XVIII century, who wanted to sack and control the precious woods and dye stick trade. The fortress can be perambulated, and from the top, you can take precious pictures and views of the lagoon.

Also, inside there is a magnificent museum with a collection that narrates the zone historical development with documents, maps, drawings and models. In this collection there are Mayan and colonial archaeological ruins, but mainly you can appreciate a beautiful set of scale boats from the pirates era. Also you can’t miss the grandiose mural with the region historical narrative.

Bacalar Azul cenote

Few minutes far from the fort there is our last stop: an open cenote with sweet and transparent water. Its name is Azul cenote, because its color indicates the abyss is under us when we swim in it. Is 100 meters depth with 200 meters diameter, surrounded by the jungle and is almost part of the lagoon if not for a little ground stripe that pulls them apart.

There you can swim and snorkeling accompanied by beautiful fishes of different sizes and colors. We recommend you to swim at the center of the cenote, because you’ll feel a very special sensation.

The tour ends eating at the restaurant of the same place, that has a precious view of the cenote. After that we’ll take you back to your hotel.

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