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Bacalar - lagoon of 7 colors & channel of pirates

Minimum: 8 people                                                                             Maximum: 16 people 

Difficulty: Easy
Duration:  Approximately 16 hours

Age:  No age restriction


We will drive from Playa del Carmen south to Bacalar, to the Lagoon of the 7 colors. You can sleep comfortably on the bus until we arrive. The town of Bacalar was founded by the Mayans in 415 A.C. Its original name was "Bakhalal" and it was the first town taken by the Conquistadores in 1543. The Spaniards called the city "Salamanca de Bacalar". After the arrival, we will enjoy a big breakfast with fresh fruits, coffee, and fresh squeezed juice with a fantastic view over the lagoon and the market place. 


Bellies full, we will head to the pirate fort San Felipe. Experience the history of the pirates on a guided tour through the ancient walls and the small museum. The Mexican people built it in 1723 to protect themselves from pirates who raided the place several times, kidnapping the Mayan women, and bringing them to Isla Mujeres. The panoramic view over the cannon guns on the opposite channel of the pirates is uniquely beautiful and brings up memories of old films. There, you can look down onto the freshwater lake, which is 55 km long and 2 km wide. The water is, in some places, only 20 cm deep and the ground has a fantastic, fine, sandy, and white texture. This shimmers in 7 different shades of turquoise. It is a paradise on earth, like the shore of the Maldives, with it’s many thatched rood huts.  


Afterwards, we will go to the shore of the lagoon and enjoy the beauty of the Lagoon of the 7 colors and their different cenotes on a 4-hour relaxed pontoon (flat boat) boat trip with various bathing stops in the turquoise waters. You will quickly arrive into another world, just let your mind wander. We will drive past beautiful villas to the bird island, where we can even experience Storks with luck. There are many Frigate birds, Herons, Spoonbills, and Cormorants in the wild. A breathtaking, beautiful, spectacle of colors.  


Continue through the lagoon until you reach a narrow channel that flows into the Caribbean Sea, the "Canal de los Piratas" (Pirate Channel). We will drop the anchor and stay in the knee-deep, dreamy clear, turquoise-colored, fresh water for bathing, relaxing, and having fun. Rubbing each other with healing mud is extremely fun and the mood is always exuberant. Afterwards we wash everything off in the turquoise clear water (the brave ones can jump from a platform into the water). Together we will enjoy the time aboard the boats or in the water, take unforgettable photos, have drinks with music, and good moods. Let´s dance!  


After hearing and learning about many exciting pirate stories and having fun bathing experiences in the lakes and cenotes, we will then enjoy fresh stone oven pizza at the restaurant. On the way home to Playa del Carmen, let us treat ourselves to one or more drinks on the bus. 



"All Inclusive Tour" - Includes: 

  • Day trip according to the above program
  • Personal care by Santi Tour guides
  • Pick up from your hotel or meeting point
  • Ride with a certified driver in a comfortable, fully insured, and air-conditioned minivan
  • Tour guide in English 
  • Cool drinks in the bus (soft drinks, water, beer)
  • Extensive breakfast in the restaurant in Bacalar
  • Guided tour to the fort and museum of San Felipe with view over the bay and the pirates channel
  • About 4 hours guided boat tour with swimming stops in crystal clear and shallow water
  • Bathing in different center
  • Exfoliating massage with mineral mud in the pirates channel
  • Swimming and fun in the pirates channel with music and drinks
  • Fresh made "Cuba libre" cocktails
  • Homemade brick oven pizza in the restaurant 
  • All photos / videos of this tour are free of charge as a gift from us!
  • Free Wi-Fi on almost all tours in our minivans (whenever network is available on the routes)
  • Parking fees / tolls
  • Return to your hotel lobby or meeting point


Not included:

  • Personal expenses (e.g. for souvenirs, restroom, etc.) Please have small change in MXN or USD
  • Coffee or tea at the coffee stop
  • More or different drinks in the restaurant
  • Tips in general (tour guide, driver, waitress, etc.)

  Pick up and transfer: 

  • Pick up at the lobbies of all hotels in Playa del Carmen to the center of Tulum (not hotel zone Tulum). Please, let us know before booking about the location or name of your hotel.
  • Hotels in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, and before Playa del Carmen: Pick-up at the meeting point Colectivo terminal in Playa del Carmen.
  • The transfer to Playa del Carmen or the meeting point  must be made by a taxi,as the pick-up is before the start of the Colectivo times. 


Duration of tour:

  • The travel time to Bacalar is about 3.5 hours from the center of Playa del Carmen (depending on traffic and without pick-ups). You can still sleep on the bus until we arrive relaxed for a big breakfast in the morning. The tour is not expected to end before 8 PM to 9 PM. Please note this with your tour planning.


  • No waves or swells as this is a lagoon, also suitable for people with seasickness!
  • We kindly ask you to protect our reefs, cenotes and animals by avoiding sunscreen. They have a big impact of the damage of nature, even if it's biodegradable. Please use special Lycra shirts with UV protection instead
  • our tour is also suitable for children. Please bring swimming aids!
  • Life jackets are mandatory on boats in Mexico
  • This tour is a full day tour! It begins around 5 am, and the return to Playa del Carmen is around 8PM to 9PM  (depending on traffic, weather, events, etc.). However, we can not guarantee this


Prices per person:

  • Adults                                                     190 USD / 160 EUR                                                                     
  • Kids 4 to 7 years                                        95 USD / 80 EUR                                            
  • Kids 8 to 11 years                                   140 USD / 120 EUR                                            
  • Kids from 12 years                                  190 USD / 160 EUR                                           

Payment options:

  • The payment for our excursions will be made in CASH on the afternoon of the excursion day. We accept US Dollars, Mexican Pesos, or Euro (at the current daily exchange rate). It is not possible to accept credit card, bank transfer, or Paypal.
  • We ask for your understanding, just for the fairness of the other guests, we cannot drive to any banks or ATMs to exchange or withdraw money.


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