If you like stories about aliens, Mayan culture, undescribed things then you should continue reading. If you don’t like them – well, don’t read it, that is your problem:)
The story will be about Bacalar, a small city near Mexican coast, still not so popular among tourists but slowly getting there. Even if not well known it has a great history and probably a few legends (at least in my head). The city lays next to the lagoon, on an ancient Mayan lands. The lagoon is “charged” by a few underwater wells. The deepest one has about 90 m. I decided to take an early morning tour on SUP (Stand-up paddleboard) and had a chance to hear how it was created (at least according to our guide). First theory says that many years ago, ancient times, a huge meteor hit this place and left the hole. The only problem is that no one knows what happened with the stone. It couldn’t disappear just like that (you would think but it’s Mayan land so who knows, they had their ways).
Another theory says that the was some kind of acid that burned the hole though our guide couldn’t explain where it came from or why it appeared just it this specific place.
Geologist may have something more to say about it, more realistic, but I also like to think that Mayans were right: they believed that this underwater wells (Cenotes) were gates to underworld, the world that they couldn’t access. How cool is that? Maybe that why I felt chill on my neck while snorkeling there?
Of course cenotes were also natural source of clear water that is why many Mayan cities were built around them.
In Hispanic times Balacar was frequently attacked by pirates – they could get there on land and through one of the channels connecting lagoon with the Caribbean Sea. Personally, I believe they were also hiding their treasures on few islands you can find on the lagoon (you’ve seen Pirates of Caribbean, right?).
Great stories, few inspirations for a great book but other than that the place is perfect to relax and just enjoy the moment. You can find accommodation in many hostels based on the shore of the lagoon, go for a concert to a local pub (just ask around or do a pub crawl to see posters in different places), take yoga classes or just rent a kayak and paddle around. There is plenty to explore and it’s definitely the best place to rest after craziness of Quintana Roo and Mayan touristy coast (You will know what I mean if you visited Playa del Carmen or Cancun).
I was trying to find more information about pirates in Bacalar but there is not much about the topic – at least not on the Internet. It was incredible (and brutal) time in the history and sometimes I would love to find myself there and there, just as an observer and describe everything.
I focused on Bacalar as this was the first city I really enjoyed and really had more time to relax and enjoy conversations with my co-hostelers (I think I just created this word). Also there is always an adaptation time for every country I travel to. Only after a few days I start to understand the system that “rules” every place. How to travel, how to deal with people, how to avoid certain situations. After that I start to be more relaxed, more aware of what surrounds me. I see more. I can do more. I allow myself to do more things. In Cancun, I stayed with a friend so it was kind of easy, I didn’t have to worry about, he was there to lead me. It was also so refreshing after Cuba. I could just go to a supermarket, see prices and buy what I wanted. People were nicer, they didn’t ask for money on every step. Then Playa del Carmen where I stayed way to long (three nights) and it was kind of a shot for me. Travelled alone, getting used to it. Still trying to find my feet in the world around me (also opinion that Mexico is dangerous didn’t help my paranoia). I stayed in Tulum just one night though it looked much nicer than Playa. I should have stayed longer but at the time I had no idea what I want to do, where I want to go or if I want to stay in Mexico. Bacalar gave me a moment to breath and decide – yes, I want to explore Mexico.
I am writing this words now, in Colombia, I know I haven’t been regular with my writing but sometimes you just need a time to describe some things. Hopefully, I will get better. Also, I hope I will have chance to read more about pirates, not mentioning other tribes and people of ancient Mexico. It’s mesmerizing.