In previous posts, we have attempted to share a few on the many things that Tulum has to offer, cenotes, waterparks, the ocean and The Ruins. We would like to mention three lagoons. Kaan Luum Lagoon, Yal-ku Lagoon and Bacalar.
Kaan Luum Lagoon.
Kaan Luum is located about 12 kilometers south of Tulum. It is on the left side of the main highway 307 and there is a large sign. The entrance into the lagoon is just a short drive and there is a big parking lot. The entrance fee for Kaan Luum is very inexpensive. 50 pesos and if you want to include more in your package, the price is about 150 pesos, which includes kayaking or paddle boarding. Once you enter, it is a little jaunt down to the lagoon, so where comfortable shoes and pack as lightly as possible. After you have walked your little jaunt, you will come to a wooden bridge that will take you to the lagoon. There are a couple of Palapas for shade and they have benches. To enter the lagoon to swim, though, you will enter from the pier. The shoreline can be a little muddy.
The meaning of the lagoon name, Kaan Luum, is “Yellow Earth” in Mayan language. The entire floor of the lagoon is made of clay, which is perfect for a good skin exfoliation. A lot of people go here just to experience the clay. They cover their body in it and let it dry then jump back in and rinse off. The place is completely safe even for those who do not know how to swim, since you can walk for meters within the lagoon, while still standing.
What makes Kaan Luum so unique is the fact there is a Cenote in the center of it. There is a fence around the perimeter of the cenote to prevent anyone from swimming into it, for safety reasons. You can however, scuba dive in the cenote with the supervision of the manager and pay extra for that.
Kaan Luum lagoon is a place of complete contact with nature and you will witness the abundant birds that inhabit there. It is recommended to pack in food and drink since there is no food available here and pack biodegradable sunblock.
Yal-ku lagoon is located in Akumal. It is about 25 minutes north of Tulum. To get to Yal-ku Lagoon you enter towards Akumal Playa, the beach side. Follow the road all the way, past Half Moon Bay and then follow the signs to Yal-Ku. Yal-Ku is an inlet from the ocean and the salt and freshwater mix. The calm turquoise waters are home to sea turtles, tropical fish and manta rays. This makes for a nice afternoon of snorkeling.
There are two companies that run Yal-ku. Each has their own entrance to the lagoon. The first is smaller. The second one is at the end and offers Cabanas for shade and is much more comfortable for those who want to hang out for the whole day. Both offer gear rental and there is a snack bar on the premises. Which is good, because you are not allowed to bring in your own food and drink.
This was an amazing experience here. We experienced amazing sea life, huge colorful fish and turtles. The water was so crystal clear and refreshing. You won’t be disappointed in this adventure.
This stunning town in Quintana Roo sits next to a beautiful blue lagoon that offers the ideal space for swimming, diving, snorkeling and boat rides. Bacalar is located about 2 ½ hours drive south of Tulum. The historic fortress of San Felipe offers impressive views of the lagoon and will transport you back to an age when pirates were a constant threat to the region. The dense jungle that surrounds Bacalar is also home to some fascinating Mayan archaeological zones.
Bacalar lake is one of the most stunning spots in the Riviera Maya and there is seven reasons why. The lenghty, marrow lake is comprised of now less then seven different shades of blue. With its white limestone bottom, the water is famously clear and is an exellent place for spending the day swimming in it.
Bacalar was raided throughout the 17th centruy, as pirates would enter the lagoon via a canal that is now known as Pirates Canal. Diego de Los Reyes, a famous pirate who was a native of the coastal state of Campeche, devastated the town in 1642. It was not until the completion of San Fellipe”s Fort in 1733 that the Spanish crown was able to successfully defend Bacalar.
San Felipe’s Fort is nextled on the shores of the laggon and offers some of the most spectacular views of the lake. Today is cantains a small museum of piracy, including the display of a pirate skeleton that was excavated from the area. The fort and museum are open every day of the week except Monday.
The best way to get the most out of Bacalar is to plan a night in the town. There are plenty of hotels there in all price ranges.
We hope you enjoyed this read. It may be time to plan your Lagoon Day!!!!! Cheers/Saludos