The protected natural areas that surround exciting adventures and marvelous landscapes as well as the unusual architecture are all awaiting you in Chetumal. This city is state capital of Quintana Roo and the youngest of all the capitals in Mexico.
Enveloped in hospitality, plan an excursion deep into the jungle, where you can enjoy the intense color of the flora and admire the fauna in all its splendor. There are also archeological sites, hidden by dense forests, of spectacular beauty and historical importance.
In the museums of Chetumal, our visitors can learn about the results of the research done by archeologists and historians who have, little by little, carefully unveiled the history of the Maya. The museums offer professional multi-lingual guide services, giving explanations of the pieces on display.
The Bay of Chetumal stands out for its multicolor splendor, one of the main attractions of the region. We also invite you to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Rio Hondo and Laguna de Bacalar, also known as the Lagoon of the Seven Colors. Once in Chetumal, don't miss out on seeing the Kohunlich and Dzibanche archeological zones. We invite you to experience this colorful and incomparable adventure!
In order to safeguard the history of Chetumal for future generations to come, this museum was founded close to the Instituto Quintanarroense de la Cultura (Quintana Roonian Institute of Culture). Apart from being one of the oldest edifices of Chetumal, this museum gives examples of eye-catching architecture as well as classy interior decor. There are six salons filled with photographs, furniture, weapons and many other items that had something to do with the history of these brave people.
This city, said to be the cradle of the mixing of the Maya and Spanish cultures, would not be complete without a center entirely dedicated to the Maya culture. It is a culture that stands out among other pre-Hispanic cultures for its great scientific advances and the mysterious disappearance of this people from all the principal Maya cities. With the help of modern science, the museum scientists offer an interesting collection of handicrafts, mock-ups, studies and reproductions of articles from the era, all to help us better understand the wisdom of the Maya.
Lake Bacalar, also known as the Lagoon of the Seven Colors for the different tones that its water takes, offers an incomparable landscape. Here, the salt water and fresh water currents mix and together with the unpredictable sun, create multiple variations of blue to intense green. To add to this picture, there are mangroves which border this impressive lagoon. This idyllic place is perfect for water sports, particularly diving since there are many sub-aquatic caves to be explored.
Bacalar itself is a town that is centuries old and has existed even before the arrival of the Spaniards toChetumal. It was founded by the Mayas approximately in the year 500 A.D., when the town served as a loading dock. Merchandise was supplied or collected by sea all along the peninsula to what is now Honduras and Guatemala.
What you cannot miss when you come through Bacalar is the Fort of San Felipe. Constructed in 1727, the fort protected the people from the numerous pirate and European smuggler attacks. Today it has been transformed into a museum on the history and interesting anecdotes of the Maya, the Spaniards and buccaneers.
Famous among diving experts, this place is an absolutely must when you come Chetumal. The Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote) has crystal-clear waters that give the visitor clear visibility, even 200 feet underwater. Explore each corner of this enigmatic beauty. This is one of the Yucatan Peninsula's best kept secrets.
Its name in Maya means "writing on wood" and was so named due to the various wooden lintels, found in the area, that had inscriptions that alluded to a calendar. This particular temple is known as the Templo de los Dinteles (Temple of the Lintels), which stands on the highest point of the archeological zone and stands vigil of the site. It is believed that this ancient city was originally a small village, dedicated to agriculture.
Kohunlich is an invaluable Maya archeological center that is located 40 miles south ofChetumal. Surrounded by dense jungle vegetation, the city was carefully drawn out to comprise of numerous platforms, plazas, citadels and palaces. There was also a complex sewer system and a rain water reservoir. The city of Kohunlich seemed to have been an important commercial center and was a main stop on the commercial routes that united the southern part of the Yucatan, Campeche, Peten in Guatemala and Belize.
Located in the Mexican Caribbean, this reef is barely discernable above sea level. It is made up of skeletal material, snails and sea shells. Once you go under into the waters of Chinchorro, explore the Spanish and English shipwrecks, raided World War II boats and unfortunate cargo ships that have run aground. The Chinchorro Bank Biosphere Reserve was so named in 1996 to preserve and maintain the ecological balance of the zone so that it can be admired by generations to come.
For those who need their gambling fix, nearby Belize is a gambling paradise. Belize has a number of Las Vegas style casinos with the typical games like Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and the age-old favorite slot machines. There are also shows in the evenings and dinner in specialty restaurants.