PUEBLOS MAGICOS

Updated: Jan 8

Ultimate Guide to Travel Magical Towns in Mexico


What is a “Pueblo Magico”? or a Magic Town in Mexico?

It is a designation from the Mexican Federal Government awarded to small towns or ports that meet the “Pueblos Magicos eligibility guidelines. Small towns, villages or ports submit their candidacy and if they meet all the requisites, they receive the designation. It is unique to Mexico. It is an added value to the location in terms of positioning them in the map of Pueblos Magicos and they receive a special tourism attraction promotion.


A Magical Town is a place with symbols and legends.

Populated with a history that in many cases have been the scene of transcendent events for Mexico, they are places that show the national identity in each of its corners, with a magic that emanates from its attractions; visiting them is an opportunity to discover the charm of Mexico.


The Magical Towns Program contributes to revaluing a group of populations of the country that have always been in the collective imagination of the nation and that represent fresh and varied alternatives for national and foreign visitors.


As of March 26, 2021, in Mexico there are 132 Magical Towns and, in this blog, we present our first one.

From Ministry of Tourism Pueblos Mágicos | Secretaría de Turismo | Gobierno | gob.mx (www.gob.mx)


My column – Bajo el cielo mágico de Bacalar/Under the Magical Sky of Bacalar




Dedicated to my “chula” Felipa Elena Pasos Garrido.

Our last trip together, 2021, Chetumal, Quintana Roo.


What is a “Pueblo Magico”? or a Magic Town in Mexico?

It is a designation from the Mexican Federal Government awarded to small towns or ports that meet the “Pueblos Magicos eligibility guidelines. Small towns, villages or ports submit their candidacy and if they meet all the requisites, they receive the designation. It is unique to Mexico. It is an added value to the location in terms of positioning them in the map of Pueblos Magicos and they receive a special tourism attraction promotion.




 



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A Magical Town is a place with symbols and legends.

Populated with a history that in many cases have been the scene of transcendent events for Mexico, they are places that show the national identity in each of its corners, with a magic that emanates from its attractions; visiting them is an opportunity to discover the charm of Mexico.


The Magical Towns Program contributes to revaluing a group of populations of the country that have always been in the collective imagination of the nation and that represent fresh and varied alternatives for national and foreign visitors.


As of March 26, 2021, in Mexico there are 132 Magical Towns and, in this blog, we present our first one.

From Ministry of Tourism Pueblos Mágicos | Secretaría de Turismo | Gobierno | gob.mx (www.gob.mx)


My column – Bajo el cielo mágico de Bacalar/Under the Magical Sky of Bacalar


And after this explanation, it is with excitement that write I this column for Heart of Hollywood magazine, as we say goodbye to 2021 and looking forward to 2022. The Mayans say: “the end of an era is the beginning of another one. And one thing that we cannot forget is that we live with COVID 19 and its relatives SARS, OMICRON, etc.


However, I invite you to live the moment and in the present and plan your travel with excitement. Traveling to a Pueblo Mágico, is to travel to the mysticism of the past with a

mix of heavy doses of culture, tradition, gastronomy, excitement, without the heavy traffic and in a more relaxed environment. With that, I introduce you to this beautiful and magical town of Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


The first time I travelled to Bacalar was in 1972 and it was love at first sight. My three siblings attended and graduated from the CREN Bacalar, (Centro de Enseñanza Normal/Center for Higher Education), they are all retired teachers. At that time, Bacalar was a tiny, small lagoon village with pristine colors that remain as magical today. In 2019, our family traveled to Bacalar for a family wedding and we stayed at

an airbnb, 4 families (14 people in 5 bedrooms for $400 a night in a private residence with an indoor and outdoor kitchen and right by the lagoon).



Photo courtesy of: Excursión a Bacalar desde Cancún, la laguna de los siete colores - Guía de México | Turismo e información (turismomexico.es)


Bacalar or Laguna of the Siete Colores/Seven Colors, is a lagoon located in the state of Quintana Roo and is very close to Chetumal, the capital of that state. The Mayan word Bakhalal means "near or surrounded by reeds." As of 2011 it is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40 kilometers (25 mi) north of Chetumal (Chetumal is the capital of the state of Quintana Roo), at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. It has a population of close to 12,000 people.

Bacalar is also the name of the lagoon, Bacalar lagoon on the east side of the town.



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