Exploring Bacalar On Foot

29 Mar

My favorite way to explore any place is by walking. It’s a chance to savor the sights, sounds and smells. Bacalar is quite compact, so it is an easy distance to meander, allowing whim to lead. Last night’s tormenta left streets washed away and electrical wires down. The trees and flowers weren’t complaining however and everything looked green and bright, the way it does after a good drenching.

Bogavilla of all colors are blooming year round.

Bogavilla of all colors are blooming year round.

It’s also banana season in southern Mexico with large bunches hanging in every yard.


This bunch came down in the heavy downpour.

This bunch fell down in the heavy downpour.

Along my walk, I admired this beautiful stone wall that was recently completed. It is amazing to me that a wall is built on property where there is no house! In some instances, I’ve seen narrow doors in a thick wall in front of an empty lot that will make future construction almost impossible. I’ve yet to figure it out.


Onward toward the mercado. There is a large Mennonite community around Bacalar. They are known for their cheese production and handmade furniture. These lovely chairs were for sale at about $25US each. This robust gentleman had to show me how well the chairs were made by wiggling his behind in the seat, which made everyone laugh. The Mennonite man even smiled, I think.


The mercado was busy. There are a lot of out-of-state vehicles in town as we lead up to Semana Santa, Holy Week and Easter, which swells Bacalar to capacity and then some. All hotels and hostels will be full to overflowing.

The Mayan women have their patio eggs and backyard veggies.

The Mayan women have their patio eggs and backyard veggies.


My next stop is the juice bar. It’s new and they offer a mean green drink, a bit sweet put perfect refreshment after a walk.

$1.50 for a half liter.

$1.50 for a half liter.

I was pleased to see early corn available. The guy said it was grown local, a peso an ear (.07). I bought five and he threw in a freebie. The corn turned out to be quite sweet. Mexico banned GMO corn, so the ears are small. Together with the black beans left from dinner and the tomatoes and cilantro from the mercado, I made a great fresh corn and black bean salad for lunch. Yum.

I couldn’t resist a shot of these lovely watermelons. It would have been a bit difficult to carry and besides I had one home on the counter.

Another Mennonite family.

Another Mennonite family.

I had a conversation with a Mennonite woman selling tomatoes and peppers. She spoke English having lived in Belize and complained that she found Spanish difficult to learn. She told me that she has eleven children and her mother had sixteen, all still living. She was fascinated that I only had three children. I wished that I had more time to stay and talk to her. Hopefully I’ll see her again.

I learned that going for a walk with no destination or plan can turn a grumpy morning into an awesome day. The ingredients for lunch were a bonus. It’s easy here with a smile and a hug to connect. I bet it would work where you live too. Let us know. DOS TORTAS


5 Responses to “Exploring Bacalar On Foot”

  1. emilievardaman March 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Wonderful walk!
    My Mexican friends don’t get it that I chose never to have children. They shake their heads in wonder. When they find out my boyfriend doesn’t have any either, they are even more distressed. I wonder what this Mennonituwoman would think?


    • afish25 March 30, 2015 at 4:57 am #

      Children provide many hands in an agricultural community. The woman was as curious about me as I was about her. They stand out in Bacalar as much as we do with their overalls for men, hats and long dresses for women. We need to take a ride and see where the community is.


  2. Barbara Davoli March 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you for the lovely words and photos. I’ve been living in Guanajuato for 24 years and will be retiring this summer. I hope to visit Bacalar soon.


    • afish25 March 31, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Barbara. If you get down his way, definitely let us know. Come before the summer. It gets pretty toasty.


  3. Barbara Davoli April 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    I’ll let you know when my travel plans are more definite.I’m working until August, so it would be in the fall or winter.

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