Area Information

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Maya Cala is located in the middle of a jungle and a lagoon, making for an ideal setting for a variety of endemic plants and many animals, including a large number of birds.

A Tropical Paradise! The Villa is privileged because of it's amazing setting, on it's own private cove with the surrounding jungle and our close proximity to the ocean, either to the huge Bay of Chetumal and the beaches of fine white sand and turquoise water in Mahahual, from where you can reach the spectacular Chinchorro Reef, an underwater marvel.

Maps to Maya Cala Villa

"Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints”

There are some the greatest photographic opportunities in world to be had right here. Monkeys, coati, peccary, colorful song and water birds, hummingbirds galore, incredible flowers just to name a few, await your visit and your camera.

The Lake

Laguna Bacalar is the second largest fresh-water lake in all of Mexico. Over 50km long one side is forested by palms and various hardwoods while the other side is a beautiful wild mangrove marsh. It is fed by fresh water springs from the cenotes and is so clear and clean that it is a fabulous turquoise colour in the shallower areas with different shades of blue arising where the depth is greater. It is known as the "The lake of Seven Colours".

For more information about the lake visit the Laguna Bacalar Institute and learn more about this jewel in the jungle.

Here is another article about the area's special waters: Yucatan Living.

Activities & Sight Seeing

There are also interesting places nearby, such as:

  • 15 minutes to the Town of Bacalar and Fort San Felipe where there are endless activities, restaurants, market, shops, the work of local artists or a dance performance in the Bacalar Casa de Cultura (Culture House). Visit the Fort of San Felipe, on the town square, to find out. 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. 6 days a week Closed Mondays. What was the life of a pirate like, learn about the lives of the Mayans before Europeans came to the New World? NOTE-Every-Saturday-Morning.. Market in Bacalar, Herbs,fruit,veggie's,fish,Butcher,health-drinks and much more. Read more: Bacalar, Mexico.
  • 15 minutes: Bio Maya Zipline & jungle beauty - south of Buenavista, north of Bacalar
  • Pedro Antonio de los Santos Pedro local town as you leave gate turn right down the highway this is the closest gas station, restaurants, hardware store and shops
  • 12 minutes from the Blue Hole the Connote Azul - Federic's Laguna Azul – lakeside Restaurant and Bar where you can dive from the roof into the deep blue clear water .
  • Chetumal: Capital City of Quintana Roo. Maya Culture Museum in the center of town with beautiful artifacts on display. A Large Mall with Theatres.
  • Belize Free Zone: Duty Free Shopping and 3 Casinos, on the border of Mexico and Belize. The Free Zone is close to Chetumal, in Belize. (passport needed).
  • Boat Taxi - There is also day trips to Belize leaving from Chetumal  by boat taxi
  • 45 minutes from Mahahual (THIS IS A MUST) to the ocean side. You can barter at the shops for all your souvenirs, have a massage and enjoy spa treatments or walk along the ocean's edge collecting shells and coral  go diving / snorkel / jet ski or go sailing in calm waters. This is where there is one of the largest coral reefs in the world.
  • 1.45 hours from Tulum.
  • 2.5 hours from Playa del Carmen.
  • Chacchoben Ruins - A walking path touring three excavated and restored pyramids estimated to be about 1,500 years old.
  • Kohunlich Ruins - In the midst of the jungle lies the ruins of an old pre-Columbian Maya civilization.
  • San Pedro - San Pedro is on the south end of the island of Ambergris Caye, the largest Island in Belize.
  • Xcalak Village - A little fishing village. Well known for it's great fishing and diving, a bit off the beaten path, you can escape the crowds here.
  • Chinchorro Banks - Coral Atoll Banco Chinchorro is a must for any diver, and is just 18 miles offshore from Xcalak.
  • - Visit their store to see the latest styles in toe rings, anklets, and thumb rings.
  • Lagusana Bacalar Boat Tours
    Amir ~9831649542 ~Bacalar
    Erik ~98311977134 ~Bacalar
    Kristel ~9841382948 ~ Bacalar
    Lancheros el Fuerte de Bacalar ~ cel 983 107-4065
    Venado Azul Tours + 52 983 119 7134
    Sailing tours ~ 983-134-7468 ~ Bacalar ~
  • pecialty tours~ Gunnar at Active Nature ~
  • Buena Vista little village beside Wild Life Laguna ~down the HWY 2 min ~go down to the Balanario ~ Stand up paddle-board ~ rentals
  • -, Nick's cel 983 732 3144
  • - Take a look at the webcam overlooking the Lake of Seven Colors in our nearby town of Bacalar. Were so lucky to live here. It's a magical place. Don't believe all the bad press about Mexico. Come for a visit.
  • Visit the Fort San Felipe over looking Laguna Bacalar!
  • Marcos in Bacalar - Sailing tours: 983-134-7468 /
  • Jose Xcalak Tours – Maybe you are very serious about fly fishing or snorkeling… explore the reefs, islands, lagoons and bays of the beautiful Xcalak National Park. My name is Jose, Please check the website
  • Laguna Bacalar Boat Tours - Open every day from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Info cel 983 107-4065. Lancheros el Fuerte de Bacalar. $200 peso tour = 90+ minutes.
  • Buena Vista SUP Tours of the Lake
  • Bacalar Bars: Google Search
  • Bacalar Grocery Stores: Google Search
  • Restaurant Next door to Maya cala in the little village of Buena vista - Front entrance turn left - 2 minutes down the Road;

Nearby Amenities

Buena Vista - 2 minutes

Exiting the gate of Wild Life Lagoon turn left on to HWY 307, 2 minutes away you come to the little village of Buena Vista. On main street entrance in Buena Vista two blocks down right hand side is a clinic, next block right hand side is the Tortilleria, in front of the Tortilleria is a grocery store that sells  kitchen food items, beer & liquor. Next to the store is a stand that sells to go food your typical Mexican food ready to eat (BBQ chicken dinners to go and dinner's done).

RESTAURANTS - Down at the Balneario (the swim beach) has various meals seafood, sodas, beer, liquor, ect and is open every day from 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Down the HWY south a two more minutes from Buena Vista The Restaurant "ARIES"  is open 24 hours, they sell various meals to go or you can eat there (ok for a quick bite ) and they have a little store that sells odds and ends .

Pedro Santos - 10 minutes

Exiting the gate of Wild Life Lagoon turn RIGHT on to HWY 307 10 minutes down the 307 you will come to Pedro Santos. This is the closest gas station, hardware store, good restaurant, little stores.

Mahahual - 45 minutes

Exiting the gate of Wild Life Lagoon turn RIGHT on to HWY 307. Mahaual is just 45 minutes away, just past Pedro Santos (watch for the Mahahual turn off). Here you can walk along the fabulous white sandy beaches of the turquoise Caribbean, have a spa treatment or a massage, or check out all of the fun shops along the strip where you can barter for souvenirs'. Go jet ski /sailing or snorkelling, you can snorkel right from the shore to the 2nd largest, and most beautiful coral reef in the world. Or you can lounge under a palapa umbrella with the ocean at your feet. Have a  drink and a fabulous dinner. Most commonly seen from the deck of a ported cruise ship. More about Mahaual.

Bacalar - 15 minutes

Exiting the gate of Wild Life Lagoon turn LEFT on to HWY 307, 15 minutes down the 307 you will come to Bacalar. Bacalar is situated in the center of the Costa Maya and is along side the lake that you can not help but notice its vivid colors of turquoise and shades of blue. Upon seeing it you will understand why it is called the lagoon of seven colors.     

Bacalar is a small town with a population of 12,000 people, with a slow paced, relaxed atmosphere. Here you can rent boats or arrange tours or visit the museum that is located inside the Fort San Felipe. Enjoy and experience the local flavours in the restaurants Bacalar has to offer. Visit the market place in the center of town an ideal place to get your fresh fruit, nuts, herbs, fresh fish, seafood, chicken ,meat ,and flowers . Please Note -The town shops shut down between 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a siesta.

Chetumal - 45 minutes

Exiting the gate of Wild Life Lagoon turn LEFT on to HWY 307 45 minutes up the 307 you will come to  Chetumal. Capital of Quintana Roo ,45 minutes away. Here there is malls large grocery stores, large market, Sam's club. This is where you would do a big grocery shop .

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Belize Border

Exiting the gate of Wild Life Lagoon turn LEFT on to HWY 307, in about 45 minutes you will come to Belize Border ( watch for sign before you enter Chetumal).