PHOTO: Lago de Siete Colores in Bacalar, Mexico

PHOTO: Lago de Siete Colores in Bacalar, Mexico

Lago de Siete Colores (Lake of Seven Colors) in Bacalar, Mexico

Click on title to view photo in large format: Lago de Siete Colores (Lake of Seven Colors) in Bacalar, Mexico is the country’s second largest lake. The jewel tone water of this 30-mile long lake shift throughout the day, changing with the angle of the sun and the weather, but in any weather visitors are assured of seeing at least seven different colors, ranging from the palest turquoise to deep indigo. The “lake” is actually misnamed. Because it is connected to the Caribbean Sea via a series of narrow marshy canals, it is actually a lagoon. The water is fresh, however, as the lagoon is fed by springs from underground cenotes. Just few miles further south, visitors find another unique water feature, Cenote Azul, the country’s largest cenote. A series of family-owned inns line the lagoon and the cenote, making Bacalar an ideal location from which to explore the many Mayan ruins in the area.

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