Los Rápidos de Bacalar is a waterway that’s the color of a pale, aquamarine gem in some places, and a deep indigo blue in others. It extends 35 miles across a lesser known corner of the Yucatán Peninsula in Quintana Roo, Mexico, just north of the border with Belize.
Dotted with small islets, the waterway connects the southern and northern parts of the Bacalar Lagoon, a body of water full of rare microorganisms that harken to the beginning of life on Earth. Also known as the Lagoon of Seven Colors, the Bacalar Lagoon mesmerizes with its variety of hues. It’s also home to living colonies of stromatolites, which thrive in the lagoon’s uniquely alkaline environment and are responsible for its magical array of blues.