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Fun Activities from Bacalar Hotels

Some possible activities that you might enjoy when visiting and staying at a Hoteles en Bacalar and the Costa Maya area:

  • Visit the wonderful Mayan Museum in Chetumal. It is a great first stop before visiting the nearby ruins. It is a world class museum and well worth the visit. You will learn about the history of the Maya, their interaction with nature, how they lived, their homes, what they ate, what they thought about life and death, their trade, and more. The Museum of Mayan Culture is located at Avenida de los Heroes between Colon and Avenida Gandhi. Currently they are open Tues-Thurs 9am-7pm; Fri-Sun 9am-8pm , Closed Mondays. Of course these times and days can change.
  • Visit any/all of the Mayan ruins that are nearby. We are lucky to have so many near us easily reached and toured in a day. Close to Bacalar you will find Chacchoben, Oxtankah, Dzibanché, Kinichná and Kohunlich which is a lovely park-like ruin known for its special palms and unusual masks. A little further west you will find the ruins of the Rio Bec area.
  • Visit the Costa Maya beach areas of Mahahual or Xcalak – an hour and half drive from Laguna Bacalar. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, boating, fishing, shopping and much more. The Bahia Blanca cooperative of Xcalak will be happy to help you arrange the water experience of your choice.
  • Drive north an hour and a half to the village of Muyil and take a magical boat ride guided by Sian Ka’an Community Tours
  • Take a boat ride on the lake – either motor or sail.
  • Rent a kayaks to explore the laguna or take a sail or boat ride on the lake.
  • Go birding, add to your life list, observe the many birds that we have here. Visit the birding section of Villas Ecotucan for more information on birding.
  • Rest, relax and enjoy.

To learn more about the local activities visit the Activities page on the Bacalarmosaico or the Chetumalmosaico.

 

TIPS

Some things you might want to bring — depending on what you plan to do — while visiting Laguna Bacalar and the Costa Maya area:

  • In Bacalar your ATM card is the easiest way to get pesos and usually offers the best exchange rate.
  • Sun screen and sun glasses. You will especially need sun screen if you visit the Costa Maya and when you go to the ruins. It is important that you use biodegradable sunscreen if swimming near the reefs (it is a must in the National Park of Xcalak) and a good idea all the time when going into the water.
  • A hat
  • Walking shoes for the ruins or casual walks
  • Sandals or open shoes for heat and water
  • Bug stuff of your choice.  If the winds dies down the mosquitoes can sometimes get bothersome. In Bacalar you will find them typically only at dusk and dawn. They are not bad at all during the rest of the day and evening; in fact, often there are none around. There are usually more in Mahahaul and Xcalak because of the mangroves.
  • Warm or rain clothing for cool or wet weather
  • A long-sleeve shirt/blouse and long pants; sometimes it can be cloudy and windy and, if there are showers, it can be cool (mid-fifties) – not often though especially in summer.
  • Swim suit
  • Snorkel gear
  • Binoculars for bird or wild life watching
  • A few books to read. Some of the Hotels in Bacalar will have books to exchange but there is no book store of library here.
  • Favorite game, puzzles, etc

Other Information:

  • You will need a passport
  • You can rarely use a credit card in Bacalar. There are stores, hotels and restaurants in Chetumal and at the Plaza de las Americas Mall where you can.
  • There are 3 ATMs in Bacalar; each has a daily withdrawal limit of 5000 pesos a day per card; your ATM daily limit may be less.
  • There are a variety of banks in Chetumal, where you can cash traveler’s checks or get credit card cash advances, if your credit/debit card is not supported by the ATM. There is often a long line so be prepared to wait.
  • Debit cards, not ATM cards, may be blocked in Mexico; ATM cards may need to be “authorized” for foreign use. In either case, you might want to check with your bank before departure.
  • May through October is considered the rainy season so expect some showers. These are often dramatic but quickly over. On the other hand, it may not rain at all while you are here. Or, it may rain some in November and December.

Picking up the right airline service

There are plenty of airline services offered by various companies these days. It becomes really difficult to choose the right company. Your travel can become fun and comforting, if you make the right choice for the airline service provider.

There are revolutions in airline industry made often and even the new companies are entering the game. There are various marketing techniques used by these companies to attract the customers. They give loyalty points and discounts for encouraging the new customers and maintaining the old ones. Your travel needs can be fulfilled in the best way by enhancing your experience for the right carrier.

airline services

The main interaction with airline services is while booking the tickets to your destination. You can look for the best booking service. International airline services should be chosen carefully while purchasing the tickets. You should choose the most comfortable services with high reputation in the industry. Many airlines have proved out to be really good for the best experience.

You have to get into the plane on the boarding day and there are plenty of services offered to the customers. These services are majorly based on the class they travel in. Business class travelers are offered the supreme services with recliner seats and several means of entertainment. There are different choices for meals and you will have to spend more for the travel. Economy class is also comfortable, but your space is limited and you will get different sources to pass time.

Some airline services give promotional offers to their clients by transferring their ticket from economy to business class without paying out anything. You will also get luggage weight increase. If you have any fragile items in your bag, don’t forget to mention it while you are giving your luggage to the airline staff. Your experience can become hassle free only if you choose the right company for your travel.

Complaining for Airline Services

Stress free traveling becomes fun when you are going for a holiday or business purpose. There is need for everyone to organize their travel in an effective way to reach to any destination without wasting your time.

Air travel is widely chosen as a comfortable travel mode and it might not be real fun for some people. There are many people who face several problems due to poor customer service, delayed travel, and canceled flights, lost luggage and other issues due to which they have to face stressful situations. There are ways to complain against such issues caused and you can take actions on these kinds of situations on the airline companies.

Complaining for Airline Services

The highest rights for airplane passengers are in the United Kingdom. The laws are strict all over the Europe for dealing with these complaints well. There is a specialized Air Transport Users Council meant for handling all kind of customer complaints. There are many protection terms raised for the companies to give rights to customers and ensure that air carriers are not becoming casual in their approach for carrying people to various parts of the country or the world.

If you are facing any such problem in your travel, it would be great to speak to some authority person on the spot. There are customer service desks available in airline sections and they deal with the complaints, suggestions and queries of customers. They usually sort out the problem soon, but make sure that your complaints are valid and genuine. It is always good to keep cool mind to travel well and losing temper won’t benefit you in any way.

Try to find out the actual cause of trouble and mention well about it. If there is a particular staff disturbing you, file a written complaint against them. You can even send an email to the head departments enlisting your problem. The airlines all over the world would never want to spoil their reputation and resolve your issues in the best way to avoid any hassles.

Best Airlines for Pet Transportation

There are a number of airlines, which allow pets in cabin or cargo for transporting from one destination to another. There are some restrictions evolved in this process and it is indeed not easy to transport pets domestically or internationally between two destinations.

Best Airlines for Pet Transportation

Some of the best airlines for pet transport are:

  • Northwest airlines: This airline service has service to accept the pets in the cabin on all the US flights, expect to Hawaii. Pets are allowed in baggage checking and even in cargo compartments. The airlines must be informed beforehand about the pets. The staff members make sure that pets are transported safely and comfortably. You can carry-on pets, cargo ship or include them in checked luggage. Northwest Airlines are best for pet transport.
  • Delta airlines: This airline can accept pets in baggage, cabin or cargo section. There are restrictions for a certain pets and allowance is for dogs, hamsters, birds, cats, ferrets and guinea pigs. Delta airlines assure safe and efficient travel for the pets. There should be a kennel fitting in front seat or the passenger seat to keep the pet in one position. They don’t accept the pets lesser than 8 months of age.
  • United airlines: The United Airlines allow pets in cabin, cargo and baggage. They don’t allow a few dog breeds in summers for avoiding health issues for animals. This airline is the best for transporting the pets in a well-protected way.
  • American airlines: These airlines have acceptance of pets in the cabin and baggage. It is always better to inform beforehand about taking the pet(s) with you in the flights. The pets having huge body structures are avoided in these flights. The dogs and cats are mainly transported with these airlines.

It is always better to inform the authorities and staff well beforehand to avoid any hassles for carrying the pets along to the destination point.

Find Cheap and Best Airlines

It is a difficult thing to find the best airlines offering tickets at cheapest pricing. There are many airlines offering cheap fares and it might become difficult for the customers to choose the most appropriate ways of traveling from one destination to the other. Even if you are looking for cheap fares, it is better to look at the best airlines for inexpensive flights. Make sure that you’ve seen the hidden costs and choose the airlines offering the best services for customers.

 

Find Cheap and Best Airlines

Conventionally, air travel was considered to be the most adventurous and customer satisfying experience. A lot of attentiveness was being paid to comfort and requirements of customers. The concepts have changed today and there are many domestic airlines providing only the required services to their clients. Comfort, additive services and attitude towards customers have become secondary and it is just because of the decrease in price of various products. You pay for what you get from them. The airlines show indirectly that they are doing favor to the passengers by taking less fare from them and the customers are not expected to anticipate anything from the staff.

Safety, customer service and food should be considered as vitality by the customer to make choice for the inexpensive flight service. In the US, Northwest Airlines and US Airways have topped the numbers in providing inexpensive tickets to travel for their customers and they provide courteous services to their clients, irrespective of the cheap prices of tickets being paid by them. Another name in this category is American Airlines and they provide supreme services to the customers along with affordable pricing.

If you are saving your money on air fare, make sure that you are not choosing the non-reputed and low starred website. It can ruin your time and mood, which is never preferable for a traveler. Make sure that you don’t choose cheap services in the name of cheap fares.