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Fuerte de San Felipe

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Address: Bacalar, Mexico

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Incredible history around it. A fort in a lagoon? To have protection against the pirates? In a lagoon? Yes, thanks to the Mayas. They made some water canals to go from one lagoon... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mexico City
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79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like museums this is a must, you only need an hour to visit this place and learn a little about this beautiful and important place. Unfortunately the electronic media is not working, but who cares if you are in this beautiful place. I hope INAH use the tickets money to keep this place in good shape.

Thank Polifee
Chicago, Illinois
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth the few pesos entrance fee. One can learn how the Spanish Conquers found and built the fort. Worth the time to tour.

Thank temple1120
Mexico City
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560 reviews
347 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Incredible history around it. A fort in a lagoon? To have protection against the pirates? In a lagoon? Yes, thanks to the Mayas. They made some water canals to go from one lagoon to another and finally to the sea. Today they call it the "Pirate's Canal" but in fact is the "Maya's Canal". Very interesting.

Thank kartikmexico
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Enjoyed visiting the fuerte in the town itself. Good exhibits with bilingual (Espanol and English) notes, covering a number of centuries.

Thank 370brian_
Ascot, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Lovely little fort and museum. Definitely worth having a look around. The kids enjoyed it too as the signs were in English and Spanish.

Thank Zoé
Edmonton, Canada
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Didn't take long to go through but it was a well preserved historical spot with amazing views of the lake Bacalar. Museum was small but nicely laid out. Cheap entrance fee, worth it if you enjoy learning about the Mayans and history of the area.

Thank ammy222017
Cancun, Mexico
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167 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This fort and tiny on site museum are interesting to visit. It will not take you more than 30 minutes to see and read everything there is to know about the area's historical piracy era. There are some interesting pieces, a very nice mural, a well preserved building and moat (dry), but the best thing about it is, by far,... More 

Thank IndraRojo
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Fuerte is an old building that helped to defend from pirates. It was re-constructed in century XX and is fully functional. You can visit it in less than 1 hour (not that big as others of its kind), and take some good shots using your camera.

Thank cesar_hdz
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I love historic sites, this was a very cool one to see, reading all the facts to learn more about the history of Bacalar was interesting it is definitely take the time to go, it is not crowded and it's cheap to go.

Thank Ana C
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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600 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

This is an historic site at Bacalar, with great big walls as every fort. Built in 1733 by the Spanish Goverment, to defend the region from the pirates. Interesting to visit, as you can appreciate the architechture and greatness of a fort. There is a nice museum of the fort´s history and the Bacalar region since the precolumbian and colonial... More 


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