Day 14-15: Laguna Bacalar

After our day in Tulum, Elliott and I headed to Bacalar, which is known for its large sulfuric lake that’s nicknamed the “Lake of Seven Colors.”

We walked from the bus station to our Airbnb, situated right on Laguna Bacalar, and then settled in and chatted with our host, Luis, and the other guest, Alex, from France. We decided to take a quick dip in the lake before we ventured off into Bacalar to grab dinner. When we got back to the Airbnb, we laid in the hammocks on the porch overlooking the lake and called it an early night.

Elliott and I woke up early the next morning so we could take advantage of our only full day in Bacalar. We made it to one of the nearby access points to the lake around 10 a.m. and swam there for about an hour. Then we walked into town to find some snorkel goggles and began our trek to Cenote Azul, which is one of four cenotes in Bacalar, but it’s the only one that’s outside of the lake.

Along the way, I heard meowing, so Elliott and I stopped to investigate where it was coming from. We expected to find a cat stuck in a tree, but instead we found two kittens that couldn’t have been more than four weeks old.
We initially didn’t know what to do with them because they were alone and only one of them was friendly, but then it started downpouring and they both came out of the brush and started meowing at us, like they were asking for help. So we scooped up the kitties and tried to seek shelter under a tree. We wrapped the kitties up in our towels to try to keep them warm because they were soaking wet and shivering. We tried our best to protect them during the storm as the relentless rain continued falling for what seemed like at least an hour.

After the train stopped, we weren’t exactly sure what to do with the kitties, but neither of us had the heart to just leave them where we found them. So we brought them back to the Airbnb because we figured Luis might know someone in town who would want them.

Luckily, he was really cool about us bringing cats back and told us he would try to find them a home, and if he couldn’t he would keep them at the Airbnb.

The kitties immediately made themselves at home in our room, especially after we gave them some milk and beans, and then later some actual cat food. They really warmed up to us as soon as they realized they were in a safe place. We enjoyed playing and snuggling with them for the night!

It would’ve been impossible to take the kitties with us, so we sadly had to leave them behind. But we kept in touch with Luis since we left and he said he plans on keeping the kitties even though the owner of the Airbnb wasn’t too thrilled.

The striped one has been named Balam, which means jaguar in Mayan, and the black one has been named Sombra, which means shadow on Mayan.

We’re glad the kitties will be able to stay together and we know Luis will take great care of them!

– Brie

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