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Fort of San Felipe
Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Overlooking Laguna Bacalar
On the east side of the Zocalo
The Fort of San Felipe is over 270 years old and provides visitors a rich view into the history of Bacalar and the surrounding region, from early pre-hispanic times through the Caste Wars. Located on the eastern edge of Bacalar's town square, this beautiful stone Fort is surrounded by a deep "moat" and includes not only canons and ramparts, but a wonderful museum with historic artifacts, murals depicting Bacalar's history, and interactive computer exhibits on the Caste Wars and pirates and their lives. Don't miss this historical Costa Maya museum
A wall surrounds the fort and, from the ramparts, you can look across Laguna Bacalar toward the "pirate's channel" which enabled boats to enter the lake from the Caribbean and the Bay of Chetumal. Museum exhibits include quite a few very well preserved items from Bacalar's past such as muskets, sabers, canon balls, canons, ancient navigational instruments, models of boats from the 17th century, and a pirate's skeleton, discovered during excavations at the Fort.
The Fort is open six days a week from 9:00 am de 7:00 pm, closed Mondays. Admission for foreigners is $59.8 pesos. For Mexican citizens, adults pay $25.12 pesos, children, students and teachers $12.56 pesos, and on Sunday, Residents of Quintana Roo have free admission.
The Museum's director, Joseas Montalvo Yama, is a well-informed source of information about the Fort's history and is also an accomplished artist. A Temporary Exhibits Hall is open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. He offers a variety of art classes at the Fort as well as workshops for children and young adults; call him to learn what courses are being offered now and when the classes are held. Cell: 983 125-1231.