Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 10 - Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar y Tulum

After we left Chetumal, Josh and I began our drive north along the eastern side of the Yucatan peninsula. In the town of Bacalar, and on the aptly name Laguna Bacalar, we stopped at the Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar.

The fort was built in the mid-18th century by the Spanish for protection against English pirates and Mayan raiders. This star-shaped fort comes complete with moat, cannons, drawbridge, and a small, wonderful museum.

We had the entire fort to ourselves and in the background above my left shoulder, the Laguna Bacalar is visible. Considered the second largest lake in Mexico, the western side is filled by freshwater springs while the eastern side is open to the Caribbean Sea by a system of man-made canals.

Among the museum's most interesting relics, this 16th century nocturnal, (or night dial), was designed to tell time at night based on the movements of the constellations Ursa Major or Ursa Minor.

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