After finding it was illegal to take the rental car South to Belize and before heading back North to Valladolid, we visited El Fuerte in Bacalar. The old fort was set up to protect wood. Yes, a tree whose bark was useful in dyes was so costly it needed a fort to protect it from being stolen. In the old fuerte now is a museum. In it a fantastic mural depicting the violence between the Spanish and Mayans while the land was being conquered. Also artifacts, human remains, and even ancient interactive computers! We were able to learn about the Pirates of the Carribean and how the west, er, south? was won/lost.