Mayan Wonders of Yucatan: DDecember & January

HE Travel: Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure! Pack your bags, grab your friends, and join HE Travel to experience Mayan Wonders of Yucatan.

The Mayan civilization and all of its extraordinary accomplishments have been referenced by hundreds of scholars. Our gay trip features the history of the Mayans, their calendar, and their sophisticated system of mathematics. The fascinating culture and history of the Yucatan peninsula is eclipsed only by its rich coastal beauty. A colorful glimpse of ancient, colonial, and modern Mexico.

Highlights:

  • Tour the ruins of ancient Mayan civilizations of Tulum and Cobá, Ek Balam, Uxmal, and Chichén Itzá (one of the New 7 Wonders of the World)
  • Meet descendants of the Maya, who are trying to preserve an ancient way of life in a developing country
  • Swim in the clear waters of several Cenotes of the Yucatan
  • Visit the churches and cathedrals of colonial cities Merida and Valladolid
  • Lounge on the beach on the secluded island of Holbox
  • Snorkel near three islands off Holbox for birdwatching and pirate lore

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to the Riviera Maya

maya riviera on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

We’ll fly into the Cancun International Airport and be met by a shuttle that whisks us south toward the Mayan Riviera, to our lovely resort on the coast. For those arriving early in the day, there will be time to lounge under an umbrella on the sandy beach or take a dip in the pool. Tonight we will enjoy an intimate welcome dinner together to kick off our journey.

Day 2: Tulum and Cobá – Mayan History on the Beautiful Caribbean

tulum ruins on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

Each day of sightseeing and adventure begins after our included breakfast. Today we will visit Tulum and have our first introduction to the fascinating history of the Mayans. One of the last Mayan cities to fall to the conquistadors, Tulum overlooks the Caribbean Sea, and is noted for its high walls and strong defensive position atop great cliffs. We’ll head inland to another famous Mayan site, Cobá, which may have housed 50,000 residents at its peak.  This afternoon we suggest a disco nap, as tonight we are off on a journey of seduction and desire as we catch Tulum’s newest and raciest attraction, the Rauxa Cabaret!

Day 3: Mexican Folk Art, the Steps of Ek Balam, and a Cenote Swim

visiting vallolidad on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

Today we begin our journey westward, including a city tour of Valladolid, one of Mexico’s “pueblos magicos” or “magic cities,” designated by the country because of its natural beauty, cultural riches and historical significance.

plasterwork at ek balam on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

We will marvel at the largest privately owned collection of Mexican Folk Art at the “Casa de los Venados” or “House of the Deer,” then continue on to Ek Balam, a Mayan archaeological site famed for its detailed stone carvings, intact stucco figures, and steep steps. We will have plenty of time to climb and explore several of the temples and other structures before we continue to Cenote Hubiku. There, we’ll wwim in a crystal clear pool in an underground cavern among stalactites and stalagmites! We’ll end our journey in the state capital, Merida, where we’ll find plenty of restaurant choices for our independent evening meal.

Days 4 and 5: Merida

cafe in merida on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

Mérida has the highest percentage of indigenous persons of any large city in Mexico with approximately 60% of all inhabitants being of the Maya ethnicity. The colorful architecture of the city reflects Mayan, Spanish, and other European influences, and we will learn about it on our afternoon city tour, visiting Merida’s version of the Champs Elysees, the “Paseo de Montejo” including a traditional ride in a horse-drawn carriage. The evening will be free to explore this bustling city and dine independently.

inside the merida cathedral on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

The last day of 2018 will be free to take in the sights in this lovely capital city. Or, you may enjoy a day trip to the Celestun Biosphere Reserve on the northwest coast of Yucatan. Here, we usually see flocks of flamingos grazing in the rich and shallow waters. We’re happy to arrange an excursion including lunch. Tell us now if you’d like to visit the flamingos! Tonight we gather to say goodbye to 2018, and we’ll celebrate in style with a delicious traditional New Year’s dinner together.

Day 6: Feliz Año Nuevo!

pointed arch at uxmal on the Gay Mexico trip with HE Travel

We’ll rise early today to visit the breathtaking ruins of Uxmal by day. This large archeological site has a legendary tall temple, the “Pyramid of the Magician”, a huge courtyard, and more. The structures are adorned with intricate geometric stone carvings and many sit atop opposite hills as well as nestled in the valley in between. Today we will also visit the Chocolate Museum, showcasing the history, cultivation, and production of cacao (with samples, of course!)

Temple of the Magician at Uxmal on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

More adventure awaits at the impressive Lol Tun Caves with our private guide. From the top to a pyramid to deep underground, we will see it all on the first day of the New Year!

Day 7: 19th Century History

sisal henequen fields

After breakfast we are on the move, off to Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, for a tour of the airy Spanish home and working museum. The factory tour showcases the modernization of sisal production and the conditions of slavery that supported the industry during the last century.

soaking in a cenote on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel
Later we’ll take a wagon ride to the private cenote and descend into the cavern to swim in the clear blue water. Our colorful cottages await tonight, and dinner will be delicious.

Day 8: Chichen Itza

my group at chichen itza on the Gay Mexico trip with HE Travel

Today pass through the towns of Tecoh and Euan as we head toward what is sure to be one of the most amazing sites we will visit on our tour, Chichen Itza. This site is a vast complex of temples and other intricate structures including an observatory. Local vendors line the shady walkways between temples and sell colorful hand-painted pottery, instruments, and textiles.

handmade items for sale at chichen itza on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

Afterward, we will embark on a few hours drive northeastward for the city of Chiquila. From there, we glide across the breathtakingly blue bay to the island of Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh).

Once on the island and checked into our beach cottages, we’ll have time to stretch our legs walking along the beach or strolling the tiny island town. We regroup for a lovely dinner together.

Day 9: Holbox – A Charming Beach Town

sunrise on holbox island on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

Today is a full day to relax on this charming island. Some will read by the pool, enjoy a relaxing massage, or stroll and shop in the village. Others may like to rent a golf cart and explore, or take a horseback ride along the beach. We have included a snorkeling tour today for any guest who wishes to participate. Please let us know in advance! We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and remember our warm and colorful week together.

Day 10: Departure

holbox island bungalow on a gay vacation in Mexico with HE Travel

Today we have arranged the ferry and shuttle that will take us to the Cancun Airport. We’ll bid adios to beautiful Yucatan, Mexico!

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PRICE
From $5298
Price includes:  Airport transfers; Accommodations for 9 nights; All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners; Entrance fees and activities shown; All ground transportation; Services of knowledgeable, full-time, bilingual national guide and HE Travel Tour Director (pending minimum participation). HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
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DATE

 2018  December 27 to January 5, 2019

 

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