Our gay tour 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 natural beauty. We’ll explore pristine island beaches, hidden cenotes, and a steamy rainforest. We will be inspired by the ancient scientists and marvel at their insights into navigation and the cycles of the changing seasons.
- Welcome to the Riviera Maya +1 We’ll fly into the Cancun International Airport and be met by a shuttle that transportsus toward the Mayan Riviera, to our adults-only resort. Tonight we will enjoy an intimate welcome dinner together to begin our journey.
- Tulum – Mayan History on the beautiful Caribbean +2 Breakfast is included each day before sightseeing and adventures begin. We will visit Tulum and have our first introduction to Mayan history. One of the last Mayan cities to fall to the conquistadors, Tulum overlooks the Caribbean Sea, and is known for its high walls and strong defensive position atop great cliffs. We will visit the ancient ruins and temples of Tulum then return to our resort for lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon to visit the pool or serene spa before having dinner together.
- Mayan History and Cultural Workshops +3 We begin our journey westward, stopping at a traditional village to take part in workshops on Mayan community life, activities and storytelling. We'll lunch together and continue on to Tihosuco, where we will visit a small museum dedicated the history of the Caste War, one of the most successful Mayan uprisings during Spain’s conquest of the Yucatan peninsula. After, we will drive north to Vallolidad, where we will check in to our hotel. We may take a casual walk to visit Parque Francisco Canton and Cathedral San Gervasio, which is a short walk from our hotel. Dinner will be on our own tonight.
- Valladolid to Dzidzantun +4 After breakfast we’ll journey northward through the rainforest, stopping at Ek Balam, a Mayan archaeological site famed for its detailed stone carvings and ceremonial structures. Continuing northward to the Gulf of Mexico coast we will take a relaxing boat trip in Rio Lagartos. We’ll continue to our Hacienda in Dzidzantun, where we’ll stay for the next two nights. Once checked in, we’ll dine together. Later, we’ll take the telescopes outside for some stargazing.
- Xcambo and day in Hacienda +5 After breakfast enjoy spending time exploring the hacienda gardens and the Mayan ruins of Xcambo (pronounced ish-cam-bo). The hacienda also offers bird watching and eco tours. Spend your free afternoon taking in the historic architecture of Xcambo or enjoy an optional bike tour. The day will conclude with a wonderful dinner with a local Mayan children’s choir and piñata.
- Merida +6 After breakfast our travels will take us from Dzidzantun to the beautiful state capital, Merida. Enjoy spending the afternoon touring the city on your own. The hotel is very close to the Cathedral of Merida as well as several museums. The colorful architecture of the city reflects Mayan, Spanish, French, British, and even Dutch influences. 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. We will finish the day with a dinner while listening to a lively mariachi band.
- Uxmal and cave exploration +7 Breakfast in Merida will be followed by a short trip south to the spectacular ruins of Uxmal. Spend the afternoon touring the majestic “Pyramid of the Magician” and the other surrounding temples. After lunch we’ll visit the mystical local caves and cenotes that have influenced the human history of this region. After a full day in Uxmal, we’ll return to Merida for a little R&R prior to our dinner together.
- Cenote Swim and Boating to Holbox +8 This morning we’ll take a last dip in a local cenote. We may also have time for some last-minute shopping before lunch. After, we will embark on a half-day drive northeastward for the city of Chiquila. From there, we sail across the breathtakingly blue bay to the island of Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh). Once on the island and checked in, we’ll stretch our legs walking along the beach or strolling the tiny island town. We regroup for dinner at a local restaurant.
- Holbox – a free day in a beach town +9 It's a full day to relax on this charming island. Guests may choose to stroll and shop in the village. Others may like to rent a golf cart and explore every corner of this small Gulf Coast gem. We recommend swimming in Yalahau Lagoon. The guide would be happy to help arrange a snorkeling or kayaking adventure, where swimmers are likely to see a variety of tropical fishes, and perhaps even the gentle giant Whale Sharks! We will spend one more evening in our Holbox hotel.
- Departure +10 Today we will say "adios" to beautiful Yucatan, Mexico! We have arranged the ferry and shuttle to take each guest to the Cancun Airport.
- Important Notes
for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom
“Our travels to the Mexican Mayan Riviera have always been spectacular. The beautiful beaches and tropical landscape, along with the history and culture confirmed over and over again why the Yucatan is part of the New 7 Wonders of the World”.Andy and Kai, Key West, FL
|What is the activity level of this tour?||
This trip includes walking on uneven paths among the ruins including going up and down steps and hills. Anyone who can comfortably navigate through historic sites and walk on city streets, dirt paths and sandy beaches will enjoy this gay Mexico trip.
Airport transfers; Accommodations for 9 nights; All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners; Entrance fees; All ground transportation; Services of knowledgeable guides and HE Travel Tour Director (pending minimum participation). All HE Travel tours include complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for residents of the US and Canada (except Quebec).
What’s NOT Included
Airfare to and from starting and ending points; 3 lunches and 2 dinners; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel host.
*Tour the ruins of ancient Mayan civilizations of Tulum, Uxmal, Chichen-itza (one of the New 7 Wonders of the World) and Xcambo
*Dive and swim in the clear water Cenotes of the Yucatan
*Visit the charming cities of Merida, Valladolid and the breathtaking island of Holbox
*Taste authentic regional cuisine
*Snorkel along the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya
*Explore mysterious Mayan caves
Want to Book?
Call Us Now — 866-294-8174
Call Us Now (Intl.) — +1-305-294-8174
Disclaimer: Every travel supplier on gaytravel.com has separate terms and conditions on their websites that will apply to your reservation and purchase of travel- related goods and services that you select. You hereby agree to read and abide by those terms and conditions. We are not responsible to you or anyone else for any loss, damage, liability, cost or expense suffered in connection with the use of gaytravel.com or any content on the site. Our site is provided ‘as is’. We make no warranties or representations about the site or its content and exclude, to the maximum extent permitted by law, any liability which may arise as a result of their use. We will never be liable for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential loss, or loss of profits or revenue arising out of the use of the site. You indemnify us against each claim, action, proceeding, judgment, damage, loss, expense or liability incurred or suffered by, or brought, made or recovered against us in connection with any breach by you of these terms.