2022 January 7 to 16
Prices listed are per person:
Shared Room: $5598
Private Room: $7398
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 lovely beach of Playa del Carmen
Taste authentic regional cuisine featuring the freshest seafood, tamales, and spicy homemade salsas
The Mayan civilization and all of its extraordinary accomplishments have long been studied by scholars. Our gay Mayan Wonders trip features the history of the Mayans, their calendar, and their sophisticated system of mathematics. The fascinating culture and history of the Yucatan peninsula are eclipsed only by its rich coastal beauty. Join us for a colorful glimpse of ancient, colonial, and modern Mexico.
We also offer a Mexico City/Puebla Cultural Tour. Click here for more information.
Day 1: Welcome to the Riviera Maya
We’ll fly into the Cancun International Airport and be met by a shuttle that whisks us south toward the Mayan Riviera, to begin our vacation at 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
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. If you would like a more active day, we will rent a bike for you to explore this historic site. 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, a Cenote Swim, and Valladolid
Today we begin our journey westward 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 swim in a crystal clear pool in an underground cavern among stalactites and stalagmites!
Today’s next adventure is 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. We will marvel at the largest privately owned collection of Mexican Folk Art at the “Casa de Los Venados” or “House of the Deer.”
We’ll end our journey at tonight’s lodging – the classical Sotuta de Peon Hacienda, dating back to the 18th century!
Day 4: Sotuta de Peon Hacienda
This morning we will the grounds of our Hacienda. This plantation grew wealthy from the cultivation of an agave family plant called henequen (once referred to as “green gold”). Henequen fibers were used to make rope for ships, farmers, and industry, and its nectar was used to make a tequila-like liqueur.
Later in the day, we will head to lovely Merida. Mérida has the highest percentage of indigenous persons of any large city in Mexico with about 60% of inhabitants being of Mayan descent. The evening will be free to explore this bustling city and dine independently.
Day 5: Merida City Tour
Today we will take in the sights of this historic capital city. We will have a tasty time on our lunchtime food tour, discovering what makes Yucatan gastronomy unique.
After lunch, we will explore the colorful architecture of the city that reflects Mayan, Spanish, and other European influences. We will see Merida’s version of the Champs Elysees, the “Paseo de Montejo”, and enjoy a traditional ride in a horse-drawn carriage. The evening will be free to explore this bustling city and dine independently.
Day 6: Uxmal!
We’ll rise early today to visit the breathtaking ruins of Uxmal. 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.
More adventure awaits at the impressive Lol Tun Caves, the largest cave complex on the Yucatan Peninsula. Archeologists have discovered human artifacts pre-dating the Mayan civilization, with animal remains going back to the time of mammoths!
Day 7: Izamal – Magic Town
After breakfast, we will head to Izamal, the first city in Mexico to be named a “Magic town”, in 2001. Founded in the mid-16th century, it contains the remains of an ancient Mayan city. Here we will see the beautiful Convent of San Antonio de Padua, founded in 1549. We will also visit the historic Pyramid Kinich Kakmo, which means “The Parrot of Fire, with Face of the Sun”. It is the largest pyramid in terms of surface area on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Day 8: Chichen Itza
This morning we will head toward what is one of the most amazing sites on our tour, Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. 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.
Afterward, we will embark on a 2-hour drive to Playa del Carmen.
Once we are checked into our hotel, we’ll have time to stretch our legs walking along the beach or strolling the area. We will regroup for a lovely dinner together.
Day 9: Playa del Carmen – Free Day
Today is a full day to relax by the pool, enjoy a relaxing massage, or stroll and shop. This evening we will meet up and enjoy a farewell dinner and remember our warm and colorful week together.
Day 10: Departure
Today we will have breakfast and then transfer to Cancun Airport. We will bid adios to beautiful Yucatan, Mexico! Flights should be scheduled after 1 PM on the last day.
Price includes: Transfers from and to Cancun Airport; Accommodations for 9 nights; All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners; Entrance fees and activities shown; All ground transportation; Services of knowledgeable, full-time, bilingual national guide and services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (with a minimum number of participants); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: Airfare to and from Cancun; 2 lunches and 5 dinners; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel host.
Optional Tour Choices:
$1800 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
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- What if I am traveling alone?
- Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
- What is the physical activity level of this tour?
Physical Activity Level
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.
- Where does the tour start and end?
- This tour starts in Tulum and ends in Playa de Carmen, Mexico. The nearest airport is in Cancun, and transfers will be provided to Tulum and back from Playa de Carmen.
Because of the long transfers from our hotel, please plan flights accordingly:
Arrival for the tour: Plan to arrive in Cancun before 3 pm on Day 1
Departure for the tour: Schedule departing flight from Cancun after 1 pm on the last day.
An additional fee for private transfers may apply on dates other than shown above.
- Additional Questions
- For answers to your additional questions, please email email@example.com or call 305-294-8174
“Being able to explore and climb various Maya structures and temple pyramids at the different sites were a real treat for me. I especially enjoyed climbing the temple pyramid at Ek Balaam and the pyramid at Uxmal. Chichen Itza was magnificent.” – Ossie L., Guttenberg, NJ
“I got to know Yucatan through this trip much better than I could on my own. We stayed at and learned about a variety of places including colonial towns and haciendas and of course Mayan sites. Every day had something new and different to offer.” – Joe C., Washington, DC
“Worth every penny, HE Travel provided a comprehensive tour of modern and ancient Mayan culture. Between the HE Travel host and the local Mayan Guide, it is difficult to imagine a better tour of the Yucatan.” – Drew F., Emeryville, CA
“The perfect combination of history, local food, and discovery. The Mayan culture is worth getting to know. We came away from this tour energized and richer for the experience!” – Craig D.,
“Seeing all these Mayan sites, with a skilled local guide with excellent English, has been great. Learned a lot, enjoyed the guys in our group, had fun!” – Bob H., Newark, OH
“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