Visit: Guatemala City, Tikal, Cancún, Chichén-Itzá, Mérida, Uxmal, Tulum, Cancún
Activity: Historical Sites, sightseeing, ruins, ancient ruins
Adding a little extra spice to this exciting Yucatan expedition, we first explore Tikal, the breathtaking ancient Guatemalan city built by the Mayan civilization. Constructed as a ceremonial centre, Tikal's temples, pyramids and majestic stone monuments were designed with an aim to inspire awe in visitors and after two millennia, they still do so today.Our education into the ways and practices of the ancient world continues as we visit Chichen Itza in Mexico, a splendid archaeological site that incorporates the legacies and ruins both of the Maya and of the later-arriving Toltecs, and Uxmal, an ancient Mayan city of temple-pyramids, palaces, sacrificial tombs and ballcourts.Deep into the heart of the Yucatan jungle, we travel to Coba through untamed nature, where we find temple ruins overgrown with trees and foliage. Perched atop a pyramid overlooking vast ocean on our visit to Tulum truly is an experience never forgotten.Out Factor: The Latin/Catholic influence has limited the development of a gay community in Mexico, even though gay activity flourishes in a less acknowledged way. While the Yucatan is much more low-key than resorts on the Pacific coast, towns like Merida have long been known for their tolerance. The city has a strong Catholic influence, but its history of trade with Europe is believed to have led to its generally progressive attitude. That said, most locals are not particularly comfortable with in-your-face public displays of affection, gay or straight. Most of the organized gay life in Guatemala takes place around Guatemala Cityour time here is short, but our guides will show us an interesting time.Trip Highlights:Experience the mystique of Tikal, possibly the most magnificent of all Mayan sitesVisit the wonderful archaeological sites of Chichen ItzaAncient temples surrounded by the thick Yucatan jungleTrip Details:Start city: Guatemala City End city: CancunGroup size: Maximum of 18 plus tour leaderStaff and support: Tour Leader, driver(s) and local step-on guides at various locationsAccommodation: HotelsTransport: Private air-conditioned motor coachShould be independent with your luggage, especially at airportsThe region's roads are generally good and the distances covered are not greatNumerous nature walks and walking tours on uneven surfacesThis tour is offered in warm dry season (Dec-May) andcoolest months (Nov-Jan)Most of our Tour Leaders are gay, some of them are notGay or gay-friendly travelers of any gender are welcomeSmoking is not permitted on any group transport or during official sightseeing excursionsAnyone of an average fitness level can participateYou can extend your tour either at the beginning or the endSmall Group Experiences Traveling is often made even more exciting by sharing the experience with others. Small groups range from 6 to 15 people in size, making for a trip filled with camaraderie, adventure and the personal attention of a trained guide.
Product Code: 131175
Guide Language: english
Starts: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Finishes: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 days
Physical rating: Basic
Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)
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Uxmal is a stunning place. Uxmal was one of the sites to which the Maya returned again and again in the course of their civilization. The name means 'thrice built'. The Palace of the Governor at Uxmal is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Maya structures in Central America. Here some 20,000 hand cut stones have been set into acres of geometric friezes. The nunnery is the quadrangle where vestals allegedly spent a licentious final year of worldly pleasure before their sacrifice to appease the rain god Chac. This truly is a step back into the years of the Maya glory (AD 7-10). The Palace of Large Masks with its magnificent stone mosaics and representations of the ubiquitous rain god.
In order to beat the crowds, we depart early today for Tulum, one of the most beautiful Maya sites, perched high on the cliffs above the Caribbean. Tulum means "wall" in Maya. The most impressive site at this area is the large pyramid on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea. A wide staircase leads to a two-chamber temple on the top. Two serpent columns divide the entrance and above the middle entrance is a carved figure of the Diving God. The sight at the top of the pyramid is stunning with a breathtaking view of the ocean and surrounding jungle. You will have free time to explore this site on your own.
Trip Name: Explore Mexicos Yucatan and Tikal
From Price: 2730
Trip Code: 131175
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