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IVY TRAVEL:
Isla Holbox
June 15 - 18, 2017

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IVY Tropical Adventure, Isla Holbox

June 15 - 18, 2017

Referred to as “The New Tulum” by Vogue Magazine and “Mexico’s Best Kept Secret Island” by the Wall Street Journal, Isla Holbox is a true oasis paradise located off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Still undiscovered by mass tourism, this secluded island hosts white sand beaches, alluring nature, and breathtaking landscapes which served as the perfect background for our unforgettable tropical adventures. IVY members experienced the top highlights of the island together, including a bioluminescence tour, whale shark swimming, a cooking class, floating water meditation, biking art tours, guided tequila tastings, IVY dinners, parties and much, much more. Throughout the trip, we got to meet incredible people, soaked up the laid-back island culture, and experienced amazing adventures together.
 

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Day One, Thursday

  • Welcome to Mexico! Meet the group at the Cancún airport and enjoy some chips, guac and a beer while you wait for everyone to arrive.
  • Keep the party going on the bus to Chiquila where we’ll have snacks and beers for everyone.
  • Board the ferry in Chiquila for a short (but beautiful!) ride over to Holbox Island.
  • Once we get to Holbox, we’ll grab some golf cart taxis to take us to Casa Del Viento, our home for the next four days.
  • After a long travel day, everyone needs a zen moment. We’ll take an hour for a group yoga and meditation session with a local yogi.
  • Meet hotel owner, Fernando, for his famous Mango Margaritas at the hotel. Take your drink with you to join the rest of the island for their daily ritual: watching the sunset.
  • We hope you worked up an appetite! Enjoy a special IVY welcome dinner exclusive for us on the sand at one of Holbox’s best restaurants. Watch the sunset while you dine on fresh seafood and get to know fellow IVY members.
  • Later that evening, we’ll head out into the darkness for a bioluminescence kayaking trip! 

Day Two, Friday

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast spread which includes fresh fruit, juice, yogurt and eggs at the hotel.
  • Isla Holbox is an island filled with local culture and flare. Today we will explore the town’s colorful murals by bike with an expert local guide. We’ll also visit the far end of the island for a cool dip in the secluded waters of Punta Coco.
  • Head into town for a special market visit! Meet your local chef and grab all the goodies you’ll need for lunch and then whip up a feast in a traditional Mexican cooking class.
  • After lunch head to one of the most special spots on the island - a secluded sandbar which stretches out for miles. Enjoy some tunes and drinks with the group before heading to the more “happening” area of the beach where you can play volleyball, take Instagram worthy photos with the iconic “Holbox Hammocks” and soak up the sun.
  • Kick off the early evening with a special Capoeira Lesson - a martial art that combines elements of music, dance, and acrobatics in a fun and dynamic way. The interactive Capoeira “dance” lesson will give your body physical strength, power, and flexibility and your mind self-confidence, concentration, courage and creativity for the evening ahead!
  • What is Mexico without some great tequila? Tonight, enjoy a guided tequila tasting which will include insights into Mexican cuisine and culture, followed by the island’s famous lobster pizza.
  • After dinner we’ll head to one of the island’s best bars to enjoy live music and more drinks.

Day Three, Saturday

  • Wake up bright and early to head to meet the boats that will take us out to sea! Fill up on breakfast before heading out on your journey.
  • Today’s activity is a choice of 2 options:
     

Option 1: Zoom out to the area where whale sharks make their migration. The journey takes about an hour and a half and will be passed with music and margaritas. Once we find our whale sharks, everyone will get to swim along side them in groups of 2 with a licensed guide for an experience you won’t forget. Each person will have the opportunity to go for 3-4 swims each. Afterwards, stop near Cabo Catoche for snorkeling (where IVY TROPICAL ADVENTURE 3 we may see turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, and octopus). Our final stop of the day will be Boca Santa Paula, where our captains will prepare us the freshest ceviche you’ll ever taste. We’ll spend an hour basking in the sun, collecting seashells, or swimming a little more.

Option 2: Head out on a three island tour with an expert fisherman and guide. Pile into fishing boats with local fishermen who will teach us how to catch an array of fresh fish. Once we’ve caught enough, they’ll teach us the way to prepare the fish and make a delicious ceviche for lunch. After lunch, venture out to discover two even tinier islands and the Yalahau Lagoon. Included: 40 species of exotic birds, a freshwater pool with gurgling spring, a pink seashell covered island, and countless photographic moments.

  • Give your tastebuds a treat tonight with one of the most coveted restaurants on the island - Luuma. The group will enjoy what is sure to be one of the best meals of the trip!
  • It’s your last night - time to party! We’ll head out on an island bar crawl, finishing at the most popular beach bar where you can take off your shoes and dance the night away to live music.

Day Four, Sunday

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast spread which includes fresh fruit, juice, yogurt and eggs at the hotel.
  • Reset and gear up for home with a farewell yoga and meditation session in the ocean waves.
  • Explore the town one last time to pick up some last minute goodies to bring home.
  • Say goodbye to Holbox via 5-person prop planes - an adventure in itself!
  • Head back home with memories and new friends! (Flights from Cancun Airport should be after 4pm)
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Inclusions:

The special IVY x Isla Holbox Adventure Getaway Package cost $99 non-refundable deposit + $1,895 final payment and covered all fixed costs, including shared accommodations in our boutique hotel, Casa del Viento; all meals and drinks listed on the itinerary; all in-country transportation for included activities (bus & ferry to the island, return flight from Holbox to Cancun, and on-island golf carts); and admission to all proposed activities (including choice of the fishing trip OR the swimming with whale sharks excursion; the mural bike tour; the bioluminescence night excursion; the traditional cooking class + market visit; tequila tasting; sandbar trip; two meditation/yoga classes; and mandatory trip insurance).

Members are Responsible for:

  • Airfare is an added cost due to the varied home destinations of travelers, although we can help arrange flights for members. The flights will leave in the late evening Wednesday, giving NYC, DC, and Chicago-based members a full day of work on Wednesday. The flights will return on Sunday, allowing members to connect back to home destinations by Sunday evening.

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