It is claimed by some that the last day of the Mayan calendar is on Friday, 21 December 2012 – the point when the solar system completes its 26,000 year cycle. They say that only a few people will survive the catastrophe that ensues. However not everyone agrees with the fertile minds of a few conspiracy theorists, doomsayers and people looking to make a quick buck. Many see it simply as a good reason to celebrate the rich heritage and incredible cities that the Mayan people built from 250-900 A.D. in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
Where to see the Mayan World at its finest
Tikal is the most impressive city of the ancient Mayan world and an absolute must. It doesn’t get much better than this – an enormous site, encroached by tropical forest with steep pyramid temples that pierce the jungle canopy.
Best moment: Sunset from the top of temple 4 is spectacular.
Your holiday: We can put together a variety of itineraries which take in Tikal, some Mayan village culture (markets) and also enable you to experience the turquoise waters and amazing reefs off the Belizean Cayes.
Chichen Itza, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
Chichen Itza was recently voted as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. The giant stepped pyramid of Kukulkan dominates the ancient city and from its heights you can contemplate structures such as the Warrior’s Temple and the moon observatory Caracol.
Best moment: The Giant Ball Court, complete with grandstand and stone hoops, where prisoners played for their lives.
Your holiday: You’ll want to dedicate at least one full day for exploring Chichen Itza and because its located inland from Cancun and the Caribbean coast, you can get to a beachside hotel for some relaxation easily. We can recommend a host of options.