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End of the

Maya World

2012 set departure dates:

February 12th to 23rd

July 8th to 19th

November 4th to 15th

December 2nd to 13th

 *Trip confirms with a minimum of 4 pax.  

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Will 2012 usher in a new age of spiritual enlightenment? Or will an apocalypse mark the end of the world as we know it?




On December 21st, 2012 the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar will complete a 5,125 year cycle. A New Age interpretation of this transition posits that during this time Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era.


Others suggest that the 2012 date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios posited for the end of the world include the Earth's collision with a passing planet (often referred to as "Nibiru") or black hole, or the arrival of the next solar maximum.


Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea that a catastrophe will happen in 2012, stating that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the existing classic Maya accounts.  Mainstream Maya scholars state that the idea that the Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 misrepresents Maya history.


The modern Maya, on the whole, have not attached much significance to the date, and the classical sources on the subject are scarce and contradictory, suggesting that there was little if any universal agreement among them about what, if anything, the date might mean.


Regardless of which theory any of us may subscribe to, we can be certain that the onset of 2012 will mark a heightened awareness of the ancient Maya civilization and modern Maya culture. An air of mystery will continue to build around the Maya as is already evident in the ever-increasing amount of attention this calendar event is generating worldwide.  

To celebrate the 2012 Phenomenon we are bringing to life ancient Maya culture with our "2012 End of the Maya World" Set Departure and FIT itineraries! The journeys combine both the ancient and living Maya cultures of Guatemala and Copan (Honduras). Guests will explore the most interesting archeological sites in the region and experience the vibrant Maya communities of today.

Our 12 day Set Departures are fully guided; include private transfers, all meals and tasteful accommodations with all of the necessary creature comforts.


Itinerary Outline


Day 1, Arrival - Antigua
Guests are met & transferred to Antigua. (1hr)

Antigua 2N  (Mesón de María or Similar)

Day 2, Maya Textile Tour & Antigua Architecture & History Tour (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Morning tour with textile expert to learn about the unique handwoven textiles of Guatemala. In the afternoon guests will take a half day walking tour of Antigua. (3-4hr). The tour takes in the main square, Palace, Cathedral, La Merced Church & San Francisco Church. All entrances are included.
All meals included today.

Day 3, AGAIG Fairly Traded Coffee (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
As Green as it Gets (GAIG) is a charity working to support small independent coffee producers and promoting environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala. This tour takes guests to visit some of the families supported by this organisation where they can work side-by-side with small coffee farmers in their daily coffee processing. This tour includes a donation to AGAIG. After the tour guests will be transferred to Lake Atitlan.
Lake Atitlan 2N (Hotel Atitlan or Similar)
All meals included today.
AGAIG Coffee & Jade Tour

Day 4, Lake Tour (San Juan, Santiago) (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
This morning guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna where they can visit the women's textile cooperative to see hand weaving and natural dye process. Also here visit the studios / homes of the celebrated naïf painters. From here guests continue to the village of Santiago where they have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T'zutujil Maya.
All meals included today.
San Juan & Santiago

Day 5, Chichi Market (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Today guests transfer approx. 1hr to the famous market at Chichi. Time for shopping in this fabulous craft market and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church before transferring on to Antigua (3hr).

Antigua 1N (Mesón de María or Similar)
All meals included today.

Day 6, Copan (Honduras) (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer across Guatemala towards the border with Honduras to the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas (5hrs). Afternoon to relax or explore this pretty colonial town with your guide.
Copan 2N (Marina Copan or Similar)
All meals included today.
Copan Town

Day 7, Copan & Bird Park (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Guests will be met at their hotel and transferred to the Maya Site of Copan. Enjoy a private guided tour of Copan Ruins site with its famous hieroglyphic staircase & ball court.
Copan Archaeology Site
Tour also included visit to the famous on site museum. Lunch in Copan and then a visit to the lush, tropical bird park to see rescued birds and learn about the program.
All meals included today.
Copan Bird Park

Day 8, Transfer to Rio Dulce (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Guests transfer today back into and across Guatemala through the central desert region to the lush tropical coastal area at Puerto Barrios (5 hrs). On the way they will visit the beautiful, small UNESCO protected Maya Temple site at Quiriguá.

From Puerto Barrios guests will take a private boat along the coastline to the unique Garífuna town of Livingston for dinner and overnight. This is the only Garífuna, English speaking community in Guatemala.

1N Livingston (Villa Caribe or Similar) - Please note this is definitely more of a mid-range property and is the best in the area).
All meals included today.
Rio Dulce

Day 9, Yaxha Sunset Tour (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
This morning guests cruise the Río Dulce river all the way down to the bridge where they board the transfer up into the northern rainforest and across to Yaxhá National Park (approx 5hr.) Here they explore this atmospheric lakeside site ending with refreshments & wonderful views at sunet over the rainforest canopy from atop the main temples.

Overnight Tikal Area 2N (Camino Real or Similar)
All meals are included today.
Yaxhá Site

Day 10, Tikal (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Today guests will transfer to Tikal National Park (approx 1hr) to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan Temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest.
All meals are included today.
Tikal Site

Day 11, Uaxactun Site & Camping in the Middle of Jungle (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Guests will transfer today to Uaxactun. The site of Uaxactun is famous for the oldest complete Maya astronomical complex found and is one of the longest-occupied Maya sites. It´s also the community where the Chicleros (gum collectors) have lived for over 100 year.

Many of Uaxactún's residents nowadays make their living from gathering forest products such as chicle (exported to Japan), allspice and xate palm leaves (ornamental plant exported to the US and used for floral arrangements).

On the tour today guests will tour the site and the community and will learn more about the chicle process and the different crafts. The community also has a small interesting archaeology museum which will be visited by the guests. After the tour guests transfer back to Flores to the airport for the evening flight to Guatemala City and transfer to their hotel.
Overnight in Guatemala City 1N (Westin Camino Real or Similar)
All meals included today.
Uaxactun Day Trip

Day 12, Transfer Out (B)
Breakfast in the hotel.
This morning our driver will transfer guests to the airport (approx 10mins) in plenty of time to catch their flight.

Book Now Through December 31st for a 15% Discount on the February Set Departure!  Please contact us for pricing details. 

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