December 21: the end of the world?

December 21: the end of the world?
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If the Mayan Long Count calendar is to be believed, December 21, 2012 could be a momentous day for humankind.

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The Maya, an ancient civilisation which inhabited modern day Central America in the first millenium, may be best known today for some of their future predictions.

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Strictly speaking, the Mayan calendar only prophesises the end of a third creation era.

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But this has led to speculation, fanned by media sources, filmakers and conspiracy theorists that a doomsday event may be imminent.

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Whatever happens next month, the Mayan influence is still evident in Mexico today. 

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Chichen Itza in the state of Yucatan, for instance, is one of the country's biggest archaeological tourist sites. Each year some 1.2 million people visit this mystical city, located in the southeastern province of Yucutan.

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The Mayans are just one of the ethnic groups who contributed to making Mexico what it is today.

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From the bursting metropolis of Mexico City – with a staggering metropolitan population of over 21 million – to the world renowned beaches of Acapulco on the Pacific coast, the country has a mesmerising array of landscapes and cultures.

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