Preparations are underway in Mexico and Guatemala to celebrate the start of a new Mayan calendar on December 21 and what better place to celebrate the end of times than in a town known as "The End" in the Mayan language?
Tourists are heading to the remote Mexican town of Xul to usher in a new era. The end of the current Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, has sparked fears that it could spell the end of days.
Many local indigenous Mayans are perplexed by the apocalyptic paranoia, saying it's a misinterpretation of their beliefs. But with Mayan lore grabbing global headlines, some descendants of the Mayans here in Guatemala say the attention is in stark contrast to their daily realities.
In May, a Reuters-Ipsos poll found that nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime, while 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify that it will happen in 2012.