An 'end-of-the-world' mountain bike adventure with the Maya

Antigua, Guatemala -- Will the world end on Dec. 21, 2012? That's the question on a lot of minds these days. It's a question put there by the peculiar phenomenon known as the Long Count Calendar, a calendar used by the ancient Mayan civilization, set to expire on winter solstice of this year.

Some have interpreted this to suggest end times are at hand, but a Toronto, Canada-based adventure operator is approaching the 'end of the world' with gleeful anticipation. Sacred Rides, one of the world's top mountain bike tour operators since 1996, is offering doomsdayers an opportunity to go out with a bang in the heart of Maya country. They are running a special 'end-of-the-world' departure of their popular Ruta de Maya mountain bike trip in Guatemala, starting on Dec. 17, 2012.

The trip, geared toward experienced mountain bikers, takes in the spectacular scenery and mountain biking of Guatemala, culminating in a stay at the sublime cliffside Casa Del Mundo on the shores of Lake Atitlan and a Mayan ceremony with locals on Dec. 21. As a special bonus, you'll get 2 more days of epic riding if you make it to the morning of Dec. 22.

The trip costs $1795 CAD and features 7 days of magnificent mountain biking, 7 nights accommodation, delicious meals, 2 local guides, transportation, cultural activities - and a special end-of-the-world survival kit (hint: it contains tequila).

For more information, visit or call 1-888-423-7849 / +1-647-999-7955.

About Sacred Rides
Ranked "#1 mountain bike tour operator on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure magazine, Sacred Rides offers small-group singletrack mountain bike adventures and skills camps in 10 destinations worldwide, with a focus on responsible tourism that makes direct, meaningful contributions to local communities.