Dismissing predictions of a 2012 apocalypse, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, located in Belize’s “Heartland of the Maya” reports that it is already receiving bookings for its popular all-inclusive Belize vacation packages for 2013.
“It’s pretty ironic that while some people on the other side of the planet are promoting doomsday scenarios based on the so-called Maya prophesies surrounding 2012, those of us living in the Maya heartland are preparing for 2013, just as the ancient Maya no doubt would be,” marketing administrator Larry Waight said today.
“Members of our large Maya staff and the local Maya farmers are all preparing for 2013 as if it’s just another year. Doomsday is definitely a foreign concept,” Mr Waight said.
“Certainly the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice celebrations will be huge, and most Maya people regard December 21 2012 as a very significant date, but you don’t get any feeling that the end of the world is approaching around here. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as we all get ready to celebrate,” he said.
Mr Waight was speaking in response to fears fuelled by Hollywood films such as 2012 and various internet sites that the completion of the 13th Bak’tun on the Maya Long Count calendar, which takes place on the Winter Solstice this year, signals the end of the world.
While the apocalypse theories have been almost universally debunked by Maya scholars, archaeologists, researchers and the Maya themselves, a small number of groups and individuals continue to speculate that ancient Maya astronomers did predict that the world would end on December 21, 2012.
“It’s pretty laughable when you think about it. Here at Chaa Creek we take great pains to present the ancient Maya civilisation for the rich, highly advanced and elegant culture that it was – and still is today, but some people won’t let facts get in the way of a good story. So along with our Maya neighbours we just chuckle and get on with it,” Mr Waight said.
Chaa Creek is already taking 2013 bookings for accommodation and their affordable all-inclusive Belize vacation packages, which offer guests a variety of unique experiences and activities for one set price. Couples continue to plan destination weddings and book Chaa Creek’s popular Belize honeymoon vacations well into next year, and there are still “a few” vacancies left for the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice Celebration packages Mr Waight said.
“We’ve just released the last round of the 2012 Winter Solstice packages, which are close to being sold out, and are now developing some exciting new plans for 2013. January is one of the best times of the year to visit Belize, as it’s a bit quieter after the long holiday season and the weather is so good, so we’re looking forward to that.
“I suppose if the world does end we’ll need to rethink our plans, and rest assured we’ll refund any deposits due to an apocalypse, but to be honest, I’m not worried. We’re looking forward to a busy 2013 after, of course, resting up from the big 2012 and Christmas celebrations,” Mr Waight said.