Mexico is getting ready to mark the passing of a milestone date in the Mayan calendar with huge celebrations across the south of the country.
Visitors enjoying trekking holidays in Central America when the big day arrives on 21 December will get to experience history in the making, as an era of more than 5,000 years comes to an end, according to the Mayan "Long Count" calendar.
Five countries in Central America are observing the date and they expect an influx of millions of holidaymakers arriving to sample the fireworks, concerts, parties and other memorable events taking place at key archaeological sites.
Gonzalo Alvarez, a 39-year-old architect from Florida, said on his arrival at Cancun for a two-week visit to Mexico: "We came to party and to get ready for the beginning of a new era."
Events are also being held in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to celebrate the occasion, with the Guatemalan and Honduran heads of state set to get involved in the festivities.
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