Exploring Mesoamerica’s Mundo Maya includes the Maya archaeological sites and people in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula , Campeche , and Chiapas ; all of Guatemala  and Belize ; Honduras’s Copán , and a few places in El Salvador.
In 2012, with the world’s attention pointed their way, these countries are safer, more established, and more accessible destinations than ever before. Each will celebrate the end of the Long Count in their own way.
To travel through the Mundo Maya, combine trips to archaeological sites with visits to living Maya villages. Travel independently, sign up for a tour with a Maya calendar or “Sacred Maya Journey” theme, visit an active archaeological dig, spend the night with a modern Maya family, travel by helicopter to an ancient city, or race in La Ruta Maya River Challenge.
Whatever you choose to do in 2012, book it now. At press time, rooms were already filling up for the week of the winter solstice in 2012.