What do you want to be doing when the world ends in December? If your answer is exploring Mayan temples ruins, gazing upon volcanoes and waterfalls, and basking in Central America
's warm autumn sun all from the seat of your mountain bike, then Tour d'Afrique has a pretty epic tour for you to consider.
Tour d'Afrique's Doomsday Ride
is a 2,300-kilometer (1,429-mile) transcontinental bike expedition along the "Ruta Maya" timed to coincide with the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar. The trek begins in San Jose, Costa Rica
, on November 17, 2012, and follows a winding, but well-scouted, route through Costa Rica, Nicaragua
. It concludes at the Lamani Mayan Temple outside of Belize City, Belize, on December 21, 2012 – the supposed date of the apocalypse.
Along the way, participants will get to check out Mayan ruins at Tikal and Copan; the great colonial architecture in the city of Granada, Nicaragua's erstwhile capital; and villages, markets, rainforests, volcanoes, crater lakes and many other slices of life and nature off of the tourist track. If you can't take off for the full five weeks of the expedition, Tour d'Afrique offers three shorter sections that average between 10 days and two weeks.
To learn more about the tour, the route, rates and schedules, check out Tour d'Afrique's La Ruta Maya – the Doomsday Ride Blog