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Guatemala: Doomsday Tourists Damage Ancient Mayan Temple

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | December 26th, 2012 | Trackback

Tourists flocked to the ancient sites of the Maya to celebrate the Dec. 21 “end of the world,” as predicted by the Mayan calendar, bringing a much-needed economic boost to parts of Guatemala and Mexico. However, not all of the extra attention was helpful. When an estimated 7,000 apocalypse party-goers descended on Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site near the Guatemala-Belize border, some ignored the signs and barriers that forbid climbing on the ancient stone temples. Officials reported that irreparable damage was done to Temple II, one of the best-known and most important structures in Tikal.

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