Hot air balloon explorer hopes to uncover Mayan mystery

In an attempt to unravel the mystery of the Mayan prediction that the world will end on 21st December 2012, intrepid National Geographic Traveler magazine explorer Andrew Evans is about to embark on a voyage around Mexico. As with previous expeditions, his latest journey will be documented on the Digital Nomad blog with constant updates on Twitter.

A seasoned world traveller, his previous adventures have included a trip around Australia in 2009 when he drove along the Great Ocean Road, went diving off the Great Barrier Reef and took a hot air balloon flight over Melbourne.

Last year Evans explored Canada, Japan and the southern states of the USA, while in 2010 he undertook a 10,000 mile trip from Washington DC to Antarctica, spanning 14 countries and travelling as often as possible by public transport. The video and photographs of a rare completely black penguin which he discovered during this journey became a worldwide sensation.

Intrigued from a young age by the Mayan culture which he learnt about from National Geographic, Evans intends planning his trip by using articles from previous issues of the magazine. He will attempt to bring together all the reports in one trip by exploring several Mayan sites to piece together the rich heritage and culture which has culminated in such a dire prediction.

Destinations on the itinerary include Tulum, Chichen Itza and Izapa, reputed to be one of the most ancient sites in Mexico which he hopes may hold the key to the legend.

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