Contrary to popular belief, the ancient Maya never predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012. However, crowds gathered at Maya sites on the day, some to welcome a new era, others to celebrate Maya culture, and many just to see what would happen. I traveled to Chichen Itza to witness the event. I'm not sure what I expected, but the ambiance was much more Summer of Love than Apocalypse. See my photos: Greeting the New Era at Chichen Itza.