Mayan Prophecy 21.12.2012 | Research towards France and Turkey

The singular figure emerged from a survey conducted by Skyscanner, a flight search engine indicates that there was a 41% increase in searches for flights to the south of France and 30% to Turkey with departures before the fateful 21st of December. The research considered flights between the 14th and 20th of December compared with those of the 7th to 13th of December.

Misty Bugarach

Misty Bugarach

Bugarach Peak

Bugarach Peak

But why such an increase? Fleeing from the end of the world to the only two places in a position able to ensure the safety? Popular belief or not we are talking about Bugarach, France and Sirince, Turkey, two sacred villages where it should supposedly be possible to survive the night of December 21. These two rural villages: to reach the French one you must fly to Toulouse or Perpignan. The Italians are not superstitious and consist of a very low share of the variation but the same can not be said for the British, the protagonists of the statistic by 42% over the average.

Bugarach street

Bugarach street

Bugarach, France

Bugarach, France

It is much easier to reach Bugarach: Toulouse is still accessible at low cost prices. From there you have to complete the 140 kilometers between the capital of Haute and Garonne together with two hundred souls who populate the village which, according to legend, is guarded by the Holy Grail. Obviously not all believe in the end of the world: Indeed December 22 will probably be the busiest time of the year with the largest volume of searches on Skyscanner in the face of the Maya.

Sirince, Turkey

Sirince, Turkey

Sirince

Sirince

Sirince photos: Ahmet Tuna Yesilayala, Beysim ISIK. Bugarach photos: Frederic Leglise, Nicolas CROS.

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