In 2012 the Mayan calendar ends. Instead of fantasies about the end of the world, the esoteric scene interprets the date as a leap into a higher consciousness – as a beginning of a better life. A spiritual travel group is looking for traces in Mexico. Anthropologists in contrast discover 2012 as a new cycle of the chronology of this lost Central American high culture. But 2012, so the anthropologists, was never meant to be an apocalyptical date.