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8 | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | www.audley.co.uk |ESCAPE ROUTES  RECOMMENDATIONSWhat to read and watch this seasonBOOKS etc Na onal Geographic:125 YearsOut nowNational Geographic opens its archives for this double-disc collection, featuring 440 minutes of fascinating footage. Subjects range from the Vatican to the sunken Titanic, from gorillas to the search for a mysterious Afghan refugee.TrashedOut nowTravelling to destinations around the world - including the Med, China, Indonesia - that have been tainted by pollution, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem in a meticulously researched investigative journey. Discovering what happens to the billion or so tons of waste - dangerous plastics, household rubbish, etc - that goes unaccounted for each year is a sobering watch. The narrative takes you from scepticism to horror to hope. It also raises the need for creative solutions to tackle the task of sharing the fi lm's message as widely as possible with communities around the world. And then getting them to act upon it. DVD20 Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Sco Review by Roz Balen, Africa specialist is autobiographical novel begins with six-year-old Kiwi Robyn's eccen ic parents deciding to up-s cks  om New Zealand and live in a converted cowshed in Botswana. What follows is a wonderful depic on of a child's view of this unique environment and the various mischief that she and her siblings get up to there. fauna of her new home are deligh ul and o en amusing. But Robyn's father is a doctor, and the book also shows the  ightening reali of the beginning of Botswana's AIDS crisis. Her mother home schools the children, spending days reading books aloud, or leaving them to explore the natural world around their house.Robyn recounts tales depic ng an unusual childhood,  om her passion for  nding and iden fying snakes, learning to ride on an unbroken horse to taking a canoeing  ip that gets them worryingly close to crocodiles. While a  aveller's experience of Botswana is likely to be far removed  om the world Robyn grows up in, this is a fascina ng and heart-warming memoir.Globe o er Diaries by Michael ClintonOne of the most di cult things about being well  avelled is knowing when to elaborate on all the amazing experiences you've had, and when to keep quiet about them. When you're as 'airport experienced' as Michael Clinton, president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, there's a  ne line to  ead between inspiring your audience and indulging  e Globe o r Diaries,Clinton's new anthology of tales,  ps and tac cs  om the seven con nents, does indeed walk a very  ne line.  e  avel vigne es, taken  om Clinton's worldwide globe o ng experiences, cover a range of material,  om happiness in Bhutan to volcanoes in Iceland and achieving Zen on long-haul  ights.  ey're entertaining accounts of a  aveller's quandaries, foibles and re ec ons.Clinton's essays are interspersed with  ps  om his equally peripate c colleagues. If you're well  avelled yourself, many of them may seem to state the obvious. However, there are a few gems and, at the very least, this book will get you thinking about the bits of  avel wisdom you would - or should - pass on yourself.Her vivid descrip ons of the characters she meets and her fascina on with the  ora and in self-congratulatory story-topping. > BOOKSIndia in my Eyes by Barbara MackloweIndia, its landscape, architectural splendours, people and customs have long beens subjects of fascina on to  avellers, and ar sts. Macklowe paints a s iking por ait of India in this inspiring collec on of images captured in rarely-visited areas of the coun y. Trained in design, she has a keen eye for colour and form, resul ng in vivid images of  ibal people and breathtaking landscapes. It's an Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore's 'S ay Birds'.a ec onate  ibute to a na on, underlined by the accompanying ex acts  om Nobel >

GUATEMALA & BELIZE UNCOVERED 15 Days from£2,950 per person] Days 1-2Fly via the USA to Guatemala City and transfer to the former capital of Antigua. A day here will allow for some leisurely exploration of this colonial gem. You could also try your hand at chocolate making or sample some of the best coffee in the Americas.Days 3-5Travel overland to Lake Atitlán, perhaps stopping en route to see the locals bartering and selling their wares at a colourful indigenous market. Over the coming days, in addition to absorbing the tranquillity of the lake, a boat trip visiting some of the village communities dotted around the shore adds a fascinating dimension to your time here.Days 6-7A short fl ight to the gateway city of Flores gets you in prime position for exploring the spectacular Maya ruins at Tikal, in addition to a variety of other ancient sites in the El Petén area.Days 8-9Travel by road across the border into Belize and begin exploring the caves, lush forests and waterfalls of the Cayo District.Days 10-13A scenic 15 minute fl ight takes you to Ambergris Caye, 'La Isla Bonita'. You can relax on the beach or try some of the world-class snorkelling and diving on offer, from Shark Ray Alley just a short boat ride away - accessible to even absolute beginners, to the famous Blue Hole dive for the more adventurous.Days 14 -15Light aircraft fl ight to Belize City in plenty of time for your overnight fl ight back to the UK via the United States.UNCOVER THE MYSTERIES OF GUATEMALA & BELIZE Few destinations offer such variety and dramatic contrasts as Guatemala and Belize. Guatemala's jewel in the crown - and indeed one of Central America's most iconic sites - has to be the Maya ruins at Tikal. These magnifi cent temples, soaring above the jungle canopy, have not only inspired scores of intrepid travellers but also director George Lucas, who used the site as a backdrop for Star Wars: Episode IV. Guatemala's other highlights include the former capital of Antigua (its cobbled streets and pastel churches are now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the tranquil beauty of Central America's deepest lake - Lake Atitlán - set against a spectacular volcanic backdrop.Barely an hour's drive across the border, the language switches from Spanish to English and the atmosphere gets distinctly more Caribbean as you enter Belize. The expansive forests of the Cayo District offer activities to suit all tastes from canoeing through caves to birdwatching and river tubing. Another key attraction of Belize is some beach time on Ambergris Caye. If you can be tempted away from sipping ice-cold Belikin beers on your sun lounger, you are only a ten minute boat ride away from the second longest barrier reef in the world, offering world-class diving and snorkelling.Get StartedThis 15 day tailor-made trip to Guatemala and Belize, including time in Antigua, Lake Atitlán, Tikal and ending with relaxation on Ambergris Caye, starts from £2,950pp. For detailed information on the itinerary including maps and accommodation options, please visit: www.audley.co.uk/traveller/spring2013DISCOVER TIKAL'S MAYA TEMPLES & EXPLORE BELIZE'S CORAL-FRINGED CAYESTalk to our Central America specialists on 01993 838 638 or visit www.audley.co.uk