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
10 | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | www.audley.co.uk/indonesiaESCAPE ROUTESBorobudur, IndonesiaOlder than Angkor Wat - and bigger too, Indonesia specialist Jacqui Brooks introduces Borobudur?> TRAVEL ICON e 9th century Buddhist monument of Borobudur is nestled between the ac ve volcano of Mount Merapi, verdant rice paddies, palm ees and Cen al Java's rolling Menoreh Hills. Although li le detail is known about the early days of Borobudur, its comple on is believed to pre-date the temples of Angkor by 300 years. Cons ucted under the Sailendra Dynas rule, the 72 Buddha sculptures, and 2,500 square me es of bas reliefs and carvings tell the tale of centuries old Javanese life, and Buddhist teachings. During the fall of the Sailendra Dynas at the beginning of the 11th century, the site of Borobudur was abandoned and lay undiscovered under volcanic ash and enveloping foliage for an es mated 800 years. Revered colonial ruler Sir omas Stamford Ra es ordered the excava on of the site in 1814, having heard whisperings of a hidden monument om local legend. Since then, the temple site has been restored and a ained UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1991.Borobudur is one of the most visited sites in the Indonesian archipelago, receiving an es mated 2.5 million visitors each year. It is well worth an early start to reach it in me for sunrise, to enjoy a more serene experience, and beat the crowds.GET STARTEDA 14 day tailor-made trip to Java and Bali, including time spentexploring Borobudur, starts from £2,885pp.For more information please contact our Indonesiaspecialists on 01993 838 110.Did you know?. Long hailed as the largest and most complete collecti on of Buddhist bas reliefs in the world, Borobudur claimed the Guinness Book of Records' ti tle as the World's Largest Buddhist Monument in June 2012.. If you were to complete a full circuit of each level of Borobudur, you would have walked over fi ve kilometr es by the ti me you reached the top.. Aft er the erupti on of Mount Merapi in 2010, the Borobudur Heritage Conservati on Agency spent $20,700 on custom parachute silk coverings for each of the monument's 72 Stupas, in case of future erupti ons of volcanic ash.