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granada nicaragua responsible travel we are passionate about the countries we specialise in and have always been firmly committed to the principles of ethical and sustainable travel our responsible travel policy has been awarded three stars ­ the maximum possible ­ by the association of independent tour operators and we have drawn up a travellers code which will help you to ensure your trip does not threaten the sustainability of the places you visit audley supports the friends of conservation carbon offsetting scheme for further details on how to offset the carbon emissions from your flight please visit our website or talk to the country specialist arranging your trip although many of the countries in this region have well established foreign-owned hotel chains we always try to patronise small privately owned establishments where the revenue from visitors stays within the local community where we do use the large hotel operators such as the starwood haciendas in mexico we make

canyons and coasts a tour to explore the scenic side of northern mexico by train combining the stunning coastline and beautiful hotels of baja california with the natural drama of the copper canyon day 1 day 2 day 3 day 4 days 5-8 day 9 azure waters of baja california day 10 fly to mexico city city tour and visit to xochimilco floating gardens tour of the pyramids of teotihuacan and the shrine of guadelupe fly to san josé del cabo baja california and transfer to your hotel relax sunbathe and take optional excursions to explore the area fly to los mochis where you will be driven to the colonial town of el fuerte catch the first class train for your trip to the copper canyon spending the night in cerocahui tour to view the deepest point of urique canyon before continuing by train to barrancas at the copper canyon s edge this morning take a scenic along the canyon s rim this afternoon catch the train onto creel morning at leisure this afternoon take the train to your journey s end in

hidden gems of mexico this tour combines time to explore mexico city the ruins of teotihuacan and the highlights of the fascinating colonial cities discovering both their beauty and history it s rounded off with a few days to relax along the pacific coast day 1 day 2 day 3 day 4 day 5 fly to mexico city full day city tour of mexico city and the anthropological museum tour of the pyramids of teotihuacan and the shrine of guadelupe travel out of mexico city to queretaro afternoon tour of the city your journey continues by travelling up to the artistic city of san miguel de allende afternoon city tour travel to the colourful university town of guanajuato afternoon city tour explore this picturesque town at leisure continue on to the lovely city of morelia afternoon city tour this morning take a tour of the traditional indian town of patzcuaro returning to morelia in the late afternoon return to mexico city for the night fly to puerto vallarta and drive to your hotel sierra madre

rio dulce and livingston to really get off the beaten track in guatemala travel east to the rio dulce board a boat and head downstream eventually arriving in livingston on the shores of the caribbean livingston is heavily influenced by the garifuna people who have evolved here from their afro-caribbean roots many years ago this region was populated by migrants from the island of st vincent and this community brings a strong flavour of caribbean culture to this part of guatemala livingston is far from your typical caribbean destination however the main activity in the area is fishing accommodation is basic and the beaches are not of white sand nevertheless for those fascinated by different societies and wanting to see an alternative side to guatemala this is an intriguing place to visit access is only by boat down the rio dulce passing beautiful scenery and a natural hot spring h otel b anana p alms r io d ulce situated on the edge of the rio dulce 300 metres from the spanish fort of

scarlet macaws cockscomb basin wildlife sanctuary orange walk district the orange walk district encompasses the northern part of belize notable for its agricultural production and areas of dense jungle you can visit the crooked tree wildlife sanctuary home to hundreds of water birds such as jabiru storks and snail kites or visit the mayan site of lamanai buried in the forest on the banks of the new river lagoon for those looking to go to less accessible jungle lodges than those in cayo and to have greater chances of spotting wildlife both lamanai and chan chich provide the perfect setting the mayan ruins of lamanai lamanai outpost lodge orange walk reached only by boat or plane lamanai outpost lodge is on the banks of a 45 kilometre long spring-fed lagoon amid the remnants of a major mayan city and surrounded by an incredible variety of habitats the lodge has just 20 wooden cabañas simply decorated to a high standard and a restaurant serving delicious freshly-cooked food the jungle

the lodge at pico bonito near la ceiba copán the copán ruins are set in the hills in the west of honduras near the border with guatemala and can be easily incorporated into a trip combining the two countries the ruins mark the southeastern limit of mayan dominance and are the most significant in honduras as with many of central america s archaeological sites they were buried in jungle when rediscovered in 1839 the site was cleared in the 1930s to reveal intricately carved stelae three metre columns of stone a hieroglyphic stairway and several ball courts the nearby town of copán ruinas is a quiet and charming settlement with cobbled streets a perfect place to while away some time before or after visiting the ruins hacienda san lucas copÁn hacienda san lucas is a beautiful 100-year-old family-owned hacienda with eight simple but comfortable rooms excellent food and a welcoming friendly atmosphere all the rooms are en-suite with hot water solar lighting and ceiling fans the

nicaraguan discovery a tour encompassing the main highlights of nicaragua visiting the three major cities of managua leon and granada and their surrounding areas before exploring ometepe island the trip ends with some time to relax at morgan s rock eco lodge day 1 day 2 day 3 day 4 day 5 viewpoint of morgan s rock eco-lodge and beach day 6 fly to managua tour of the city drive to león afternoon tour of this historical city trip to the famous flor de cana distillery full day s excursion to the cerro negro momotombo or telica volcano travel by road to granada visiting the masaya volcano en route along with the `white towns of catarina and san juan de oriente city tour combined with a trip to the isletas de granada travel by road and boat to ometepe island afternoon exploration of the island explore the island at leisure or take optional excursions travel by boat and road to san juan del sur and the stunning morgan s rock day 7 day 8 day 9 day 10 volleyball at sunset san juan del sur

central america overland a truly diverse trip for those that enjoy the experience of travelling overland and have the time to see the highlights of panama costa rica and nicaragua it includes the panama canal secluded islands and beaches the vibrant wildlife of costa rica active volcanoes and lush forests ending in nicaragua s oldest city granada day 1 day 2 day 3 day 4 days 5-6 ziplining monteverde day 7 fly to panama city full day tour of the city and miraflores locks on the panama canal part or full day transit depending on schedule of the canal fly to bocas del toro and travel by boat to your lodge relax or take excursions around the archipelago travel by boat and road crossing the border into costa rica and on to cahuita this afternoon relax by the beach take the scenic trip by road and boat to tortuguero national park take wildlife excursions by boat and on foot fly to san josé and drive to arenal via la paz waterfall gardens evening relaxation at nearby thermal springs half

caso viejo panama city panama city home to half of panama s population panama city is a heady combination of historic crumbling colonial buildings and high-rise ultra modern structures set around a large bay on the pacific ocean in someways the city combines three cities in one the first impressions are usually of the sleek and prosperous infrastructure of the business and entertainment districts a vibrant sophisticated and truly international commercial hub that exists largely to serve the neighbouring canal beyond this at the extreme southwest of the bay caso viejo is an attractive district comprised of beautiful 17th and 18th century churches where convents and museums are interspersed with stunning colonial mansions built by the spanish and french drawing from a period still further in the past is panama viejo the original ruins of the capital founded in 1517 this was the first city to be built on the pacific coast of the americas only to be burnt to cinders by the notorious

cuba s haped like a languid crocodile the island of cuba lies just 170 kilometres south of and turbulent history weaves a fascinating tale through spanish colonial rule and the slave trade to batista s dictatorship and castro s revolution this is mirrored in its vibrant culture thriving arts scene and flamboyant music since the collapse of the soviet union cuba s economy has struggled its problems exacerbated by the continuing us embargo the fact that americans aren t officially allowed to visit has rather de-railed cuba s desire to increase visitor numbers but has served to preserve cuba s proudly hispanic culture in a region that can all-too-easily become over-americanised anyone visiting with an open mind a sense of humour and a willingness to explore beyond the all-inclusive resorts will be rewarded by a country which offers so much more than classic cars cigars and beautiful beaches the florida keys but is a world away from its powerful american neighbour the largest and most

new mill new mill lane witney oxfordshire ox29 9sx united kingdom telephone 01993 838 638 · fax 01993 838 010 email centam@audleytravel.com · website www.audleytravel.com w8501 all of our brochures are printed on paper produced from sustainable resources should you wish to dispose of your brochure we kindly request that you recycle it with special thanks to the following photographers jamie marshall jose resino steve macauley robert leon and members of the audley latin america