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Great adventure holidays in Latin America for our fall season

As the weather turns cooler in North America it's time for just one more trip before the onset of winter.

Here is a baker's dozen of our favourite trips for fall in Latin America.

Explore Belize

Discover Belize, one of the world's premier ecotourism destinations on this adventure tour of jungles, reefs and ancient Mayan sites. From the Caribbean vibes of Belize City we travel via the Maya ruins of Altun Ha to Crooked Tree Wildlife Reserve, birdwatchers paradise but also home to crocodiles and the 2000 year old jungle ruins of Lamanai.

Next we journey along the Hummingbird Highway to Placencia, gateway to Belize's barrier reef - the longest reef system in the western hemisphere. The snorkelling here is second to none.

Via Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve, where we hike through the rainforest to a small waterfall, we head to the traditional Belizean town of San Ignacio. From here we explore the area, including the Maya site of Xunantunich. On your free day here you can choose to visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves, go canoeing on the Macal River or visit to Belize Botanical Gardens.

Travelling into Guatemala, we explore the great Mayan metropolis of Tikal, part of which is still covered by a tangle of undergrowth.

Our final days in Belize are spent on Caye Caulker, a laid-back former pirate's hide-out. Here you can take a snorkelling trip out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark & Ray alley, or to Goff's Caye to observe the Manatees in their natural habitat. Scuba diving is also available.

Explore Nicaragua

This adventure tour of the Central American republic of Nicaragua shows you all the different facets of this undiscovered country. Step back in time as you start your tour in the capital Managua and nearby Tiscapa Crater Lake and the excavated ruins of Leon Viejo, the Pompeii of Nicaragua. Next is Leon itself, with its graceful Spanish colonial architecture, from where you can take a hike on one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, Cerro Negro.

We visit the boiling mud holes of San Jacinto before travelling to the mountainous north of the country where we will stay with a local family to learn about daily life in Nicaragua.

A cloudforest hike in Selva Negra has us discover the rich flora and fauna, after which we travel to the beautiful town of Granada, with its centre dominated by colourful Spanish-colonial architecture. A boat tour on Lake Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua) is a great way to soak up the views of volcanoes and islands.

After a drive up Masaya Volcano we'' continue to Ometepe island with its stunning volcanoes. It is a great place for walking, soaking up the views, or learning more about local life.

The beaches, charm and unique culture of San Juan del Sur on the Pacific are next. Try your hand at surfing, or, from August to January, witness the arrival of large numbers of Olive Ridley turtles.