Parque Natural Canopy Calderas
Three kilometers from San Francisco de Salas is the wonderful, privately owned Parque Natural Canopy Calderas (tel. 5538-5531, www.parquenaturalcalderas.com, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, $10 admission), where you can explore a volcanic caldera. Activities on and around the jungle-clad lagoon include cruising along a zip line through the forest canopy between six platforms ($10), four-wheeling ($13 per hour), horseback riding ($8), mountain biking, kayaking ($3.50), sailboarding ($7), rappelling, and guided hikes along nature trails or to the volcano. You can also safely camp beside the lake ($7) in your own tent or rent one (an additional $7).
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