If it’s nature you’re after, contact the very knowledgeable Malcolm ([email protected]), the resident bird expert at D&D Brewery, who runs fantastic early-morning tours on the lake. With so many species of bird – including herons, kingfishers and hawks – as well as bats, iguanas and otters, this is a great introduction to the lake. He also offers two-day guided walks up Santa Bárbara mountain, exploring the dense cloudforest at 1400–2000m, with the possibility of spotting quetzals.

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