Canopy Tours in Martinique
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Canopy tours—also known as tree-topping tours—are relatively new to Martinique. Even younger kids can join in the fun on some courses. However, if your body parts—particularly knees and elbows—are not as supple as they once were, or if you're afraid of heights, stay back at the hotel pool. The "tour" consists of a series of wooden ladders and bridges suspended from the trees, connected with zip lines. Participants are secured in harnesses and ropes that are hitched to them like dog leashes. You connect to a cable and then fly and bellow like Tarzan until you get to the other side. Advance reservations are usually required.
Mangofil. This professionally run zip-line park is overseen by Frenchmen who came from a similar park in France. All of the platforms, ladders, and stations were installed by members of a special union in France that specializes in such work. Safety is key here, but there's also a lot of fun. The cost is €25 per person for adults, €15-€20 for children, depending on height. It's open Wednesday-Sunday 9-5 and every day during French school holidays. For kids age 18 months and up, there's also a huge safety net for them to frolic and "dance" among the trees, with toys galore to bounce around with. If a Big Mango (adult) comes with a little Parcabout (kid), it is €25 + €5. They also rent quads (4x4s) Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Forêt Rateau, Rte. de Trois-Ilets, near Le Potterie, Les Trois-Ilets, 97229. 0596/68-08-08. www.mangofil.eu.
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