Laguna de Apoyo

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by ext212 on February 12, 2007

Laguna de Apoyo is Nicaragua's deepest and bluest lake trapped inside the crater of Volcan Apoyo. It measures 48-square kilometers and about 700 feet deep, so it's quite a challenge to swim laps or kayak around it.

What you can do, though, is sit by its beach and laze around with your favorite book under a shade. We signed up with Hostal Oasis in Granada for 250 cordovas each to spend a whole day at Crater's Edge, their sister hotel right by the lake. The fee included round-trip transportation by shuttle van (the ride from Granada is about half an hour), sandwiches and drinks for lunch and the use of their hammocks, kayaks and beach chairs.

Although considered dormant, the last earthquake in the town of Catarina make the locals believe that the lake still experiences seismic activities.

Volcan Apoyo's walls are covered with trees, where different birds and monkeys roam, and there are apparently trails around the volcano that pass through the local communities of the Lugarenos. There are other hotels in the area that have comparable facilities to Crater's Edge, but we decided to spend our entire afternoon with them and just walked around the lake to kill time. (When facing the water, walk to your left from Crater's Edge to find other food options.)

It got kind of boring after sitting prettily three hours by the lake - it was too hot to hike, too hot to kayak, too hot to sunbathe - but we had to stay until 4pm and wait for our ride back to Granada. We never felt more relaxed while in Granada, though. Laguna de Apoyo is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of town.
Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Granada, Nicaragua

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