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“Clean Water, Beautiful Surroundings”

Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo
Ranked #147 of 242 things to do in Nicaragua
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Owner description: The largest and cleanest volcanic lake in the country.
Reviewed April 28, 2011

We hooked up with a tour guide in Granada that recommended the laguna de apoyo, best recommendation ever. For $35 our group of 6 was driven to The Monkey Hut, a small hostel/resort on the lake. There is a public beach (free) but it was CROWDED. The Monkey Hut charged $6 per person, offered reasonably priced food and beverages and a private dock and lake front for swimming. The $6 entry fee included the use of kayaks, water tubes, chairs, etc. If you are staying in Granada I highly recommend you make this an afternoon trip. Our guide spoke exceptional English and made additional recommendations for restaurants, shopping, etc. I would highly recommend you use this tour operator if given the opportunity.

Oscar Lopez
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

Laguna de Apoyo was by far a nice surprise in our travels in Nicaragua! The lake was not easy to find but once you do you be glad you did. we had a great dinner at La Abuela ecoldoge. They rent cabins on the lake, they have a pier where you can jump into the lake (warm termal waters)....the lodge rents canoes and other water toys so you can spend the day in the water.

Laguna de Apoyo is on the way to Granada (about 20 minutes from Masaya). we drove from Jinotepe Nicaragua and it took us about 45 minutes by private car.

The place is not a 4 star hotel but you will enjoy the location of the lodge and the lake. At least spend 1 night in the area. This lake I cannot tell you it was a gem!!!

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Reviewed July 9, 2007

Laguna de Apoyo is a lake in a dormant volcano. It reminds me of our own Crater Lake in southern Oregon. The great difference is you can swim and sail in it. The water is pristine and the wind clean and steady. Listen for the "holler monkeys". Don't miss the view from the rim of the volcano from the lovely little Nicaraguan town of Katerina. It is quite something.

I stayed at the San Simian, in a comfortable sort of "palapa", that overlooked the lake. You can swim from the San Simian and sail their little Hobie Cat. Dana makes food that has the happy combination of being tasty and healthy.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013
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Reviewed April 28, 2013
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