Laguna de Apoyo, the most unique paradise you've never heard of

May 9, 2023

Laguna de Apoyo is a place of wonder. As you enjoy the beauty upon your eyes you can’t help but ponder the history of this magical watering hole. It has taken shapes, forms, eruptions. This once empty rock formation is now to one of the greatest ecosystems in all of Nicaragua. Here are 6 reasons that will make you want to retreat there forever (or at least for a luxurious 9 days). 

1. Tranquil Paradise  

The tranquility of Laguna de Apoyo is unparalleled. Moonlight and stars twinkle above as you bask in the peacefulness of the plant jungle oasis. This is a place for anyone seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The absence of motor boats or the sound of planes ensures that your senses will be fully immersed in the serene surroundings. Imagine yourself swaying gently in a hammock, suspended between two palm trees, with the tranquility of Laguna de Apoyo enveloping you in a peaceful embrace.

2. Leisurely Pastimes 

If you are keen to stay active while enjoying the beauty of Laguna de Apoyo, don’t you worry. Imagine starting your day with yoga on the shore, followed by a refreshing swim in the thermal waters. As the day heats up, try paddle-boarding or kayaking to explore all angles of the lagoon. For those seeking more adrenaline-fueled activities, Laguna de Apoyo offers fantastic opportunities for scuba-diving, sailing or fishing from a kayak. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a first-time adventurer, there's something for everyone here.

 3. Predator Free Tropical Wildlife 

The Laguna de Apoyo is a place of magic and wonder, housing a diverse range of wildlife and bird species. Among the 225 bird species that call this place home you can easily spot owls, bats, toucans, and hummingbirds, each adding their own unique melody to the already harmonious soundscape of the lagoon. As you wander through the jungle, you may come across groups of playful monkeys or catch a glimpse of a sleepy sloth lazing in the branches above. Geckos and iguanas bask in the warmth of the sun, while fish poke their heads out from the thermal waters below. Laguna de Apoyo is truly a paradise for those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

4. Warm Thermal Waters Year Round

If you fancy a moonlit swim, you have hit the jackpot. Upon entering, the water hits your skin like a warm hug. Imagine it as being in a 6.6km round, 175m deep Epsom bath filled with ancient volcanic materials rich in minerals. Laguna has pockets of volcanic vents running through its waters like veins, keeping the body of water thermal 365 days per year. On one of its many calm days, you can see an impressive depth when looking into its sparkling blue tinted waters. Take your kayak in a hunt for bubbling hot springs sprinkled around the lagoon.

5. Historical Insanity & Serious Views 

Laguna de Apoyo is a place with a rich history. It was formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago leaving an empty crater which slowly evolved into this picturesque lagoon as we know if today.  The lake was once considered sacred by the indigenous people of Nicaragua, who believed that it was a portal to the underworld. Today, Laguna de Apoyo is a secret gem, attracting wanderers from around the world to come marvel at its natural beauty and soak in its warm, therapeutic waters. Whether you’re floating mid lake, or looking down into the pool-like crater, your bodily senses will be tingling in all possible ways. 

6. Attractions Just Beyond Paradise 

Laguna de Apoyo is surrounded by an array of beautiful and exciting nearby attractions that are worth exploring. One of the most popular attractions is the Masaya Volcano, which is known for its stunning views, hiking trails and of course bubbling bright lava. Additionally, visitors can take a stroll through the local markets in Masaya, visit nearby plant nurseries, or relax in a hammock while soaking in the natural beauty of the area. 

Another less famous but worthwhile visit is the nearby volcano, Mombacho. Visitors can go on a thrilling zip-line adventure or vigorous hike up the steep volcano.  Nestled on the top and worth mentioning is La Flor coffee farm. This plantation has some majestic views of the land and coffee with flavour notes that reminds you of all the sacred delicacies Nicaragua has to offer. 

Last but not the least of my favourite places nearby is Granada. This old colonial city is best for throwing away the itinerary and allowing yourself to get lost in all its hidden beauty. From secret garden courtyards, to silly guided chocolate tours, horse-drawn carriage rides or cigar shops; you’ll stumble into a day filled with rich culture and surprises.  If you have time don’t miss out on Granada’s famous islets. Hop on a boat and explore the over 1000 miniature islands in Lake Nicaragua, you’ll be sure to see a monkey or crocodile while on board. 

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