Laguna de Apoyo is an extinct volcanic caldera filled with crystal-clear waters to form one of the deepest crater lakes in the world. The cobalt-blue The water here is warm and inviting…the most brilliant cobalt blue you may ever see. With crystal clear waters, rich biodiveristy and located close to the capital and Granada, Laguna de Apoyo is fast emerging as a key focus of investor interest. The lot has mature trees and spectacular views across the water towards Mombacho Volcano and Lake Nicaragua beyond.
Laguna de Apoyo is a site of outstanding natural beauty and also one of special scientific interest. Boasting hundreds of species of animals & plants, including howler– and white-faced monkeys, sloths, & porcupines (and over 160 species of butterfly alone!), it is also home to species of fish found nowhere else in the world. Indeed, the two species of cichlid are influencing current thinking on evolutionary biology. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the environment of the laguna be preserved. Naturally, all these saplings are of indigenous species.
Laguna de Apoyo is a hidden paradise just for you!!! Whether you feel like swimming the warm waters of this crater lake, hiking in the forest, or just relaxing, you will love it! Canopy tour and kayaking are the activities for those of you who are adventurous. Laguna De Apoyo measures 6 kilometers across and is reported to be the lowest point in Central America at 200 to 400 meters deep, depending on which book you believe. The angle of the lagoon edge can be intimadating with a 45 degree drop, invoking images of what may lurk beneath. Laguna de Apoyo is among the cleanest lakes in Central America, filled with mineral water fed by underground springs. The lake is so clear you can see 100 feet down.
Nicaragua, the land of sun, lakes, and volcanoes, is the largest but most sparsely populated nation in Central America. With an area of approximately 130,000 square kilometers, it is slightly larger than New York State. However, it has a relatively small population of only about 4.5 million. Nicaragua is bordered by the Caribbean Sea on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, Costa Rica on the south and Honduras on the north. Western Nicaragua is mountainous, with fertile valleys. Two big lakes, Nicaragua and Managua, are connected by the Tipitapa River. The Pacific coast is volcanic and very fertile while the Caribbean coast is swampy. It is the ideal destination for those that seek something truly different. Laguna de Apoyo is a hidden paradise just for you! Whether you feel like swimming the warm waters of this crater lake, hiking in the forest, or just relaxing, you will love it! Canopy touring and kayaking are the activities for those of you who are adventurous.
Things to do and attractions in the area:
In Masaya Volcano National Park, located a few minutes from Masaya, looking down to the still active crater will take your breath away. You can drive all the way to the rim and park right on the edge of the crater. The volcano constantly emits gases which make for excellent photo opportunities. It is one of Nicaragua’s most interesting and beautiful natural phenomena. There is a museum dedicated to the volcano's history. During the pre-Columbian age, Masaya Volcano was an object of veneration by the indigenous people. They believed the eruptions were signs of anger from the Gods and to appease them they offered sacrifices, which often included small children and maidens. During the Conquest, the Spaniards baptized the active volcano “La Boca Del Infierno” or “The Mouth Of Hell”. Then they planted a cross, “La Cruz De Bobailla”. It was placed on the crater lip in the 16th century in order to exorcise the Devil.
In this land of smoldering volcanoes, Masaya volcano is one of the smokiest of all. Visitors are warned not to stay in the vicinity of the main crater for more than 20 minutes. Although a flock of green parakeets nests in the crater walls with seemingly no ill-effects (the best time to spot them is at dusk), the prolonged inhalation of toxic gases can have nasty effects on humans.
Arts and Crafts Market in Masaya
Named “Flowers City”, Masaya is situated 14 km north of Granada and 17 km south of Managua. Masaya is famous for its coffee plantations and local handicraft markets. You can buy unique local souvenirs: articles in wood, hammocks, leather (shoes, bags), pottery, ceramics, painting, hard stones, coffee and fabrics in the two Arts and Crafts Markets in Masaya. The markets are open all days of the week from dawn to sunset. You can find restaurants in one of the two markets.
Catarina located at the top of west rim above Laguna de Apoyo, is the flower and plant capital of the country, with dozens of nurseries and many plant and flower sellers. It is a small and characteristic village of Nicaragua where people work in seedling nurseries, make handcraft and raise horses. Situated on top of a hill at 520 metres over the sea level, it presents a very agreeable climate with the temperature between 22 and 27 degrees celsius. On the highest point of the village you can find the Mirador Catarina that overlooks Laguna de Apoyo, the wonderful landscape of Lake Nicaragua and Mombacho Volcano, and the town of Granada. You can ride horse back along the mountain rim or have lunch at the Mirador restaurant.
Norome Resort at waters edge at Laguna de Apoyo. For a $5 admission fee, you can use the facilities in the resort. You can have fun in the swimming pool, lunch at the restaurant, or enjoy boating in the crater lake.
Mombacho Volcano Natural Park
This volcano, situated within the Natural Park of Volcan Mombacho, is 1400 meters high. It's been extinct for many years now, and it is totally covered with vegetation. This has created a rich ecosystem which within it live 50 species of mammals,174 species of birds, 30 of reptiles and 750 species of flora. You can reach the top by foot or on a special Russian truck with double traction. A scientific laboratory and a small museum have been built on the peak. It is possible to set off on various well marked tracks which edge the main extinct crater. Typically interesting are the natural sounds which are amplified by the crater. Along the tracks, round holes can be found, from which hot water vapor is released. If you are adventurous, you can try the Canopy Tour. For 600 meters one slides through the rich foliage hanging onto steel cables or walking across suspended bridges. From 16 platforms, which distance between 10 to 30 meters from each other, it is possible to admire wild animals from the forest, and beautiful landscapes.
San Juan de Oriente
Pottery of San Juan de Orient: Nicaraguan fair trade pottery inspired by traditional pre-Columbian designs dates back to 1,000 B.C. . With pottery-making traditions dating back to pre-Columbian times, San Juan de Oriente, lying between the volcanoes of Masaya and Mombacho, is an artisan village famous throughout Nicaragua. Selling a fabulous array of vases, plates, jars and other ornamental ceramics from tiny front rooms or street-side stalls, many families have their own workshops and open wood furnaces where the pottery gets fired.
Elegant black and white vases with pre-Columbian designs depict stylized fish, birds, animals, iguanas, and flowers. Even for a casual shopper, deciding which pieces to buy is likely to be a huge problem. Everything is all so gorgeous. A young guy first demonstrates the art of the potter's wheel. He's already an expert, because within a few short minutes, a pot is formed. It's then ready for its initial drying before getting coated in white zinc oxide. You can buy pottery from Nicaragua for between $5 and $20 on average.
Roadside furniture shops and factories-rattan, wicker, wood funiture.
Las Isletas of Granada
Located in one of the ports of Lake Nicaragua, the isletas consist of 365 small islands created by an old and powerful eruption from Volcano Mombacho. The isletas are also home to many flora and fauna, as well as host to restaurants, homes and other attractions. Please see details on the “La Isleta de Phoebe” page. Visit 365 islands (one for each day of the year) where homes are being built. The islands were created years ago whe nearby Mombacho Volcano erupted. Have lunch at Hotel Isleta La Ceiba. You can rent a Kayak and use it in the lake.
Managua, being the capital of Nicaragua, offers tourist attractions of all sorts. One can visit the Rubn Daro National Theater or the National Palace (Presidential Palace). In addition to malls, fast food, movie theaters and such, Managua, like the rest of the country, offers plenty of mountains, volcanoes and lakes.
San Juan del Sur
Cruise ships dock here regularly. It is a popular tourist destination in Nicaragua and offers some of the best surfing in Nicaragua (Playa Maderas), as well as beautiful hotels, beaches and even beachfront real estate.