Relaxing at the Lagoon

Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
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Flag of Nicaragua  , Granada,
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday 30th August:

Thought we better do something touristy so off exploring today, and what is very common around Central America which, you've probably guessed, its volcanoes and lakes. So what better way to some it all up, to go and see a once active volcano that is now a lake – or lagoon as its known here.

There is a hostel that you can go with, they have a shuttle that takes you there for the day and collects you later on. So we put our names down to go with them yesterday, but they needed a minimum of 4 people to actually go. When we arrived, there were only 3 of us. So we decided to do it the local way, on local buses – which actually worked out in our favour, as it was loads cheaper.

The girl who had also put her name down, Fiona – who is from Portsmouth, came with us and the 3 of us set off to go to Lago Apoyo.

The bus stopped off at the main road and the guide book said its only a 2km walk down to the lake. But as there was 3 of us, we decided to share a taxi ride down. So glad we did this as it was more like 6kms of hills!

Soon we arrived at another hostel right on the lake, called Monkey Hostel – which allowed you to use all their facilities for the day for a small fee.

Wow – what another stunning lake. Surrounded by lush green everywhere, and the water was so still. Apparently it was formed years ago, when the volcano erupted and now its really deep... Something like 175m - 100m of which is below sea-level. You'd think then that the water would be cold, but no.. it was a perfect temperature. The hostel had tubes and kayaks to use, so off we set. The 2 girls floating on the tubes, and Si kayaking out towards the jetty floating on the lake. That's kinda where we spent a few hours, jumping off, suntanning, swimming, kayaking, tubing – it was great. The water was so clean to! And very clear, but obviously you couldn't see the bottom.  Its supposed to be the cleanest lake in the whole of Central America but the water is not quite drinkable.

Eventually though, our bellies started to rumble to we headed back to the shore an there was a great pizzeria on sight that overlooks the lake - What a great place to enjoy a tasty pizza.

Later on, when we finally decided to leave this gorgeous place, we had to try and get another taxi up the stupidly long, hilly road. But its not a busy road, so it was a waiting game. Whilst waiting... we heard a familiar sound, something that we hadn't heard since Mexico... A howler Monkey. And Fiona actually spotted it, not far away. It was a small one, so not as loud as they can be,  but still cool to see another one in the wild again.

Waiting around finally came to an end, when a taxi arrived. It took us back to the main road, and we then flagged down the local shuttle bus! Once back, we said bye to Fiona and then went back to our hostel. We actually cooked for ourselves tonight, saving pennies and all.
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