Less than 40 kilometers from Managua, where more than 23,000 years there was a gigantic volcanic explosion, today is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Nicaragua: the Laguna de Apoyo. This site recreational waters characterized by ecological and comfortable hotels, is part of an adventure to be lived and enjoyed from the crater of a volcano.
More than 23,000 years, a volcanic eruption formed a caldera 6 km in diameter, which eventually accumulated groundwater and rainwater into a lagoon slopes covered with vegetation. Today is the Laguna de Apoyo tourist destination, just 40 kilometers from Managua, capital of Nicaragua.
This volcanic lake is between the departments of Masaya and Granada and its slopes and costs are shared by the municipalities of Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, say and Granada.
The surrounding forest is dry tropics and Support was declared a Nature Reserve in 1991. Among the dominant trees on its slopes are the guanaco, pochote, Nambar, mahogany, ceiba and sapodilla, plus a range of orchids.
The birds most commonly seen in the vicinity of the lake are the guardabarranco, mockingbird, chocoyo and parakeet. Mammalian species are squirrel, anteater, deer, howler monkeys, white-faced monkey, lion and guardatinaja. It is also common to see reptiles like green iguanas, black iguana, lizard and boa snakes, rattlesnakes, coral snakes and rat and mica.
Bilmara Bermudez, a resident of Valley of Laguna, works in a hotel on the coast of Support and says that the residents of the area have received economic benefits of tourism.
Waking up to the sound of birds
You reach the lake by a fairly steep road. Then there are hotels along the coast. Support Villas is the largest and has 58 double apartments and eight villas, swimming pool, conference room for 120 people and a restaurant. The rooms are among the vegetation in the uneven edge of the lagoon.
Zavala Azariah, general manager of the hotel, says tourists here enjoy tranquility between wild nature and appreciating the calm waters of the lagoon, the largest volcanic in Nicaragua.
Guests wake up to the chirping of birds or the howling of wild howler monkeys, a species that abound in this forest.
On the day, tourists can do horseback riding, swimming, rowing or enjoy the SPA. Opposite the hotel is the restaurant Norome Villas, where you can eat fresh fish from the lake.
Further south along the coast, is the San Damiano hotel and restaurant, which offers five simple huts, rustic, with capacity for 15 people.Alongside is a small beach, where there are the kayak to navigate the lagoon and lazy hammocks for relaxing or reading.
The price of accommodation is U.S. $ 55.00 per night for two people, including breakfast. For the day, use the kayaks and hammocks, foreigners pay the equivalent of U.S. $ 5.00 and U.S. $ 2.50 Nicaraguans.
Pizzas in honor of mud
On the other side, in the northeast part of the lake is the Monkey Hut guesthouse with three bedrooms and sleeps 18 people. Here charge $ 6.00 per day per person, with the right to use the kayaks, hammocks, beach chairs, wireless internet access and coffee.
The Monkey has no restaurant, but offers artisan pizzas, made in clay oven with firewood. Makes Sergio Ruiz Hotel exvigilante learned that culinary art with Argentine and Italian guests, several years ago.Prepare Neapolitan pizza, pepperoni, ham, vegetarian, Hawaiian. His specialty is pizza Sergio, with tomato and pepperoni.
“The thing I do is crispy pizza, thin, very rich,” said Ruiz, who is proud when you hear someone say “Monkey pizzas are very good.”
The natural landscape is what attracts visitors and Dimitri Dolci and his twin brother Quentin. They came from San Diego, California, and after spending a few days in San Juan del Sur and Granada were to visit the Laguna de Apoyo.
“Yesterday we went on a tour to Masaya volcano and we were to stay in Granada, but returned to the Laguna de Apoyo because it is a very pleasant atmosphere. Then we go to the North, “said Dimitri.
Enough fresh air lagun
If you are looking for a place to rest in rooms between trees, but with access to technology, the Riviera Hotel Selva offers that.
In its construction combines volcanic rock, lava stone, flagstone, stone quarry and river. Sample exotic decorative plants like palms of Madagascar and Thailand and the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The rooms are made of bamboo and wood, with wide windows, cabins, swimming pools and private terraces.
Some rooms have double beds, plasma TVs, sky signal, internet, jacuzzi and refrigerator. There are nine rooms with rates ranging between U.S. $ 50.00 and U.S. $ 70.00 per night.
“These rooms do not need range because they are very fresh, the air coming from the lagoon. So you sleep with the windows open, “said Jim Roberts, owner of the Blue Forest.
Ensures that tourism has grown in the Laguna de Apoyo, so there is already a deficit of rooms.
In the northeast, confused between the forest, is also the hotel and restaurant Grandmother, surrounded by lush trees and gardens. It can accommodate 45 people in 13 rooms, among these six double cabins with balconies, from where you get all the lagoon and the green ring that seals it.
Here is a floating dock and tourists can walk along the edges, to watch birds and plants. The night accommodation at a cost of $ 70.00 per couple with breakfast.
“We are as country inns Community of Central America because we support the community, preserve nature, environment, process organic waste, waste water. So we are an ecolodge “says Vilma Valenzuela, owner of Grandma.
There are other hotels like paradise and Support Lodge, and the possibility of extreme sports, whether paragliding, diving, boating, sailing and hiking or riding in the reserve.
There are three entrances to the Laguna de Apoyo. A road between Masaya-Granada, one for the road-Catarina and Masaya the town of Catarina. There is a public transport bus drops twice daily to plan the lagoon. Exits the municipal market in the city of Masaya. You can also take a motorcycle taxi or a cab to get to the shores of the lagoon.
Models: Carina and Miguel Mercado Gurdian JEFASHION’S Agency
Location: Hotel Villas Supporter.