The azur waters of Laguna de Apoyo

Have you ever dreamt of swimming in the warm, deep-blue waters waters of a laguna that sits deep inside the massive cone of an extinct volcano, surrounded by dry tropical forest that is home to a variety of colourful birds and troupes of Howler Monkeys? Dream no more, because at Nicaragua’s Laguna de Apoyo all of this is possible.

Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Seeing Laguna de Apoyo for the first time is breathtaking. Its obviously a volcano but sitting inside it is a body of water that looks more like an inland ocean, sparkling blue and turquoise under the fierce Nicaraguan sun…and it is only a twenty minute drive from Granada.

Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

When we reached Casa San Simian, an ecologically-minded set of cabanas, the peace and tranquility were the first things to greet us, followed by our bamboo and palm built cabana complete with private outdoor toilet and shower. Birds were flitting overhead, Howler Monkeys were calling to each other through the forest and the water of the laguna beckoned us to cool off from the heat of the day.

San Simian Cabanas, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

San Simian Cabanas, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Cabana and hammocks, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Cabana and hammocks, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

It was a beautiful place to spend a few days relaxing, swimming and wildlife spotting. We saw, for the first time, Nicaragua’s national bird, the fabulously titled Turquoise-browed Motmot. Not only one, we saw several of them. It has ridiculously shaped plumage that is brilliantly coloured – thankfully very eye catching when they fly, which is the only way I’m ever going to spot one.

Turquoise-browed Motmot, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Turquoise-browed Motmot, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Turquoise-browed Motmot, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Turquoise-browed Motmot, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Turquoise-browed Motmot, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Turquoise-browed Motmot, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Other than that, time at Laguna Apoyo is all about swimming and strolling to spot monkeys and birds…although the fish tacos at Casa San Simian might be reason enough to visit.

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkey, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkeys, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Howler Monkeys, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Bird eating fruit, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Bird eating fruit, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Vulture, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Vulture, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Fisher, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Fisher, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

…oh, and two-feet long lizards…

Lizard, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

Lizard, Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

7 thoughts on “The azur waters of Laguna de Apoyo

  1. Looks fabulous. I hoping that the sister blog to this one will contain photos of the fish tacos. You know where my priorities are … x

    • The sister blog to this one may need to pull their finger out, although to be fair we’ve been on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua for 10 days – virtually no internet anywhere. To compensate there were fabulous beaches and even better swimming to be had.

      • We had summer weather on Thursday last week but I blinked so missed it. Presumably by June it might be warm enough here for you to show off your tan …

        • My tan is currently peeling off my burned back, the result of some over-enthusiastic scuba diving. S on the other hand is clearly determined to return with a tan to antagonise everyone. You’d like the Nicaraguan Caribbean, we could barely drag ourselves away.

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