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Located between Masaya and Granada is a 200m deep volcanic crater lake named Laguna de Apoyo, surrounded by green hills all around. With its blue water and an amazing view, it is one of Nicaragua's most beautiful natural wonders and should not be missed. Laguna de Apoyo was formed by a volcanic eruption more than 20.000 years ago that left a hole in the shape of an inverted cone. Slowly, over thousands of years, the crater filled with a combination of underground water and rain to form the country's cleanest and deepest lagoon. In 1991 the lagoon was declared as nature reserve, Reserva Natural Laguna de Apoyo.

Many visitors are simply pleased to view Laguna de Apoyo from Mirador de Catarina. But it's worth making your way to the bottom for one of the finest swims. You can explore the lagoon itself and enjoy a variety of activities, from hiking, diving, paragliding to watersports. There are a handful of small local restaurants that serve fish, typical Nicaraguan food and cold beers, and lots of lodging options.

  • Last visit to Laguna de Apoyo: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2011 at 3:44 AM

    It took me a while but I finally found out what came after the chicken bus. ;)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon by the lagoon! I visited El Mirador de Catarina both in 1989 and 2009, but have not jet been down to the lagoon. Next time I will defenitely go there!

  • Mar 12, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Charming place, but without the food & drinks tips, look a bit boring by your standards :D

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    I want to sit there with that gorgeous view and have a freshly made fruit juice :-) What a lovely view!!

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