Backpackers Guide to Lake Apoyo – Nicaragua

Lake Apoyo

Apoyo Lagoon was one of my favorite destinations in Nicaragua. Apoyo Lagoon is a nature reserve located between Granada and Masaya. The lake is a crater formed from a volcano eruption more than 20,000 years ago. Apoyo lagoon is the clearest lake in the region, as well as the deepest geological point in Central America. The glistening deep blue Crater Lake is the perfect location to swim, dive, sail, paddle or relax. I recommend taking a few days to chill out at Lake Apoyo, after a few months of backpacking I certainly enjoyed it.

Things to do Lake Apoyo

There isn’t much to do at Apoyo Lake other than relax, soak up the sun, drink cocktails, swim, kayak and if you are interested you can Scuba Dive.

From Hostel Paradiso you can arrange tours.

We took a tour called Pablo Escobar that went to 4 locations, Masaya Volcano, Masaya Markets, Lake Apoyo Lookout and another market. We paid $40 for 4 people- $10 each, so well worth it.

Dont miss the Lake Apoyo Lookout.

Recommended length of stay

I recommend staying in Lake Apoyo for 2 nights, however if you are low on time you could do a day trip.


Nicaraguan Cordoba and US Dollars .

Getting to and around

You will most likely go to Lake Apoyo from Granada. From Granada you could get a taxi for $10-$20. The Bearded Monkey organized my transport for $6.

You can also get to Lake Apoyo from Managua, Masaya and Leon

Where to stay

Hostel Paradiso: It truly was paradise. Right on Apoyo Lake with a Pontoon out the front, free Kayaks and a lovely restaurant/ bar with hammocks.

Things to do Lake Apoyo Nicaragua

Search for cheap accommodation options here.

If you are heading to Granada, San Juan Del Sur or Isla De Ometepe click the links to check out the guides.

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