Backpackers Guide to Lake Apoyo – Nicaragua

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Apoyo Lagoon was one of my favourite 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 relaxing, soaking up the sun, drinking cocktails, swimming, kayaking and can Scuba Dive.

I loved Lake Apoyo because there wasn’t a lot to do. After months of backpacking, it was great to spend a couple of nights at a beautiful, relaxing hostel.

From Lake Apoyo, you can book tours to the nearby locations of Masaya Volcano, Masaya Markets and Lake Apoyo Lookout. Don’t miss the Lake Apoyo Lookout.

Recommended length of stay in Lake Apoyo

I recommend staying in Lake Apoyo for 2 nights as it is a great place to kick back and relax, however, if you are low on time you could do a day trip.


Nicaraguan Cordoba and US Dollars .

Getting to and around

From Granada, you could get a taxi for $10-$20. The Bearded Monkey organized my transport for $6.

Where to stay in Lake Apoyo

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 my guides.

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Backpackers Guide to Lake Apoyo - Nicaragua

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