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  • Address: Laguna de Apoyo, Managua, Nicaragua
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Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve (Laguna de Apoyo)

Believed to have been created more than 20,000 years ago after the cone of the Apoyo Volcano imploded, the Laguna de Apoyo got its start as subterranean rivers and rainwater filled and drowned the crater. It is located between two other Nicaraguan volcanoes: Masaya to the north and Mombacho to the south. Part of a nature reserve, the lagoon is regarded as the cleanest swimming spot in Nicaragua.

The surrounding area is part of a tropical dry forest ecosystem with a diverse wildlife population. There are over 500 species of plants and tropical dry trees, as well as more than 200 documented species of birds. Reptiles such as green iguanas and a huge variety of birds are also prevalent in the area.

Laguna de Apoyo’s clean, blue waters are thermally vented inside the crater, and it maintains a nice year-round temperature. There are plenty of water-related activities like scuba diving and kayaking to keep visitors occupied, although relaxing on the lakeshore is also an option.

Practical Info

Laguna de Apoyo is located about 20 minutes from both Granada and Masaya, and about an hour from the Managua airport. Because the site is a reserve, visitors should treat the area with great respect. The closet shops are located back in town, so be sure to pack your sunblock as you head to the lakefront.

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Apoyo Lagoon Adventure from Managua, Managua, null
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Apoyo Lagoon Adventure from Managua

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Venture to the scenic Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve on a guided day trip from Managua. This relaxing outdoor adventure introduces you to one of Nicaragua's most ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.99
Day-Trip to Laguna de Apoyo from Managua, Managua, Day Trips
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Day-Trip to Laguna de Apoyo from Managua

Venture out to one of the most magical places in Nicaragua, Laguna de Apoyo Natural Reserve, on a guided day-trip from Managua. This relaxing outdoor adventure ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Relaxing Day at Apoyo Lagoon, Managua, Day Trips
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Relaxing Day at Apoyo Lagoon

Spend a relaxing day with friends or family at the Apoyo lagoon, where you can either relax on the shore of the lagoon or tan on the pier. You can also get ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

From USD $64.00
Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua, Managua, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua

This complete full-day tour allows you to experience many of the breathtaking Nicaragua stops in one day. You will travel from Managua to several places of ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

From USD $140.00
Masaya and Apoyo Lagoon Tour from Granada, Granada, Day Trips
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Masaya and Apoyo Lagoon Tour from Granada

This tour is all about nature and culture! Immerse yourself in the Nicaraguan culture by visiting Masaya’s fine handicraft market; enjoy here the creativity ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Masaya Handcraft Market from Managua, Managua, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Masaya Handcraft Market from Managua

Given its rich indigenous heritage, the city of Masaya is known as the “cradle of national folklore”. On this tour, you will drive 30 minutes from Managua to ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

From USD $108.50
3-hour hike in Apoyeque Volcano, Managua, Cultural Tours
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3-hour hike in Apoyeque Volcano

Do not go too far to hike a volcano! Discover the Apoyeque Volcano just one hour away from Managua city. Get ready for a 3-hour hike in the vegetation and ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

From USD $49.00

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