Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve (Laguna de Apoyo) Tours

Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve (Laguna de Apoyo)
A crystalline lagoon just a short drive from Granada, Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve (Reserva Natural Laguna de Apoyo) is one of the most popular natural attractions in Nicaragua. Get away from the city for a few hours of kid-approved water sports, or hang out and relax all day in a lounge chair poised on the rim of this beautiful crater lake. 

The Basics
At Laguna de Apoyo, you can swim in thermally heated waters, rent kayaks or scuba diving equipment, or enjoy views of the lake and surrounding forest from a lakefront bar or restaurant. Though it’s possible to spend the night, most people find that a day trip from Managua or Granada is the easiest way to visit for just the right amount of time. Most day trips also include such nearby attractions as the Mirador de Catarina or Masaya Volcano.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Laguna de Apoyo is a top pick for visitors to Nicaragua.
  • Bring your camera to capture views of nearby Mombacho volcano.
  • Sun protection can be hard to find at the lagoon, so bring your own.

How to Get There
Laguna de Apoyo is centrally located roughly 20 minutes from Granada and Masaya and just over an hour from Managua. The easiest way to visit is with private transportation, a taxi, or on a guided tour, as most daily public buses stop about a 1.5-hour walk from the lagoon. 

When to Get There
Thanks to thermal vents inside the crater, Apoyo Lagoon remains at a pleasant swimming temperature year-round. Plan to visit early in the morning before the crowds arrive and the sun gets too strong.

Forested Shores
Laguna de Apoyo Natural Reserve is part of a tropical dry-forest ecosystem with a diverse wildlife population. The reserve is home to more than 500 species of plants and tropical dry trees, as well as more than 200 documented birds species. 
Address: Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Nicaragua
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Masaya Handcraft Market from Managua

Discover the cultural richness of Masaya on a full-day trip to the folkloric town from Managua. Alongside your guide, you’ll browse stalls brimming with artisan goods at Masaya Craft Market, and absorb spectacular views from a lookout point in Catarina. Then, stroll the cobbled streets of San Juan de Oriente to peruse stores famed for their high-quality pottery. Refreshments and round-trip transport from your Managua hotel are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Day-Trip to Laguna de Apoyo

Explore the Laguna de Apoyo Natural Reserve, located in the crater of an extinct volcano, on this full-day trip from Managua,Granada or San Juan del Sur. Get access to a private waterfront villa where you can kayak, swim, and relax on the shore. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Managua are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour

This tour to Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya Volcano from Managua offers great value by combining two of Granada’s most popular activities into a single day trip. Not only does this tour provide seamless transportation between two tricky-to-reach destinations, but it also includes entrance fees—all while keeping costs low for budget-minded travelers.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Masaya and Apoyo Lagoon Tour from Granada

Get to know the unique culture of Nicaragua during this 7-hour tour. Visit the handicraft market at Masaya, offering arts and crafts made by local artisans. Tour some traditional villages, Catarina and San Juan de Oriente, and sit in on a crafting workshop with a local family. At Apoyo Lagoon, take a swim in the clear, calm waters to cool off. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Granada are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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