Today was a nearly perfect day at Laguna de Apoyo. I know I said the ocean was like bath water before but this lake is far more deserving of that description! With fresh water enriched with minerals, this water is not only warm, but so clear, clean, and blue! Because it's so deep, there is no chance of touch the bottom, which is great... unless you drop something you wish you could swim down and get. Let's just say.. a phone maybe? 😬
Kayaking out there was a blast! My parents looked like pros out on the water in their double kayak. They would paddle away and leave us behind, and my mom even jumped off the kayak to take a quick dip. Such a big difference from kayaking last year in Cali. 😢... they grow up soo fast!
Everything was great and dandy until I leaned just a liiiitle bit too far back and flipped off my kayak. I didn't even hit the water yet before I knew how disastrous this would be. You see, not 2 mins earlier my sis handed me her waterproof phone to snap a few pics of her. I can still hear myself scream "Sarah, your phone!!" as I waved my hands thru that deep dark blue water for her phone. This was the point when it sunk in again just how deep this lake goes- 175 meters to be exact. :( Thankfully my sis is the person she is, was understanding, and didn't let it ruin her/our day. She accepted the loss and 2 hours later, we had already counted five At-least-my-phone-isn't-at-the-bottom-of-a-crater-lake jokes from my Mom. (Thanks, Mom)
We ended the night with a bang! This was the 3rd and final chance we all had at seeing Volcan Masaya together. The other nights we tried, it was either raining or we feared the chance of rain. So although it was already raining when we booked it, we took the chance and hoped for the best.
By the time we got to the volcano, the sky was clear and the lava was a-bubbling! I still can't get over the thought of being on the edge of a volcano crater and not only clearly hearing lava, but seeing lava! How insane! What an overall perfect last day here in Nica as a fam. Even though we lost the phone, I honestly think it added to the memory, the laughs, and made us a bit closer. Plus, phone insurance def helps ;)
Today was just another travel day. We left the magical, I-thought-these-places-only-exist-in-movies, Airbnb of ours and headed for Laguna de Apoyo. This time, we decided to take the chicken bus all the way there.
It wasn't the most fun route we've taken, but it was most definitely the cheapest. Coming here from Granada on a private shuttle cost us each around $20. Heading back out taking only local transportation cost us each $5 between 3 chicken buses and 2 taxis. The cheapest bus ran for about 14 cordobas/ $.50 and the most expensive being $2 (one for my seat and one for my bag's seat). In comparison to Costa Rica, your money can take you a far distance and keep you here for a long stretch of time if you pick your travel and stay wisely.
By the time we got to Laguna de Apoyo, it started to pour. We're excited to be here though because we've only heard great things. A fresh water lake in the crater of an extinct volcano that's naturally heated sounds nothing but amazing! After dinner with two talking parrots, the rain kept us indoors and a deck of cards kept us entertained for the rest of the night. Haha we definitely spent the night cozying up to each other without a doubt. Coming from a mansion-like beach house to a 3-bed bedroom during a downpour will do that. #AnguianoFamVaca#LagunaDeApoyo#Nicaragua#rainydays#parrot#travelphotography#travelgram
This is one of my favorite places in Nicaragua. Declared a Nature Reserve in 1991, Laguna de Apoyo is a lake nestled in the caldera of an extinct volcano and surrounded by a dense, tropical dry forest ecosystem. I took this panoramic picture from the southwest side of the lagoon, near the pueblos blancos, while watching the mist slowly creep through the jungle to the sound of howler monkeys in the distance. Swipe left to reveal the panorama! #nicaragua#lagunadeapoyo#fstopgear#fstopgearlaunch2017