Laguna De Apoyo was halfway between Masaya and Granada so we stopped by to try out the water. What we found was an overpriced tourist resort. Some places asked for $30 a night.
The most we paid up until that point was $5 a night.
That day, we entered a different Nicaragua than the one we were used to. The Costa Rican border wasn’t far and we could feel it. Groups of tourists were walking around with cameras in hand.
Hide that shit, you’re in Central America!
Offended, we walked passed the foreign-owned hotels and pitched our tent in a backyard. Always the best solution.
When we got in the water we realized we were swimming in a volcano crater. The water tasted like sulfur. It was nice. Easy to float. Good for the skin.
They also say it’s the cleanest lagoon in Nicaragua, but a local biologist told us several tons of plastic garbage sit at the bottom of the crater. He was working with Nicaraguan Marines to pull the trash out over the next few years.
Still, it was a good swim.
We would’ve stayed longer, but the lack of food drove us away. There were no stores near Apoyo. No markets. Everyone ate at restaurants.
The place was made for tourists with bigger budgets so we moved on.