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Life in the Laguna: Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

For the past 35 days Apoyo Lodge & Camp in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve has been the place Gord and I have called home. To view some photos of Apoyo Lodge and area click here.

Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve consists of a volcanic crater lake and tropical forest that houses an unfathomable number of flora, fauna, bird, butterfly and animal species.

– Bright & beautiful flowers line the road of the reserve

– Monkey sitings are a common occurrence, but capturing a good photo of one is not

In the lake there are six species of fish that are only found here in the waters of the laguna. To catch a glimpse of what they look like check out our video below.

We moved to Laguan de Apoyo because our friend Shamus needed someone to take care of his place (and his pets) while he spent a month in Canada.  Life here has been very different from life in Granada.  For starters we are responsible for 3 dogs, 2 cats and 1 goat.

– Gord, 2 of 3 dogs and the goat

Since all of our food is purchased in Granada meal planning has to happen in advance, instead of one or two hours before we want to eat. When we lived in city we walked everywhere, but with the lodge sitting on the waters edge at the end of a road – that could be described as a trail – we need to drive everywhere. 

Prior to our move we thought we’d be bored in the laguna and to be honest we were a bit apprehensive about living in seclusion. To our pleasant surprise living at Apoyo Lodge has been much, much better than we could have imagined. 

Our kitchen, living room and dining room are open to the outside. We love going to sleep at night with all the doors and windows in our suite open.  Waking up to a view of the laguna and the calls of howler monkeys in the distance has been as great as it sounds. We’ve both enjoyed swimming in the lake and hanging out in the rancho.

We’ve also enjoyed the wide open spaces, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Experimenting with the wood oven has been great fun. Providing rides to local families and school children on our way out of the park has helped us feel, in some small way, part of the community.

– The oven can reach temperatures upwards of 700 degrees

– Our first attempt at pizza & it couldn’t have tasted better

“Living in the Laguna has been a memorable experience that has taught us a lot.”  

We’ve learned how to de-skunk a dog, what to do when a goat cracks its horn, who to call when the power goes down, how to safely remove ticks and how to care for a young parrot. We’ve also learned to live with many different and interesting critters of the Nicaraguan jungle.

– Green Parrot Snake

– The biggest toad I’ve ever seen

Gord has learned where all the major bumps and obstacles are on the road and I’ve learned that I need to start using my macro lens more often.

– Papaya flower shot with my Pentax K7

When we visited Apoyo Lodge for the first time 5 months ago we never imagined we’d be taking care of the place one day. We are so glad that we were able to help our friends out and so very grateful for this time we’ve had experiencing life in the laguna.

To view more photos that capture Life in the Laguna click here.  

Apoyo Lodge & Camp: Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

To celebrate my 37th birthday Gord and I decided to take a vacation from our vacation.  We packed our bags, hopped on the micro bus and made our way to Laguna de Apoyo.  

Rated #1 on Trip Advisor for Specialty Lodging in the area we opted to stay at Apoyo Lodge & Camp.  As soon as we put our bags down and got settled into our room I knew we made the right choice for accommodations.  Our room was spacious, airy and super clean.  

Sleeping with the windows and doors open all night was the best!  We had our own private balcony that overlooked the laguna.  

We unpacked our things and freshened up a bit before I helped myself to a cold Tona from the fridge and took a seat in one of the hammock chairs. 

Apoyo Lodge’s refreshment station works on an honor system.  Basically you help yourself to whatever beverage you want and then mark it down on your tab.  Whether you’re in the mood for a mojito or champagne they have it all!  Non-alcoholic drinks are also available.

Although we brought some of our own food we opted to have Sasha cook lunch for us. After all, we were on vacation!  The Cabbage Ginger Wraps with Peanut Sauce were slightly spicy, a bit crunchy and extremely tasty!  The Almond Cranberry Feta Salad that came with our wraps offered the ever so good sweet and bitter combo.  This healthy, vegetarian lunch was a welcomed change from the typical Nicaraguan food we’ve been eating for the last two months.  Before we were even finished our meal we knew we wouldn’t be doing any of our own cooking for the remainder of our stay because it would be better left to the professionals.

In the morning we woke up to the sound of the howler monkeys and tropical birds and the best continental breakfast ever.  All you can eat fresh fruit, whole grain toast and coffee, good coffee that is, was included in our nightly room rate. The display you see below was prepared by Shamus.

In addition to the the clean, clear refreshing waters of the laguna amenities at Apoyo Lodge include a floating dock…

…a Hookah Lounge and…

…a private rancho with kitchen for guests to use.  

Apoyo Lodge also has a BBQ, a skate park, inner tubes, paddle boards, a paddle boat and a sailboat and hammocks for guests to use.

The moment we arrived at Apoyo Lodge we felt comfortable and at ease with our hosts Shamus & Sasha.  Over the course of the weekend we enjoyed great conversation and shared lots of laughs. We look forward to hanging out with this fellow Canadian couple again later this month when they’ll be in our neck of the woods. In addition to Shamus & Sasha’s company we also enjoyed the time we spent with Apoyo Lodge’s furry friends Do, Kongo and Maude.

My birthday weekend at Apoyo Lodge was an all-around awesome one.  We can’t wait to go back!  

To view more photos of our weekend at Apoyo Lodge and Laguna de Apoyo click here.

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