Volcanic Crater Swimming

Trip Start May 25, 2013
Trip End Jul 25, 2013

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Casa Apoya

Flag of Nicaragua  , Masaya,
Monday, June 24, 2013

Leaving the capital city if you are paying attention which we obviously where not, you pass two of the  countries most active and accessible volcanos.  At night you can climb up the volcano and watch the red glow of the lava flow, if it is not smoking too much.  Then we drove right past the  artesian markets where most of the handicrafts are made.  Luckily we did make it to Laguna de Apoya.  It is a crater lake inside a hopefully dormant volcano.  Considering it is on 20 miles from the capital city it is very serene and beautiful and seemingly untouristic. (or it is on the weekdays)  It is considered the best place to swim in Nicaragua and it{s easy to see why.  The refreshing mineral enhanced waters cleaned Zakks feet by the time he had swam 20 feet to the floating dock moored in the water.  The laguna is quite large and nestled in the volcano crater surrounded by tropical forest.  Several villages are along the rim of the crater, but a couple of miles down into the volcano thru the jungle is the lake. The lake is still and serene in the mornings its eerie when the kids swim so deep they disappear into the dark depths.  Very beautiful and another great hotel. We stayed in a three bedroom house overlooking the lake, with our own pool and even better a vcr with lots of movies we hadn{t seen.

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