Relaxing Lake Side

Trip Start Oct 22, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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The Monkey Hut Hostel

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

    After several jam-packed days in hectic Masaya I decided to take a break from the cultural attractions and just relax by the lake ¨Laguna de Apoyo.¨ Less than 45 minutes from Masaya, the lake was a perfect spot to take a load off and enjoy some of Nicaragua´s natural beauty.
    After a cramped bus ride I arrived at the  utterly un-developed lake shore.  There are a barely any hotels and hostels and just a few restaurants that are actually just local families that will make you a home cooked meal.  I stayed at the Monkey Hut hostel, a beautiful place with a large deck overlooking the lake, a private dock and use of innertube and kayaks included in the price.  I paid $10 for a bed (expensive here) and kayaked a bit around the lake.  The only other people I saw were some local children playing and looking for fish.
    The whole place feels like a private paradise with tons of birds, fish and clear blue, warm water.  I tied up the kayak and swam around a bit looking at the fish. I noticed bubbles popping at the surface by the shore and I swam along the bottom watching the the natural hot springs.  The ground would be still for about 30 seconds and then belch a line of bubbles and then repeat the process over again. The rocks in that area were hot to the touch and I couldn´t stand on them for more than a few seconds. 
    I spent the next day and a half relaxing around the beach and kayaking through fields of tiny volcanic pebbles that float on the surface of the water.  I did a bit of hiking the second day through the forest that covers the steep valley leading down to the lake.  Some spider monkeys were playing in a tree chasing each other around.  They reminded me of large grey squirrels with giant tails. 
    Feeling relaxed and throughly sun-soaked I decided to head on to Granada and see some of its colonial architecture and museums. 
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