Relaxing Lake Side
Trip Start Oct 22, 2007
8Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
The Monkey Hut Hostel
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 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.