Explore Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve & Enjoy Catarina
Over the last 23, 000 years, the sleeping volcanic creator, Apoyo, has filled with subterranean waters and rain while its sides grew lush with vegetation and birdlife. And lucky for us, its inhabitants are willing to share the incredible view and peaceful waters.
Lying 45 minutes outside of Managua, this trip is a perfect day escape. We will take in the incredible view of the crater lagoon from the small town of Catarina perched above the reserve. From there we will then make our way down to spend the afternoon on the shore of the volcano, swimming and kayaking.
It is the perfect vacation adventure tale - "I was floating on a volcano!"
It is a private tour, accommodating up a group of four. We can work around your schedule to make the tour just right for you.
We will begin our volcanic adventure by picking you up at your hotel. As we head off toward Masaya, we can stop for snacks and supplies as requested. From there we will make the following two stops:
This adorable town overlooks the reserve and provides visitors with incredible views, local hand-crafted souvenirs, and restaurants with perfect seating to take in the calm blue waters. It is a definite photo-op destination.
Laguna de Apoyo Reserve
We will then enter the national reserve and head down to the shores of the volcano. There are various inviting private cabanas that offer shore-side luxuries such as kayaks, inner-tubes, hammocks, cold drinks, good coffee, and made to order food.
We'll plan to return to Managua before 5PM, to avoid rush-hour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Will pick-up at the airport, any hotel/location in Managua.
End location: Will drop-off at hotel.
Duration: 7 hours
There may be slight delays if the tour starts or ends during rush hour (7am - 8am or 5pm - 7pm)
A comfortable modern Sedan with air-conditioning and space for four passengers.
- Hotel pick-up
- Guiding Fees
- Local Daily Newspaper
- Cold Bottled Water
- Entrance Fees to the Reserve
- Day Fee for Shore Entrance
- Parking Fees
- Gas and Vehicle Costs
Estimated Local Cash Needed
850 Cordobas - This translates to about US $30. This would be used to cover lunch at the Laguna de Apoyo National Reserve and some extra spending cash for souvenir shopping in Catarina.
Meals and Souvenir Shopping