Nicaragua
El Edén

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  • Day74

    Granada/ Laguna de Apoyo

    June 3, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Another early morning and another local bus, we start heading back South to Granada. Kris has left us to fend for ourselves but Lindsay has decided to come with us- Yay! Never a dull moment on the buses- no air con and all the windows are closed this time so we almost suffocate. We also pass some utes on the road with passengers riding in the tray- one in particular has a few deck chairs strapped to the tray with some relaxed local sleeping in them- ingenious!

    Granada is a romantic little city with a nice central plaza complete with horse drawn carts waiting for customers. Much more touristy than Leon though. We arrive at our hostel (Hostel Momento- its great, hammocks everywhere) get shown around and soon discover there is no water- "Oh, there's no water in the city at the moment, didn't anyone tell u?" Um... No...

    Nonetheless we drop our bags and set off again for Laguna de Apoya, the biggest and most pristine lake in the Granada region, a bus and short taxi ride away. Bus experts now we get to the turnoff fine. A row of taxi drivers are waiting. "Hola, how much to the lake?" The taxi driver smirks at us and says "200 cordobes". What?! Ok, that is only about $8 but we know the ride is only meant to cost 0.8c per person. He refuses to negotiate so we walk off in a huff. Hm.. its a long 6km walk down, how are we going to get there? Luckily at this point a nice American lady Larissa passes in her ute and gives us a lift down- Hurray! Take that thieving taxi drivers!!

    The lake is stunning!! We get off at Laguna Beah Hotel and pay our $7 entry- there are hotels dotted all around the lake you can go to for a day visit. As soon as we walk in- Wow. A beautiful garden and deck leading down to the lake to the most amazing view, there's a restaurant and bar, deck chairs, 2 floating pontoons as well as kayaks and SUPs for the guests to use. Magical. We easily wile away the rest of the day here.

    Highlights of the day include watching our clumsy friend Lindsay drop all her things in the water repeatedly and playing with Coco, the beautiful brown Labrador obsessed with catching and eating rocks.

    Back to Granada for some local food with some newfound friends and its another great day complete :-)
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  • Day246

    Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

    February 1, 2018 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌬 31 °C

    29. Januar - 1. Februar 2018

    Wir sind nun auf dem Weg nach San Carlos, wo wir auf dem Río San Juan eine mehrtägige Kanutour unternehmen wollen. Zuerst machen wir aber noch einen Abstecher zur Laguna Apoyo, die zwischen Granada und Managua liegt. Hier gönnen wir uns ein etwas besseres Boutiquehotel, das Suti mir zum Geburtstag geschenkt hat; inklusive Massage:). Wunderschön gelegen und mit Liebe zum Detail dekoriert. Genau das Richtige:). Von unserer Terrasse haben wir durch Baumäste hindurch einen schönen Blick auf den See. Auch können wir die Brüllaffen beim Fressen auf den Bäumen beobachten. Der französische Besitzer organisiert sogar extra eine Yogainstruktorin für uns. Jaa, wir lassen es uns gutgehen und geniessen es in vollen Zügen:). Einziger Wermutstropfen: nach zwei Tagen gehts schon weiter...

    ...nach Managua, wo wir nochmals bei unserem altbekannten Airbnb übernachten. Netterweise fährt uns der "Papá" früh am nächsten Morgen zum Mercado Mayoreo, wo wir die Schlussetappe von sieben Stunden Busfahrt nach San Carlos antreten werden. Der Papá ist ein lustiger und interessanter Zeitgenosse und erzählt uns munter aus seinem Nähkästchen. So hat er in Italien Medizin studiert und danach - wieso auch immer - "viele Male" eine Audienz beim Papst erhalten. Zudem war er Gesundheitsminister von Nicaragua und auch nicaraguanischer Botschafter in den USA (unter US-Präsident George W. Bush); und hat den Expräsidenten somit natürlich auch getroffen:). Zur Bestätigung hängen Bilder von ihm, zusammen mit den getroffenen Personen, in der Wohnung. Die Geschichten sind also wahr:).

    Memories: gekaufte Früchte (Preis mühsam runtergehandelt) im Taxi liegengelassen; "Illegal" gepflückte Banänchen werden auch nach 2 Wochen nicht reif; Beste Pizza von ganz Lateinamerika gibt es in Managua, im "Pane e Vino". Echt wahr; Sehr teures, gluteinfreies Mehrkornbrot mit Chiasamen in winziger Bäckerei gekauft. Hatte den Geschmack von sehr trockenem Kuchen, zerbröselte schon vor dem Essen und war mit Käse und Schinken einfach nur ungeniessbar. Die Fische und Vögel in San Carlos waren da begeisterter.
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  • Day92

    Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua

    May 21, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    How long: 2 nights
    Stayed: Paradiso Hostel
    Travelling with: Susan, Derek, Tom & Vinnie

    Such a fantastic couple of days spent in the Paradiso Hostel at Laguna Apoyo. This place wasn't on the agenda at all but as we were sitting on the hostel in Granada and Tom was describing it and told us his plan to go we decided to jump in. Also managed to convince Vinnie to join us for a couple of days.
    Got a shuttle with Susan and Derek after we had recovered (somewhat) from the effecst of the night before and made the short trip to Paradiso and were met with a little taste of Paradise.
    The lake is basically the crater of an extinct volcano and the hostel is perched on the edge with its feet dangling in the water. Such amazing views and a wonderful chilled out vibe. The water is amazing, warm, clean and so refreshing.
    Next two days and nights spent swimming, floating in inner tubes, eating lots and drinking way too much rum and coke. Met some crazy people (a girl called Kitten for example), had some adventures (including some naked, midnight crater swimming) and generally made the most of this great place. Fun times with great peoole!!
    Was sad to leave but the journey must go on!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

El Edén, El Eden

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