Directions to Laguna De Apoyo
Driving, Bus, Taxi, Shuttles
From Masaya: Get to the Masaya-Granada Highway (carretera) heading towards Granada. At the 37 1/2 Kilometer mark, turn right into the entrance of the Laguna De Apoyo – it will be an uphill paved road. Follow the directions below from the entrance to get to the water.
From Granada: Get on the Masaya-Granada Highway (carretera) heading towards Masaya and Managua. At the 37 1/2 Kilometer mark, turn right into the entrance of the Laguna De Apoyo – it will be an uphill paved road. Follow the directions below from the entrance to get to the water.
From Managua: If you are in Managua then you need to get to the Masaya – Granada Highway (sometimes called Carretera Masaya), and head southeast towards Masaya. Stay on the Highway past Masaya and follow directions from Masaya above.
From Airport in Managua: From the airport make a right as you exit onto the Carretera Norte (Northern Highway). Continue along until you get to the Tipitapa Junction (about 8-10 minutes from the airport). Make a right towards Masaya and continue on until the road ends into Carretera Masaya (around 20 minutes). Make a left here and in 5-10 minutes you will see the entrance on your right. Turn right and follow the directions above from the entrance that lead to the water.
Entrance of Laguna De Apoyo on Carretera Masaya: The entrance is at the 37 1/2 Kilometer mark on the Carretera Masaya. Follow the road uphill for about 10 minutes or so and then you will get to a point where you will have to go left or right. (There should be two ‘pulperias’ or small stores on each corner.) Take a right here and then the next left which will come up fast in about 50-100 meters or so. You should what looks like a general entrance sign and start going downhill to the water.
From Granada: Take any Masaya (and most Managua) bound bus from Granada and ask to be dropped off at Laguna De Apoyo or “La entrada de la laguna”. Usually it stops there anyway and there are buses going this route every half hour or so. This will get you to the entrance to the Laguna which is along side the Caraterra Masaya (highway). From here you can easily catch a taxi over the rim to the water, flag a ride, or walk the up and down hour and a half or so to the water front. There are no direct busses from Granada to the waterfront of the Laguna De Apoyo, however there are from Masaya. See directions from the entrance for more detail.
From Masaya: There are two daily buses that leave Masaya and go down to the water front of Laguna De Apoyo. They generally leave Masaya Market at 10:30 and 3:30 and arrive in Laguna De Apoyo an hour later at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm. Last bus on Sundays leaves the market around 2:30pm. Look for the buses with ‘La Laguna’ on the name plate in front or walk through the bus lot until you hear someone yelling ‘La Laguna’. There is another bus called ‘El Valle’ that will go to the Laguna but it stops at the rim. From the rim it is about a 45 minute walk down to the water – the views are awesome and you can sometimes catch a ride. There is also a bus that leaves the Laguna De Apoyo for Masaya Market at 6:30 am.
From Granada to the Laguna De Apoyo will cost you around $10-12 USD.
From Masaya to the Laguna De Apoyo will be around $6-7 USD.
From Managua to the Laguna De Apoyo will be around $30-$40 USD depending on where you are and time of day.
Catching a taxi from within the Laguna is not impossible but not dependable. Sometimes there are one or two hanging out at the 4 small restaraunts in the Laguna and sometimes it is best to start walking out of the Laguna on the road and try to catch a taxi or ride from there to the highway.
To and From Granada:
Crater’s Edge has daily shuttle that leaves Hostel Oasis in Granada at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM and arrives in the Laguna at Craters Edge at 10:30 and 4:30. From there it goes back to Hostel Oasis in Granada. You can catch this shuttle for $1.50 USD. Bus holds 15 and guests at Craters Edge get first priority but usually there is some space. Put you name on the list at Oasis to get a seat.
Monkey Hut runs transportation from their sister hostel the Bearded Monkey in Granada to the Laguna and back Monday, Wednesday, Friday in the morning and afternoon as well.
Norome and Abuela probably have transportation options for guests only and if you are staying there or planning on it you should ask as they are probably able to pick you up.
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