excursions & tours
Apoyo Lodge has a privileged central location within Nicaragua that allows for easy access to some of the incredible sights this country has to offer. We are happy to arrange these excursions for you, and to help you plan the rest of your stay in the area.
Granada City & The 365 Isletas
This half-day trip allows you to enjoy a tour of the colorful colonial city of Granada and a boat/SUP trip through Las Isletas in Lake Cocibolca, the great lake of Nicaragua.
Situated at the foot of the impressive Mombacho Volcano, Granada drips with photogenic elegance, a picture postcard at every turn. Visit the Cathedral and the Convento de San Francisco (oldest church in Central America), then take a stroll down the pinturesque Calzada street with its cafés and restaurants. After the city tour, you will head over to the Marina Cocibolca to board your boat for a tour of Las Isletas. Alternatively, we also offer the option to take a SUP tour instead.
Las Isletas consist of around 365 small volcanic islands which were formed when the Mombacho Volcano erupted about 20,000 years ago. Today, many of the small islands are inhabited by families who make their living from fishing, while other islands play host to extravagant villas owned by Nicaragua’s rich and famous. An additional point of interest is the San Pablo fort that was built in the 18th century to protect Granada against English pirates.
Granada is located only a 40 minute drive from Apoyo Lodge, and this tour is available in the morning or afternoon.
Masaya's Markets & Volcano National Park
This half day tour includes a visit to the town of Masaya, the Nicaraguan capital of folklore and handicrafts, and a trip to the Masaya Volcano National Park where you can admire the majestic and imposing crater of Santiago, the most heavily venting volcano in Nicaragua.
Masaya's Artisan Market is a wonderful place to stroll , with attractive booths separated by wide and breezy walkways, showcasing the highest quality crafts in the country. Its Local Market is the biggest one in the country outside of Managua, and a great place to inmerse yourself in typical Nicaraguan day to day way of life.
Masaya Volcano National Park is an unmissable visit whilst in Nicaragua, as it is not every day you get to take a peek inside an active volcano. The Spaniards called it "The Gate to Hell" for a very good reason. This visit is available both during day time, to be able to explore the hiking trails around the park, or in the evening, to get a chance to see the lava in its full glory.
Masaya is located a mere 25 minutes from Apoyo Lodge.
Mombacho Volcano Hike & Zipline Tour
This trip includes a ride in an army truck from the base of the volcano to the top, stopping along the way to visit a coffee plantation and the lush cloud forest with incredible panoramic views of Granada and Lake Nicaragua.
There are four craters at the top of the volcano and there are different hiking trails varying in difficulty. This tour includes a guided hike through El Puma Trail, a challenging hike definitely worth the effort. You see different types of forest and the views are great. Several platforms give you superb views and make you feel the strong wind on the volcano. This hike is 4hs long and includes an expert guide.
Optional Zip Line Canopy Tour: zip through the treetops as you go from platform to platform ranging in height from 10 to 100 feet above the canopy floor. All guests are accompanied by an expert instructor and provided with high quality equipment, including helmets, pulleys, and gloves.
Mombacho Volcano is located only 10 km outside of Granada and 20 minutes from Apoyo Lodge.
San Juan del Sur
This full day tour takes you to the once sleepy fishing village of San Juan del Sur, known these days as the surf capital of Nicaragua.
You will have time to explore this famous little town, with its many shops and restaurantes, as well as enjoying its iconic sunset by the beach. Hike up or drive to the Christ Redeemer statue that overlooks town, which is the second biggest statue of Jesus in the American Continent. From here you will enjoy one of the finest views in the area.
There is an option to include a surf lesson in one of the famous beaches in the area for those who feel like hitting the waves. Depending on your surf level and beach style, we can take you to Playa Hermosa or Playa Maderas, both of them located about 30 mins away from San Juan del Sur. Your surf lesson will include tuition in English, equipment and rash guard.
San Juan del Sur is located 1.5hrs away from Apoyo Lodge, and can be experienced on a full day tour.