Just 30 minutes from both Granada and Masaya, Laguna de Apoyo is a national nature reserve situated inside the rim of an extinct volcano. The volcano imploded around 23,000 years ago and formed the deepest point in Central America. The reserve is protected from development and the small rural community lives amongst a rich diversity of plants and animals, including two species of monkeys and thousands of species of butterflies.
The Laguna is a unique community since humble family homes are nestled among bustling hostels and wealthy vacation homes. Many of the community members work in the nearby hostels or as caretakers of the vacation homes. The community has one small Catholic church, a small primary school, and a couple pulperías. Secondary school students attend school up on crater’s rim for secondary school, and families take transportation to Masaya for market shopping and other necessities.