Although we went to Nicaragua looking for adventure, we also wanted some time to relax. Our lovely hosts whose apartment we rented off the internet insisted that if we were looking for a nice place to spend a day, we had to go to Laguna de Apoyo. The laguna was formed when the caldera of a very old volcano was flooded and filled with water. It's thermally vented, which means the water is about bath temperature. It's also so clean and clear you can see to the bottom near the shore. After the rather dirty Lago de Nicaragua, we approved of the idea.
Our cab driver dropped us off at the monkey hut, which was a day resort that charged $5 for canoes, kayaks, tubes, and a great place to hang out. I took up residence under this palm frond umbrella and proceeded to read an entire book.
I made a friend in the form of this little guy, who spent the day sunbathing on this rock wall.
We swam, floated lazily on tubes, and kayaked around the edge looking for howler monkeys, which we could hear but never did see. The water gets very deep very fast as the caldera is cone-shaped. It's between 150-250 meters deep (we found conflicting information from several sources), which I tried not to think about while we were in the middle of it, sitting atop tiny kayaks like tasty bite-sized morsels for the Central American Loch Ness monster I was certain was down there, waiting to strike.
Luckily we made it out unscathed and made our way merrily back to Granada to rest up for our next adventure.