San Simian Eco Lodge on the Laguna de Apoyo

“Are you looking for a true experience in and with nature? An escape from the bustle and noise of civilization? Then you are at the right place with us. ”

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Spend the night in one of our five rustic bungalows in a tropical dry forest garden right on the shores of the deep blue Laguna de Apoyo. Awake to the songs of local birds, the whisper of the forest or the cry of a howling monkey. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in our Lodge restaurant. Or you may prefer to wait till lunch or dinner to sample our excellent cuisine. Our kitchen is well known for its delicious, traditional meals prepared with regionally grown produce and exotic local fruits. By the way, vegetarians need not go hungry!



Relax in a hammock near the beach with a refreshing drink from the bar. Recuperate from the stress you left behind with the daily paper or a book from our in-house library. This is small but well stocked with a variety of German, English and Spanish literature.

Want some action? How about a hike in the National Park or simply explore the amazing flora and fauna right around the Lodge. Water sports are right at hand: sparkling clean, pleasantly warm water invites you for a swim or a scuba dive reveals the splendors of the underwater world. Also at your disposal are kayaks, a row boat and a catamaran. Ready for some culture? Granada or Masaya are just a short drive away.

We are ready to assist you with lunch packets, transportation and useful tips as required. A tour guide in Spanish, German, or English for one day trip can be arranged. Such guides are a wealth of information on the culture and history of Nicaragua. For real Spanish immersion, lessons at your personal proficiency level could also be organized.

The Lodge is only a half hour’s drive from Granada and 20 minutes from Masaya. If you don’t have your own car, we would be happy to pick you up there or at the airport in Managua (about one hour’s drive).
Be our guest. We look forward to your visit!
San Simian Lodge


How to get there:

From Masaya: Take the main highway Masaya-Granada (Carretera Masaya) towards Granada. At the 37.5 kilometer mark (GPS coordinates N 11° 58’ 21.1” – W 086° 01’ 32.0”), turn right in the direction of Laguna de Apoyo (see road sign). You are now on a road that is paved the whole way and runs steeply uphill for about 10 minutes. You will arrive at a T-intersection where there are a few small shops. Turn right here. After approximately 100 meters, turn left. Then, 200 meters further on you will come to the entrance of the Laguna where you will
find an information board and a gate supervised by a park guardian. The road now goes steeply downhill until, after 5 kilometers, you reach another T-intersection. Turn right. Another 2 kilometers brings you to Hotel Apoyo Resort and Spa. The paved road ends here but don’t worry. The rest of the route is also in good condition the whole year round, even without 4-wheel drive. Just one more kilometer and you have reached your destination. A sign on the left welcomes you to the San Simian Lodge (GPS coordinates N 11° 54’38.6” – W 086° 03’ 21.4”).

From Granada:
Take the main highway Granada Masaya (Carretera Masaya) in the direction of Masaya. After 37.5 kilometers (GPS coordinates N 11° 58’ 21.1” – W 086° 01’ 32.0”) (see marker on the side of the road), turn left towards Laguna de Apoyo. From here follow the directions given above.