We visited the Catarina look out over Apoyo Lagoon in Nicaragua last winter. It was interesting to see the view from the top since we were staying at the bottom. The Apoyo Lagoon formed from the inverted cone of a volcano. It is warmed by hot springs and is the cleanest water in Central America. The green slopes hold a diverse variety of fauna. And a lot of Howler monkeys and Motmots. Our kind of place!
Boy were we attacked by "sales" people at this stop. My husband caved and bought 2 oval magnets. They are sized and polished so that they make a whizzing sound when you throw them together up in the air. The cats are fascinated by them. And they remind us of the trip. So I guess getting conned into them wasn't so bad.
Mombacho Volcano is on the right. I recently read in the newspaper that Nicaragua had a big earthquake. And all those Volcanos are no joke. At the active Masaya Volcano (not shown) they request you back into your parking spot. So you can make a quick escape! Uff da.
Our little cabana at the bottom of Apoyo Lagoon.
And our first outdoor bathroom!
It was quite the drive getting in and out of the crater for sightseeing. But worth it. We did all of our own driving in Nicaragua. And it is almost impossible to be a tourist driver and not get waved over by a police officer. So we had a whole variety of tricks up our sleeve for dealing with it. Tinted windows. Hats pulled down over our face hiding our gringo status. An expired driver's licence at the ready. And if we got pulled over we would act as confused as we really were. You heard right. We wouldn't need to act. But it never happened! I guess it is the watched pot phenomena. We've heard that if you just don't pull over, gas is too expensive to give chase anyway. But that was one thing we weren't planning to try.
A king fisher on the dock.
But what we really loved spotting were the Motmots.
The Turquoise-browed Motmot is quite a stunner. How does he keep his delicate tail so perfect?
We had a lot of fun at San Simeon on our last night. We were celebrating with a little Flor de Cana. O.K., a lot of Flor de Cana. When low and behold the owner brought out the aged 18 year variety. Some of the best in the world. Ours to taste for free! Well, we certainly didn't need it. But it made for a fun night. And more fun memories.