This is all getting a little out of sync, however...
I managed to grab a first trip out of town this weekend gone. I'd been hanging on for wor lass to join me here - she's got commitments in Aus - before I started seeing the sights.
However Laguna De Apoyo was calling me. Gin-clear water, monkeys in the trees, breeze etc etc and all just 20 minutes from Granada. I couldn't wait any longer.
I stayed at a place called San Simian. It's something of a best kept secret to date. Still new and even Googling it comes up with nothing (well not until this is published).
Anyway, it was all rather good.
The laguna is something else. I'd been warned about getting in. Walk out a couple of feet then, bang, it's 200 feet down. It's true. You could see the rays of sun disappearing right down into the depths.
The water is ringed by a crater, all formed from volcanic explosion. It's like a funnel with the water being the spout - a graduated drop down then suddenly there's no floor. The bottom of the laguna is the lowest point in Nicaragua. Yup, it's that deep.
This is starting to become a recurring theme but thanks to the kindness of the owners I was given a sizable discount. Much obliged. It was a beautiful weekend and it's good to see such a low density, eco-led place opening up.
In addition, the efforts of the management created an atmosphere conducive to quiet relaxation within a wider setting of guests mingling and eating and drinking together. Nice job.
Finally, as gorgeous as it all was, you couldn't help but think how much more beautiful it will all be after the rainy season when the brown tinge of the hills is replaced by that deep Nica green. I shall be back.