The next day, we hopped in the Oasis shuttle that would take us directly from Granada to Paradiso in Laguna de Apoyo. As we drove through the National Park gate, we started to recognize the beautiful scenery from the last time we were here. Caira looked just like I did the first time I drove through the jungle–her head was tilted upwards, outside the window and eagerly looking for monkeys in the tall green trees. We drove down the hill, saw the always amazing view of the lake and turned left at the pulperia rather than right towards the Apoyo Lodge. Just a minute after we passed the pulperia we pulled up to the gated resort.
We jumped out of the shuttle and walked through the gate, excited to see the resort, meet the managers and jump into that clear clean blue lake. We were greeted by a sweet french man, Vincent, who was expecting us. He asked us and the rest of the gang to join him as he would give us a quick tour of the property.
We walked down the long fight of cement stairs through the luscious green tropical garden down to the terrace. The terrace was surrounded by a colorful garden filled with purple, orange and yellow flowers, along with several different butterflies and had a few tables and chairs for people to eat while enjoying the view.
Across the way was the check-in area as well as the restaurant kitchen. He told us that there was complementary coffee and tea and to help ourselves to as much as we wanted–I was very excited for a big cup of strong Nica coffee to start my mornings while I was here.
We kept walking down the long, long stairway down toward the lake–I had a feeling if we did stay here I would be able to stay in shape just simply by walking up and down these stairs everyday! Then, I looked up and saw it. The laguna. It was even more beautiful than I remembered it. Maybe because it was a perfectly sunny day, the lake was blue and the temperature a cool 80 degrees. It was perfect.
I couldn’t wait to put my bathing suit on. Vincent took us back upstairs to check us into room 10–a private room with a shared bathroom. We threw our stuff down, put our bathing suits on and then headed straight for the lake. We had so much to do–kayak, swim, layout on the dock, drink Toña, relax in a hammock and eat. It was a tough life, but someone had to do it. We were very happy to be here.
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