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Horseback riding through the Bewitched Villages and the Apoyo Lagoon

Department: Masaya

Municipality: Catarina (view on map)

Type: Horseback Riding



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The magic of the bewitched villages, commonly known in Nicaragua as "Pueblos Brujos", can be easily discovered by a horseback riding through the area. The warmth of its people and the variety of candies that are made in this two towns are also attractive elements for tourists.

The tour begins in the towns of Diriá and Diriomo, located in the department of Granada, and continue until reaching the top of the Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve, known for its beautiful views, howler monkeys and for the presence of Nicaragua's national bird: Guardabarranco.

It is not necessary to have prior experience for this activity. However, it is recommended to wear closed toed shoes, jeans, sun block, a hat and bring a camera to capture the beauty of this two destinations.

The approximate cost of the tour is US$35 per person.

Getting There

Getting to: Apoyo Lagoon

Laguna de Apoyo is less than an hour from Managua. You should take the highway to Masaya (Carretera Masaya), and pass Masaya. At kilometer 37.5 you take a right (there are some signs, but do pay attention!). Keep following the road, and take a right where it stops and hits another road (this is after about 15 minutes from the highway). After maybe one minute you can enter the road that descends to the lagoon on your left.

There are also buses that go to the lagoon, but not all of them go down all the way. Sometimes you'll have to walk the last path. Public transportation can be taken either in the Masaya Market or at the entrance of the lagoon, located in the Km 37.5.