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Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo and Escuela de Español/Spanish School FUNDECI/GAIA

Prices Effective January 1, 2017

WiFi internet access free at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo!

Be an Eco-warrior Environmental Volunteer during 2017.

You can now make reservations online and use Paypal or your credit card for payment. Check for availability first, please! We are small and we often sell out.

Transport to/from Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo

There are several options to reach Laguna de Apoyo. Public transport and taxis are available from Masaya and Granada (check tour guides for latest schedules). With advance notice, we can take you in a private vehicle, at the prices stated below.

Managua or Sandino Airport (one or two persons) $55
Managua or Sandino Airport (per additional person) $20
Masaya (one or two persons) $15
Granada (one or two persons) $20
Masaya or Granada (per additional person) $5

Hostel Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo

Overnight stays at Hostel Estación Biológica in Laguna de Apoyo can include breakfast with fried eggs, gallo pinto, granola, milk, fruit, and great, organic coffee for additional US3.50. Lunch and dinner are prepared fresh daily, with lots of locally produced vegetables. Wifi is available free of charge to all our overnight guests.

hostel overnight stay, single room, shared bath $12
hostel overnight stay, double room, shared bath $20
hostel overnight stay, single room, private bath $21
hostel overnight stay, double room, private bath $31
dorm stay $7.00
lunch, dinner (homecooked, including fresh fruit drink) $5.00

Activities Estación Biológica L aguna de Apoyo

You can engage in a number of ecotouristic activities in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Our kayaks are swift, single-person kayaks made to circle the entire lake, unlike those found at other facilities in Lake Apoyo. We can take certified divers on dives. Birdwatching excursions begin at 6 am and we usually see at least 25 species of birds in the first 90 minutes. Our guides for scuba diving and birdwatching a published authors of peer-reviewed scientific reports and the recognized experts in the biodiversity of our area.

kayak rental 4 hours $5
scuba diving two tanks $60
birdwatching 90 minutes, per person (minimum two persons) $5
birdwatching three hours, per person (minimum two persons) $10

Volunteering Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo

Volunteers at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo are expected to work 40 hours per week. Volunteers work on reforestation, wildlife monitoring, and recycling. Prices include dorm accomodations and all meals. A two-week minimum commitment is required for special volunteer prices.

volunteer program-one week (dorm) $90
volunteer program-two weeks (dorm) $170
"Eco-warrior" environmental volunteer program-four weeks (dorm) $320
volunteer program-one week (private room) $140
volunteer program-two weeks (private room) $280
volunteer program-four weeks (private room) $440

Apoyo Spanish School

All Spanish language instruction programs and prices at Apoyo Spanish School include meals, room, activities, and instruction costs for the time of program. These prices include all meals and room from Sunday pm before first Monday of classes through Saturday am after last Friday of classes. Prices include double room for individual instruction and dormitory for group instruction. Our "backpacker Spanish program" includes group classes at the beginner level, all meals, and volunteering at Estación Biológica. For other small-group programs, consult us for prices. All plans come with great meals with lots of organic vegetables! And the best coffee in Nicaragua.

1 week individual instruction $250
2 weeks individual instruction $470
3 weeks individual instruction $680
4 weeks individual instruction $870
Backpackers special!!! small-group instruction with dorm (beginners only) $175
Spanish classes only (one on one instruction) $125

Reservations and Cancellations

The price of each program is due on or before initiation of program. Cancellations should be made at least one week in advance, and a 25% cancellation fee will be applied ($30 minimum). We work on the basis of reservations principally, and with a very small margin above cost, making advance notice vital in our programming, to provide high-quality programs. Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more.  Advance reservations and deposit are recommended. Payment is accepted is US dollars or in Nicaraguan cordobas at the current rate, in cash or you can pay using PayPal. We do have some sold out periods, so you should confirm availability in advance.

Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more.  Advance reservations and deposit are recommended. Travelers checks can not be accepted, due to difficulty in handling them in Nicaragua. Write to us at, or call 011-505-8882-3992.

Nicaragua Spanish School Apoyo Cultural Center

The views around Lake Apoyo are spectacular. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.



Nicaragua Spanish School Centro Cultural Apoyo

Meeting the members of our friendly community in Laguna de Apoyo is easy. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.



Nicaragua Spanish School

Meals at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo are prepared with locally grown, natural ingredients for healthy eating.


Granada Spanish School

Apoyo Spanish School is beneath this scenic view of Laguna de Apoyo from Catarina.