The Monkey Hut
Del triangulo 50m a la izquierda, Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua
www.themonkeyhut.net - 8366-9986
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The Monkey Hut Laguna de Apoyo Reviews
I never miss this place, except when I'm not there. Aug 09, 2012
The Monkey Hut is the perfect spot for backpackers, honeymooners, daytrippers, or families. How do you get there? Most hostels in Granada will offer you a shared shuttle for $6 per person and I think that's round trip. If you're willing to go through a couple taxis you can find one willing to take you there for c$200(~US$8.50). This doesn't work out much cheaper if you're gonna need a ride back, but you can catch a chicken bus back if you want. If you go in a taxi or private car, there's a c$25(~US$1) toll at the top.
Once you go in the gate you realize you're in Paradise. Lush trees overshadow a nice building with a view behind of the most gorgeous crater lake I've ever seen. If you're staying for the day you have to pay US$6 enntrance fee (all prices US$ unless noted). If you're staying overnight, that's included through 1PM the next day. Dorm rooms go for $9 a night and private rooms go for $20 or $29 a night. You can also rent the Cabina for larger groups, check website for details. Inside the building is a kitchen, snacks, main desk, rooms, and bathroom (one for the upstairs private rooms, one for everyone else.) Outside is the patio with a swing, tables, hammocks, and that incredible view. As you make your way down, you find the entrance to the lower private room and , I believe, it's private bathroom. You're greeted with a steep boatramp-style walkway to the laguna with steps on the right side. Terraced land provides plenty of picnic spots with a few tables. There's also a bar on the right from which you get all drinks. At the bottom is a sun deck with penty of lounge chairs and a handful of kayaks (check with front desk to rent). The pier walks you out over the water and sits about 8 feet high and into 5-8 or so feet of water depending on how far out you jump. Also, there's a floating dock for lounging or jumping off just a little swim away. The only down side to the laguna is the wind/waves come directly to the Monkey Hut so debris (pretty light) gets blown that way.
The thing that stuck out to me this time was the number of people working there: it was a well oiled machine this time around. And even though it wasn't as laisse-faire as the old keep-track-of-it-yourself tab system that they used to have, you knew the place was better taken care of than in previous years. They also have an agreement with a delicious restaurant/pulpería down the road and will bring you good food for well under 10 bucks a person.
This is what I'll take away from this years trip: I stayed in a private room and it's not too much more expensive. It might be worth it sometimes. I finally kayaked the length of the laguna, make SURE to put on sunscreen and be prepared for a 4 hour ride. I got a great video of me bellyflopping from the dock, not for the amateur. A guy on the crew told me that some guy does hanggliding from the top of the crater on Sundays for $30. On nights when the crew decides to drink a bit after the people go to bed, you can get great conversations about life and politics and some free shots of Flor de Caña that might lead to late night swimimg.
Not my first time, and God-willing not my last.
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