We left Masaya en route to where we would be spending the next five days – Laguna de Apoyo. It was pretty easy to find being that it’s a huge, extinct volcano. We drove up and up and up the side of the crater and paid our $1 fare to enter the reserve at the top. As we started to descend down the other side the sight was un-be-lievable. The crater lake was so MASSIVE and overwhelmingly beautiful and blue. The road down was windy, steep, and boulder clad and I couldn’t help thinking how close to the cliff we really were. We saw elderly men huffing it up the steep road, sweating as they carried huge bails of sticks on their backs. Most of the homes in Apoyo use wood burning stoves, which is why these men needed the wood. Being that Laguna de Apoyo is a protected nature reserve, however, taking the wood is technically illegal, but I guess they don’t have many other options. It’s really hard to feel good about having the conveniences we do at home when you see people working this hard just to make a fire so they can feed their family.
We finally arrived on the shore of the laguna where the Peace Project Nicaragua was located. We were so excited to check out our home for the next week and meet the people we would be working with. Our adventure was really starting to begin….