It is located between the departments of Masaya and Granada. It was declared a natural reserve by Decree 42-91, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta No. 213 on November 4, 1991.


Support Lagoon

It is a body of water of volcanic origin with an area of ​​4,172 hectares, being the largest of the crater lagoons in Nicaragua with its circular shape measuring 6 kilometers in diameter.

Among the most common species found on the shores of the lagoon are: sardinillo, beef guácimo, guarumo, aromo, ceiba, cedar, tigüilote, genízaro, chaperno, jocote, tempisque, hawk, talchocote, carao, chilamate, melero, madero black, pochote, pore-pore, blackberry, vanillo, strawberry tree, quebracho, custard apple, capulín, panama, achiote, aguijote, javillo, pig egg, chilca montero, jalacate de monte, abutilon, five negrito, 2 species of chischil, jícama de monte, chonete bean of the little one, serjania, batatilla, beautiful, cat's claw, selaginella, conchita grass, begonia.

The fauna of the slopes is made up of diverse mammals such as howler monkeys, deer, coyotes, opossums and keepers. Within the lagoon there are guapotes, mojarras, crabs, shrimp, other aquatic arthropods, and some autochthonous species.


  • Swimming 
  • Scuva diving
  • Kayak

visit him

  • Own vehicle: Access by the Masaya-Granada highway, at kilometer 37½, is taken 4.5km south on a dirt road and then 2.1km by paved road with steep slopes until reaching the lagoon itself.
  • Public transport: You can board a bus at the UCA terminal or Mercado Huembes for a value of 21 córdobas, which goes to Granada and leaves the entrance to the lagoon at km 37½, at this point it is possible to board a taxi that will take you to site of preference of the support lagoon.