After riding loaded bikes day after day, it’s always a relief to ditch the kit for some lightweight trail riding. This time I convinced Jenny to forfeit one of her precious ‘rest days’ and join me on the MTB trails around Volcan Mombacho and Laguna Apoyo.[iframe height=’405′ width=’590′ frameborder=’0′ allowtransparency=’true’ scrolling=’no’ src=’http://www.strava.com/activities/85602470/embed/7c0c58124bb9695d354b60999befcba1863ece33′]
We rode south out of Granada towards Mombacho on tree covered dirt tracks before crossing the highway towards the south side of Apoyo. After climbing up to lip of the crater, we decided to abandon our planned route and explore a steep hiking trail leading down to the shore of the Laguna Apoyo. This turned into a very sweaty and slippery hike-a-bike descent through the jungle. The howler monkeys seemed to be laughing at us as we stumbled down towards the water.
It was worth the effort though; we reached the lagoon and found an easy route along the shore. We followed a scattering of expensive eco-boutique lodges until we found Comedor Elisabeth at the junction in the road. After our blood sugar levels were replenished, we tackled the paved 200m climb back out of the crater, followed by a long, easy descent back into Granada with beautiful views of the crater and Mombacho along the way.