Welcome to Lago de Apanás
The third-largest body of water in Nicaragua came into being in 1964 when the Mancotal dam was built on the Río El Tuma, just 6km north of Jinotega. It’s actually two lakes – the much larger Lago de Apanás (54 sq km) to the south, and Lago Asturias (3 sq km) to the north. The scenery here is lovely, with verdant hills running along the lake shore and thick forest all around. A good sealed road runs along the southern and eastern side of the lake all the way to Pantasma, whereas the road across the northern side of the lake is unsealed and makes for a slow and dusty ride.