As tourism has grown in the country, there has been an influx of visitors to the country. Many of these visitors come to take in a natural beauty, but poverty is often overlooked as these tourists explore the natural wonders throughout Nicaragua. It is no different for Laguna de Apoyo.
Laguna de Apoyo was declared a nature reserve in 1991 and is a popular tourist destination. Geologists believe that Lake Apoyo formed 23,000 years ago. Tourists head to the lake to check out the dark sand beaches, enjoy watersports, go diving, etc. But there is often little acknowledgment of the indigenous people living near the lake in shantytowns suffering in extreme poverty. This extreme property is not always ignored though. Organizations like The Peace Project have been created specifically to address poverty in this growing tourist hotspot.