I have been in the colonial cities León in the north and Granada in the south of Nicaragua. Both are great starting points for tours to the volcanoes, lakes and the Pacific Ocean. I have climbed three not very high volcanoes: Telica and Cerro Negro near León and Maderas on the beautiful island Ometepe in the Lake Nicaragua. Volcano boarding is all the rage at the Cerro Negro. On the Pacific coast near León and near San Juan del Sur I have seen hatching of small sea turtles. Very impressive.