One of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, Telica, is approximately 15 miles outside the city of León. My friend and I booked a day tour with Anry Rodriguez from Mas Adventures. After a two-and-a-half hour horseback ride followed by a two-hour hike in the hot sun, the three of us finally reached Telica by early afternoon. Even after our strenuous journey, I felt calm and peaceful in this moment. The volcano rumbled to our right, the beautiful valley stretched out before us, and we could smell the faint hint of sulfur in the air. We were alone, and it felt as though we were the first explorers to discover this exotic, breathtaking view.