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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to La Mariposa Spanish School 2 weeks in October 2016. The experience was super great ! It was the beginning of my trip in Nicaragua, staying 2 weeks, homestay, was a wonderful way to start to understand the country, customs and language (spanish course, history, activities around the school...) Teachers are very professionals, structured and always enthusiast, from...

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Vancouver Island, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent three weeks at La Mariposa and received not only superb Spanish instruction but also became educated in important historical, political and cultural aspects of Nicaragua. The staff went out of their way to make the students comfortable and feel welcomed. The community of staff, students, and the local community were a vital starting off point for my travels...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was simply amazing and I LOVED every moment of it! Everyone I came into contact with was just so welcoming and so friendly. It offered an opportunity to just be at ease and to try new things all of which were wondrous and so much fun! I have already decided to go back... it is only a question...

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed for 2 weeks, had no experience with Spanish speaking. My teachers were so great! Patient and motivated and good people! The food was scrumptious, the location was divine! I am an avid bird watcher and had a blast walking the grounds. Go there! You won't regret!

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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved my first visit to La Mariposa. The staff was welcoming, knowledgeable, and willing to go above and beyond to plan and tailor excursions to what we wanted to see and do. It's a wonderful deal for the price. The option of delicious, home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is awesome when traveling - as someone who eats...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I want to share the joy of staying at La Mariposa in Nicaragua. I first went in April, on my own, for 2 weeks and have already been back for 2 more weeks- this time with a friend as I cannot recommend the place highly enough. And I will definitely go back again. The flights are not cheap from the...

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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Where to start? This was my third stay at La Mariposa and I absolutely love every aspect of it. From the other travellers (always interesting people), to the views (absolutely breathtaking), to the food (mouthwatering), to the activities (thrilling), down to the people who make it all happen (some of the kindest, most knowledgeable, funniest people around), La Mariposa is...

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A friend and I were at La Mariposa for 11 days in December. We studied Spanish every day for 4 hours and went on wonderful activities planned by the very attentive staff. The lessons were very good- be expected to study and do some homework if you want to improve, which we all did at the lovely outdoor tables. La...

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paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this review. Indeed we are not fancy and I think the website makes that pretty clear! Thank you also for pointing out that there are lots of animals around the place...it is really important that visitors appreciate that this is home to our rescued dogs and cats etc - we...

Manhattan, Kansas
Reviewed 5 November 2016

My flight out of Miami was delayed two hours because the airport was closed due to the weather. When I landed in Managua I thought, now what? To my surprise as I walked out of the airport two hours late there was my driver standing with his sign. By the time I arrived at Mariposa I was famished. After showing...

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paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to do us this terrific review! I will pass on your appreciation to the driver who waited for you at the airport as well!! It was great to have you here too and we are all hoping you come back in the not too distant future!

Vina del Mar, Chile
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We stayed at a homestay while we took four weeks of Spanish lessons as the first section of our trip to South America. I was traveling with my girlfriend, and while she had some basic Spanish I was starting with only a semester of high school (from 5 years ago) under my belt. We found the lessons to be excellent...

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paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for this review, I am glad you enjoyed the classes and that we helped your Spanish to improve! Hope to see you both again some day.

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La Mariposa is a small, friendly non-profit Spanish school and eco-hotel, just outside the small town of La Concepcion, Nicaragua. Only an hour from Nicaragua's major attractions - Granada, the Pacific Coast, the Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya volcano - and 45 minutes from Managua airport, La Mariposa is surrounded by organic coffee, banana trees and flower gardens. Our cool, green climate (we are 500 meters above sea level - makes a real difference to the temperature) is ideal for studying Spanish! Our conservation efforts - though small scale - have vastly increased our bird population, butterflies and even frogs! We offer intensive Spanish classes in our purpose built classrooms or in outdoor classrooms in our delightful grounds, full of tropical plants and rescued animals. Classes are mostly one on one (max 2 or 3 in a class) and we cater for all levels form beginner to advanced, including specially designed classes for children. We have an extensive library with Spanish study materials and a selection of books in English on Nicaraguan history, development issues etc. We organize a full week (that includes weekends) of activities, including cooking and salsa classes, classes on the history of Nicaragua and a weekly update of what is happening in the Nicaraguan news. These are delivered in Spanish to help with progress in Spanish and with English translation if necessary. On 3 afternoons and Saturdays we offer trips out to local places of interest as well as the Masaya volcano by night, the Masaya markets and artesanias, Granada, Leon, the Laguna de Apoyo, the Pacific beach, Managua, Catarina, the Pueblos Blancos and more! The trips are rotated on a monthly schedule. There are various accomodation options - Students can stay in the eco-hotel (ensuite rooms) or our eco rooms (cheaper). There is a also a large (en suite) family room. Situated about 5 mins from the main school/hotel is our nature reserve. There are now 2 cabins in the reserve, each with two bedrooms, seating area, shower and compostable latrine, private terrace and garden, small kitchen (though you can of course eat all meals at the main hotel) - these are ideal for families with kids who like a bit more space to run around! There are of course a few friendly rescued dogs to keep the kids happy!! We use solar power - for heated water in all of the showers as well as to provide electricity, conserve rainwater,have a number of recycling schemes and have started our own successful organic farm which provides some of the eggs, veggies, coffee consumed at the Mariposa. And much more. We use our income to maximise the employment of local people (currently employing 80 teachers, maintenance and kitchen staff) and undertake a number of projects in the local community. You can opt to volunteer at one of our community or environmental projects, living in a homestay with a local family. Amongst other projects, we are currently offering volunteer placements in the nature reserve, in local schools, with a day care project or with disabled children. You are also welcome to help out the Mariposa workers - whether feeding our rescued animals or cooking up our healthy meals. All of which is a great way to improve that Spanish! We have also recently opened, on another but close by site, a study centre specifically designed to cater for groups of students. We offer an individualized curriculum which can include Spanish classes, activities and classes on the history, culture and environment of Nicaragua. We can also arrange community service work for groups. Accommodation is in two eco built dormitories, each of which has 10 beds (bunk style). The eating/meeting hall is a lovely structure built of straw bales and thatched roofing. Classrooms face a terrace with great views of the Masaya volcano. Meals are always freshly cooked, often using organic veggies from our farm. And of course there are solar heated showers and solar powered electricity. ... more   less 

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Address: De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este | San Juan de la Concepcion, Masaya, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Masaya Department > Masaya
Price Range: $29 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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“The eco-lodges are very exposed to the sounds of nature, so would not recommend if you are a lighter sleeper.”
 of 5 bubbles akean10, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All superb but I loved sitting in my hammock on the veranda of the eco-cabin.”
 of 5 bubbles susiesteven2016, 15 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Can't attest to the hotel, but we had a fantastic homestay experience.”
 of 5 bubbles pjsam2016, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Don't shy away from the home stays. It helps your Spanish, and bucket showers feel great after a hot day.”
 of 5 bubbles 180calebw, 30 May 2016 | Read review
“This is in a tropical area. An open air eco-motel and animal sanctuary. Try the 2nd floor to deter rescued and native visitors.”
 of 5 bubbles 872LeslieM, 1 May 2016 | Read review
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