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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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Mendham, New Jersey
Reviewed 1 March 2014

We spent a week in February 2014 and nine days in January 2013 and we are sure we will be back in the future because we love everything about La Mariposa. This is above and beyond a Spanish School. Paulette, the interns and staff are continually expanding the worthwhile local projects they support. The skilled teachers (and the rest of...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 January 2014

We spent some time in Mariposa this January. They kindly fitted us in just for a short visit because we were particularly interested in finding out about the projects they support locally. It is a really impressive place. We stayed in the hotel in a large, comfortable room, the meals are delicious (and healthy) and the communal eating is good...

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Corona del Mar, California
Reviewed 29 January 2014

I had the pleasure to enjoy Mariposa for two weeks as a solo traveler; however, the full "4 Seasons" vacation full of glitz and glitter this is thankfully not. This is 4 stars for all that it is intended to be. The staff are genuine, warm and friendly locals. They create a safe family environment for all. This is where...

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

Thank you Jeff, I am so glad you liked it here. We all enjoyed having you around!!! Hope you come back again and next time we will make it to Matagalpa!!!

Lambertville, New Jersey
Reviewed 28 January 2014

We went for the Spanish lessons and will return for the staff, teachers, community and well...more Spanish lessons. The Spanish classes were both intense and enjoyable. We stayed at the hotel which I highly recommend. The food, shared dinner and lunches, made it easy to meet people from literally all over the world. We loved it and will be back!

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

Thank you Mark, we are keeping our fingers crossed that you and your family make it back for next Xmas with us!!

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 27 January 2014

Yes, it's true: the food is good, the teachers are great and the environment comfortable. But I came away most impressed with how Mariposa has integrated themselves into the community. From the home-stay families to the handful or so projects they've supported, e.g. the school for special need children, building a bakery (the building) for local women. It's the type...

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

Tim, thank you so much for this comment. We do work very hard to improve relations with the local community and it is encouraging to have that appreciated! It is a community of over 50,000 people and so relations are inevitably not always so positive. On the whole however it works well!

Alameda, California
Reviewed 27 January 2014

I, like so many others, cannot praise this junglely garden of a little Spanish school, full of a million crazy and beautiful animals, enough. Everything about La Mariposa is true to its website depiction - its eco premise, local staff, community/environmental projects, cultural/educational activities for students, outdoor classes, organic gardens that fuel the delicious veggie meals, etc. My teachers, Veronia...

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

Acacia, it was such a pleasure to have you here and I will certainly pass on your comments to Gonzalo and Miriam, Verania and Kinema! Hope you manage to come back again and for more than just a week!

Orem, UT
Reviewed 26 January 2014

I had a wonderful time at the Mariposa. They offered a lot of opportunities for getting involved with the area, and their Spanish teachers were fantastic. I did the classes and stayed with a host family for a month and it definitely took me from a beginner to intermediate level with my Spanish. If you're serious about learning Spanish, this...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 18 January 2014

From the beginning of my one month stay I was welcomed by such lovely staff and fellow students. My home stay family was very sweet and took me in like I was one of their own. The school offered great activities such as La Boquita beach which was my favorite, and day trips to Leon and Granada. I enjoyed these...

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

Well, Barbie, this review came as a great shock to us. It was of course absolutely terrible that you were robbed and we did our utmost to assist you with everything afterwards including visiting you in your homestay, making sure you were accompanied everywhere you went when you wished. As you yourself said to me such things can, sadly, happen...

Gothenburg, Sweden
Reviewed 16 January 2014

Freaking awsome. First of, this is a school, you here for the experience, not for a place to stay over the night. It's not really possible to rate the "service", "location" or the swimmingpool as TA wants me to do, haha. I'm not keen on dogs, but even with all of them running around and barking this place was incredible....

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New York, USA
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Last December we spent 10 days at La Mariposa and had such a positive experience that we decided to travel there again this December. I don't know what it is about La Mariposa, but it seems to attract the most interesting people. This year we had wonderful conversations about photography, astronomy, wildlife, politics, sociology, food, and much more! The staff/interns...

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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: $28 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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“Room 5 on the 2nd floor is great for birders.”
 of 5 bubbles allis0nc0nn0r, 25 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The eco hotel offers most home comforts and ensuite facilities”
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 of 5 bubbles Carolyn125, 20 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All of the rooms were clean and provided unlimited hot showers with excellent water pressure and a view of the jungle.”
 of 5 bubbles F1339CNdianec, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
“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
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