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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 29 August 2016

I stayed at the eco-room (yes, the one that looks like a treehouse) for a week and had the time of my life. Incredible staff and instructors, genuinely interested in your education in not only the Spanish language and in Nicaraguan culture and ecological preservation. Highly recommend and would come again if I have the chance.

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

Yes it does look like a tree house!!! Glad you enjoyed it and hope you can make it back some day...the tree house will still be here!

Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The folks at Mariposa are nothing short of delightful. I took a short break from a cycle tour and stayed for a week with a home stay host family. I took 20 hours of language instruction that really helped start make things click into place. I would absolutely recommend!

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

It was delightful to have you here too! Hope to see you again someday.

Ithaca, New York
Reviewed 10 August 2016

I traveled to La Mariposa School in Nicaragua this past January with 11 Cornell students for a service-learning trip. We stayed at the group study center, and every aspect of our trip, from our meals cooked by local community members, to our volunteer projects at the local school and nature reserve, to the afternoon Spanish classes was perfectly planned and...

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

Thank you for this review.....we are excited to work with an increasing number of groups of high school and university students from different places and with different interests. As you say, we plan the itinerary with each group to ensure that it fits with the needs of each group. We look forward to hosting you again!

Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Great teachers who flex the lessons around each student's age, interests, learning style and so forth. Excellent for families and children. Option to volunteer or to do activities each half-day.... Both options are great. Highly recommended !!

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

Thank you Michelle!

Palo Alto, California
Reviewed 4 August 2016

My family loved La Mariposa - it was the highlight of our trip. Welcoming, friendly and very accommodating staff (especially with kids). Great 1:1 teachers and lots of fun activities every afternoon. My kids loved their classes -playing cards, soccer, etc.- and the animals roaming around. My family did not want to leave, and we hope to return for a...

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

Thank you Meredith, it was great to have your family here and we look forward to working with you all next year!

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I'm the co-owner of a boutique tour operator, Finisterra Travel, located in Vancouver, BC. We brought a group of high school students to La Mariposa for their spring break. They did Spanish lessons and a volunteer project - helping build a childcare centre at the group study centre (El Piscacho). The students said the trip was life-changing. The Spanish teachers...

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for (only) 4 days and took the lessons, activities and home stay package. Everything about my stay was absolutely fantastic and I wish I could have stayed longer. The lessons were 1:1 and really engaging. I arrived with very little Spanish and by the last day Josimar had got me writing a side of A4 in the...

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

'm a 17 year old from the states who was finishing up her junior year and wanted to travel. I found La Mariposa online by chance and from the moment I arrived I had the best possible experience. One of the drivers from the school came and picked me up from the airport and while this is an extra fee...

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I stayed almost 4 weeks at La Mariposa! I just can say that it was an incredible experience! The food was so delicious, the teachers very friendly and patient and the whole property was lovely. I could improve my spanish skills significantly in such a short time.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This was our second visit to La Mariposa and my 17 year old daughter and I had an amazing two week visit. She loved her time in a homestay, where she was able to practice authentic language skills while playing cards every night with her hosts after enjoying delicious homemade meals. She also loved the volunteer experiences available - it...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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: €19 - €33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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“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
“Very basic accommodations, clean and comfortable, good for a large group. Dormitories, outdoor showers, latrines, plenty of hammocks!”
 of 5 bubbles 458paulal, 28 Apr 2016 | Read review
“There are ground level as well as 2nd level rooms. if you have a problem with stairs, let the staff know.”
  • Very comfortable, basic room with ample storage space a desk and en suite bath.
 of 5 bubbles Mari2U, 20 Apr 2016 | Read review
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