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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este San Juan de la Concepcion, Masaya Nicaragua See on map
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Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 More 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. Less
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Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Free Internet
Restaurant
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Shuttle Bus Service
Pool
Beachfront
Room Service
Free Parking
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Awards & Recognition
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Awards & Recognition
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
Contact Information
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Number of rooms
16
Price range
US$20 - US$35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Location
Nicaragua > Masaya Department > Masaya
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Contact
De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este San Juan de la Concepcion, Masaya Nicaragua
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Getting there
Augusto C Sandino Airport21 km
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

I have just spent 2 weeks in La Mariposa and it defies description.I am a middle aged woman travelling alone for 5 months in Central America and by some stroke of luck I started in La Mariposa. There is a lot to be seen in...More

3  Thank Mary C
Response from paulettelamariposa, Manager at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 14 October 2015

Hello Mary, thanks so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review about the school. It is very encouraging to know that you enjoyed your time in La Mariposa so much. Every one in the school makes a big effort to ensure our...More

Reviewed 21 September 2015

I did a home stay and a stayed in the hotel its true it will be different than western accomodations but the staff are excellent for the activities, the teachers, and food was amazing and vegetarian. The home stay is very much worth doing for...More

Thank yoelban
Response from paulettelamariposa, Gerente at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 30 September 2015

Thank you very much for writing this comment , we are all happy you had a great time.

Reviewed 16 September 2015

I'm a very experienced world traveler, but this was my first time bringing my 6-year old son out of the country, and I was a little nervous. I came to Mariposa because I really wanted to work on my Spanish, and for us to have...More

3  Thank mbcbarrett
Response from paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 29 October 2015

Thank you for this great review! Little boys and monkeys do seem to go rather well together though we do have to be careful to keep hands out of cages! And thank you for reading and taking note of what the website says, it is...More

Reviewed 16 September 2015

This was our third visit to La Mariposa since 2011 - and we seldom go back anywhere! This is just such a special place run by a terrific team nearly all of them local. La Mariposa Is a great location for guests from all over...More

Thank HaleSurrey_England
Response from paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 29 October 2015

Gracias por this review!! It is of course always so good to see you two, you are practically part of the place now!! Hope the ankle recovered fully, it was a pleasure having you back again even though the circumstances were not easy for you....More

Reviewed 29 August 2015

My 15 year old daughter and I spent ten days at La Mariposa. We stayed with a local family who were absolutely wonderful. We volunteered at a women's cooperative bakery in the mornings and then had Spanish class in the afternoon. We also went on...More

1  Thank Jennie30
Response from paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 29 October 2015

Thank you for this review. I certainly agree that viewing travel as an adventure opens up a wealth of opportunities to have different experiences and learn about a different way of life. You and your daughter certainly took advantage of that! But of course it...More

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HHinMexico
9 November 2016|
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Response from paulettelamariposa | Property representative |
Dear Christine This is Paulette, the director of La Mariposa. It is important to be clear what we are talking about! Chagas does not exist here nor has there been a case of malaria for 15 years. La Concha, population over... More
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fromquebec
13 February 2016|
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Response from Marc A |
Hi Teri, Paulette doesn't do the day-to-day administration of booking, she has a team of people doing that for her. They can be reached at lamariposaspanishschool06@gmail . com Enjoy!
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"Near the volcano Masaya"
LindaS414
7 Aug 2018
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"Check out the treehouse room. Or ask for a room close to the office for the best wifi signal."
StarrsySmith
2 May 2018
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"If you want a shower, stay in the eco-hotel. But if you want a true Nicaraguan experience, do a home stay!"
RachelH957
25 Apr 2018
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"Rooms in the main hotel are quieter than the cabins"
SWHinGville
18 Apr 2018
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