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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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Free Internet
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 25 May 2015

I spent six weeks at La Mariposa and am now planning my return. I went primarily for the spanish instruction and secondarily to experience the Nicaraguan culture, and was delighted with both. The teachers, staff and setting are terrific. Accommodations are basic but comfortable. Be...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2015

I stayed at La Mariposa for 3 weeks in March/April 2015 after having stayed here for 2 weeks in Sep 2014. I love this place! The atmosphere is fantastic for learning Spanish and the teachers are excellent. The mainly vegetarian food is fantastic - after...More

1  Thank Alexinmelbourne
Response from paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 4 May 2015

Thank you so much for this review...glad you liked the food! Hope to see you back a third time.

Reviewed 28 April 2015

La Mariposa has many return visitors including us. The owner, Paulette, is inspirational; the staff well-trained, cheery and warm and the teachers patient and hard working. On this occasionally we had the chance to do a bit of volunteering in the reforestation project and a...More

Thank traintravelLondon
Response from paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 4 May 2015

It really feels like the best vote of confidence that we get so many return visitors...more and more every year. And of course you guys are really special, thank you so much for your help with our work with Los Pipitos and the disabled kids....More

Reviewed 21 April 2015

This is one of my favorite places on earth, the staff, the grounds, the language school, the history and immersion educational experiences are profoundly superior to most everything. If you have the time go here and learn!

Thank john g
Response from paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 4 May 2015

Thank you, it is really good to know how much you enjoyed it here. See you again hopefully!

Reviewed 18 April 2015

I stayed here with my 13 year old son in March/April 2015 and we had an amazing 4 weeks. Mornings were spent learning Spanish (grammar and conversation) whilst afternoons were for activities. Everything was incredibly well organised and the activities were varied and interesting. Having...More

Thank Emma-jane M
Response from paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco HotelResponded 4 May 2015

I am so glad you enjoyed it...in spite of dogs, spiders, volcanos and horse riding......none of which count amongst your favourite things!!!!. It was great having you around!!

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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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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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