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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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Manhattan, Kansas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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2 Thank ogrunewa
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! More 

Vina del Mar, Chile
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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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. More 

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50 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Loved the one on one Spanish classes. Every morning two hours of grammar and two hours of conversation with a different teacher. My Spanish really improved when I was there. I stayed in the hotel, which was nice, but basic. The schooltrips are to be recommended as is the food. Just keep in mind they have a lot of (former... More 

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2 Thank Yang Yang C
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sending in this review, we appreciate it! Yes you are absolutely right about the animals which is why we stress all the time that people read the website thoroughly before deciding to come here! More 

Esteli, Nicaragua
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I had a fantastic two week stay at La Mariposa. Very friendly environment with loads going on. Excellent 1:1 Spanish tuition for four hours a day. What is very impressive is that 40% of profits go to support their community projects. They are doing so much to change the lives of the local people too. Make sure you have good... More 

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

Thank you so much for this review.....just one comment! I think there is a little confusion though as ALL of our profit is spent on the community and environmental projects...this works out at roughly 40% of the expenditure of La Mariposa (the remainder goes on the payroll for the 70 or so staff we employ, food, and maintenance costs)! Just... More 

istanbul
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

An amazing experience- I spent 2 months here , staying in both the hotel and homestays . Not only was the teaching excellent and tailored to individual needs , but the school offered a wonderful range of activities that truly introduce you to the real nicaragua - encompassing its cultural and feral natural beauty. The school is in the center... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

I chose La Mariposa as a Spanish-language school because friends of mine in Nicaragua recommended it. It lived up to my hopes. First, my Spanish instruction was individualized and very effective. Second, I chose the homestay option for lodging so that I could be more immersed in Spanish. The local families that provide homestays seem to be well oriented to... More 

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2 Thank Tim G
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review Tim....hope to see you again when you are in Nicaragua. It was fun to meet you! More 

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

A trip to La Mariposa means second-to-none Spanish instruction, fantastic new friends from around the globe, well-planned excursions, delicious food, attentive staff, and wonderful memories you'll cherish forever...all at an affordable price while benefiting the local community! Honestly, it's a win-win. And one-on-one Spanish instruction is unheard of...except at La Mariposa!!! There's no better place to study Spanish, which is... More 

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1 Thank AmyMarie82
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for this review, it is true to say that our homestay families now have a great deal of experience of hosting families with children. It can be a little hard at times but very rewarding! Look forward to your next visit! More 

Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

La Mariposa Spanish School is making real change in world. You read about orgs like this and are inspired, but these folks are the real deal, living their authenticity each day. The one on one model of language instruction is brilliant for children and adults alike. The accommodations are simple, but more than adequate. The setting is tranquil, yet as... More 

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

Kevin I especially appreciate your comment that we are the "real deal"......it is really important that organisations (whatever they maybe) deliver what they say they doing.....actions count so much more than words. I do hope you all get a chance to come back someday.... More 

Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

I (age74) returned to the Mariposa for two weeks in August with my eldest daughter (48) and two grandsons, aged 13 and 8. We stayed in a homestay this time and all of us loveded every minute of our stay. Just as I had hoped after some initial apprehension the boys felt right at home, playing soccer with the boys... More 

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

Oh Diane...it was very special having you back here and this time with your daughter and grandkids! Our homestays are becoming more and more popular with families with children and it was great that yours settled in so rapidly! More 

Kigali, Rwanda
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Our family (two adults + teen daughter) had the incredible experience of staying at La Mariposa for a week in late July 2016. It far exceeded our expectations. We came for the Spanish school, but received so much more. We had three people with varying levels of Spanish (including NONE/Absolute beginner), and were so amazed by the dedicated, kind, and... More 

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

This is such a nice review, thank you! You covered just about every aspect of La Mariposa. We all look forward to your return and helping you progress that Spanish!!! More 

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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: $27 - $47 (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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