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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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Managua, Nicaragua
Reviewed 11 November 2013

I found the school and hotel to be beautiful and well kept. The food is local and organic with a perfect mix of traditional Nicaraguan recipes and healthy fruits and vegetables. You will be surrounded by a large staff of Nicaraguans who make you feel right at home and help you improve your Spanish. They are working to protect the...

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

Thank you for this review, and especially for the photos of the views from the study centre. Love the pink zinnia!! You are of course more then welcome any time with your family and we hope to hear from you again!!

Reviewed 10 October 2013

This review is long overdue, as I visited in April/May of this year. It was fantastic. I spent 5 weeks with La Mariposa/ in San Juan de la Concepcion. For those looking for a brief review - I went on my own, volunteered, took Spanish & lived with a homestay family. It was fun, rewarding & exciting, I felt safe...

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

Hey Michelle, what a lovely review, thank you. I am really glad you so enjoyed your time at the school, working with kids here is indeed super rewarding! Yes the fire in the Masaya National Park was certainly a big one and we were pleased to be able to help. We are all praying that we do not get another...

Frederick, Maryland
Reviewed 11 September 2013

If there were an OUTSTANDING rating, I would give it to La Mariposa! I spent two weeks there this summer (21 June - 5 July), invited by a friend who wanted company. While reading the website, I immediately knew that it was the kind of place I had been looking for without realizing it. As others have said - read...

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Reviewed 9 September 2013

I spent the summer at La mariposa this year. It was such a great experience. The website is completely accurate and they practice what they preach. The Spanish lessons were one-on-one and incredible. The teachers were knowledgable and fun. The food at the school was really good, all fresh fruits and vegetables and locally grown. They are also very accommodating...

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I found La Mariposa through a friend and decided to go with my family. Upon arriving at the cozy place, I instantly fell in love! It is a wonderful way to work with the local community and learn a ton of Spanish. La Mariposa supports the local towns with jobs and creates a fantastic and inspiring community to be in!...

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

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review!!! I think partly you liked it so much because you and your family were so open to new experiences. We look forward to seeing you return as an intern!

Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 2 September 2013

I spent the month of May of 2013 studying Spanish and volunteering at a local school and had the most wonderful time. This is my third stay at La Mariposa and I would recommend it highly. Studying here, joining the activities and doing some things in the community will allow you to really understand the strengths and the problems of...

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

Thanks for the review. Looking forward to seeing you for a fourth time! Especially as Florida is SO close by!

Olympia, Washington
Reviewed 22 August 2013

I traveled to Nicaragua with my 16 year old son, who wanted to improve his Spanish in order to excel in Spanish 4AP, during the following school year. We stayed at the hotel. The accommodations were simple, clean and lovely. The food was dependably fresh, healthy and tasty. The grounds are beautiful! Besides the monkeys and parrots on site, there...

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

Thank you for this....we particularly appreciate that you commented on our efforts to be well planned but flexible at the same time. It does not always work out perfectly but we certainly try! Thank you also for your comments on the high quality of the Spanish classes. It is, of course, super important to us that we get that aspect...

Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 21 August 2013

I brought my two boys, ages 12 and 16 to La Mariposa for a week of lessons. We stayed at the property. First off, we really should have been there for two weeks. It was too brief. Your brain needs a minimum of two weeks to start thinking in Spanish. Secondly, listen to the reviews you find here. They are...

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

Hope so!!!

San Diego, California
Reviewed 11 August 2013

We loved our week there! Food: The food is outstanding-- almost all meals are vegetarian and the cooks are incredibly creative. We didn't have one bad meal. Lessons:The Spanish lessons were very professional-- we had two hours of grammar and two hours of conversation every day and both teachers were well trained and had excellent materials to use. Activities: Definitely...

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

Thank you, Rosie, I am glad you both enjoyed yourselves here and, indeed, the rest of your Nicaraguan travels. Hope to see you again someday. PS we are planning to build a cabin with ensuite bathroom for 2014!!

Los Angeles, California, United States
Reviewed 4 August 2013

I genuinely only have incredibly positive things to say about La Mariposa. The school and hotel are beautiful, the quality of the classes are top notch, the activities/programming are robust, the eco-mission is well fulfilled, and most importantly - the people are INCREDIBLE! The staff and teachers at the Mariposa were always supportive, generous, and caring and they all made...

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It was really great to meet you too! And we hope to have some more of the eco tourism projects up and running for next year. So watch this space!

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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: $26 - $46 (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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