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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
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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Masaya
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rome, Italy
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The feeling of community at La Mariposa and the sense that you are really supporting a great project in Nicaragua cannot be matched. The Spanish classes were great but the what is really amazing are all the other projects that they have going on (planting trees, teaching children, helping the medical centre). Excellent opportunities for volunteer work, very nice people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Mariposa is a breath of fresh air. Not only is it a wonderful place to learn Spanish, as you get 1 on 1 attention in a beautiful setting with friendly teachers, it is a place that yearns to help all living things. From planting 700+ trees to date, rescuing animals of all kinds, to supporting an array of "good"... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to say that this was a different type of trip for me. I have travelled solo before but never stayed in one place for more than a few days. I chose to stay a t La Mariposa for 9 days, although some people had been there for months, because I wanted a little Spanish under my belt. First... More

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Huntington, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Mariposa is an experience unlike one I have ever had. My friend and I chose the homestay option. Our family was so wonderful, and even though they spoke very little English, and we spoke very little Spanish, we felt right at home. Be prepared, if you choose the homestay option you may not have indoor plumbing or a shower;... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I arrived at La Mariposa with a few injuries and was immediately so well taken care of, even to the extent of my homestay being moved to the closest possible so I didnt have to walk so far! Volunteering placement was fantastic and really well run. Lessons were fantastically well organised and the teachers were all excellent. Food was amazing... More

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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were three friends who had visited Nicaragua before, had heard of La Mariposa, and wanted to check it out. It exceeded our expectations! Accommodations and food were just the beginning. The Spanish-language instruction truly was one-on-one, an unheard-of luxury. The activities included day trips to an amazing variety of interesting places, ranging from tourist attractions, to forays into the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to La Mariposa with my 13 year old daughter and 16 year old son. We had a great time on all fronts. The Spanish school is outstanding with skilled local teachers. All classes were 1:1. Grammar lessons were relevant and thorough, conversation very enjoyable as you explored topics of interest. My son went with his teacher for walks... More

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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This venue combines an ecohotel, language school and sight seeing. I stayed in homestay and at the hotel. Everyone was very accomodating. When I became ill, the kind interns took me to get medicine. This is an authentic experience. Make sure you read the do's and don'ts before you sign up.

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Santa Rosa, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A beautiful mountain setting in the tropical forest; a place to relax with like minded eco-travelers and / or to study spanish language one on one with a trained Nicaraguan teacher. Comfortable , spotless, basic hotel accommodations with showers and fans, or more rustic cabanas . Casually served and tasty vegetarian meals, and snacks available as desired. Many guided activities... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The food was good. Ruth, who helps run it, is terrific. The rest of the managing was done by interns with varying levels of maturity. The grounds were relaxing and authentic, and the location is beautiful. The value of what you get is a 10 out of 5. I was sad to hear that many people are picked up from... More

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

This is a somewhat strange review. Firstly, it is completely clear on the website that we offer a package - the safe one obviously is to stay in the hotel and do the classes and activities with us. The other, which if I recall correctly this family did, is to stay in a homestay with a family and do volunteer... More

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Address: De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este | San Juan de la Concepcion, Masaya, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Masaya Department > Masaya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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La Mariposa Spanish School And Eco Hotel Nicaragua/Masaya

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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. Students can stay in the eco-hotel or our cabin. We use solar power - for heated water in your shower as well as 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 45 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 on our small organic farm, on a community garden scheme, in local schools, with a day care project. 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 8 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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