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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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
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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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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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7 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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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

Elgin, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a week at La Mariposa from 6/28-7/4. I travelled alone and had a fabulous time. The place is very tranquil, the surroundings interesting, and the people patient and friendly. I wish I would have had more time there. I had so much fun that I plan to return next year. Activities I did: a hike which included eating... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although I have never before written a review on TripAdvisor, I just returned from three weeks at La Mariposa and decided that I had to share my excitement about what an incredible place this is. Everything promised on their excellent website was spot on! The food, classes, and activities were wonderful and the rooms were very comfortable (I stayed in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here for the 1st week of a 3 month journey in Nicaragua in order to brush up on my Spanish. It is truly an amazing place, benefiting the local economy and people in so many way. The afternoon activities are great for getting you to see what life is really like in Nicaragua. Teachers are great. Paulette, the... More

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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We spent 4 nights in a homestay and took classes. The experience was wonderful beginning with pick up at the airport. The family we stayed had two bedrooms for us and were so hospitable. Although our time was short at the school, it was maximized through excellent instruction by teachers who have impressive grammar skills and a great ability to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

During my recent trip to Nicaragua, visiting La Mariposa had not been part of my original plan. But I am so so glad I did!! After a rather disappointing visit to Granada (it is a beautiful town, but very touristy and less charming than I had expected), a friend who had previously studied at the Mariposa recommended it to me.... More

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Murrieta, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My stay at La Mariposa was one of the most unique experiences of my life. I could tell from the email responses I got prior to my arrival that people there really care. And from the moment I arrived that is what I experienced - from Paulette, the staff, volunteers, and teachers. I was very touched by all of the... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We had a wonderful two weeks stay at La Mariposa. We were a bit unique in that we had our 3 year old daughter with us. When she didn't warm up to her first teacher, they immediately matched her with another one, whom she loved. The food is great, and we had a wonderful time during our stay. There are... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Had a fantastic month long stay at La Mariposa from late January to late February 2014. To put in context - I am a 23 year old secondary teacher from the UK, female, was travelling alone, and came with good but rusty to Spanish, having studied it in the past and having spent some time in South America a few... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Spent 2 weeks studying Spanish at La Mariposa. Good communication and organization. Did a homestay and volunteered at a Reading program for a week, and stayed in the Eco-cabin taking part in afternoon/weekend activities for the second week. A great mixture. Absolutely loved my homestay with Nora and her family. They were so friendly, interesting, and interested in talking to... 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): $
Also Known As:
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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