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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
La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
29 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 three weeks I've never felt so healthy. Remember to bring strong insect repellent. I thought... 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...glad you liked the food! Hope to see you back a third time. More 

London
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77 reviews 77 reviews
66 hotel reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 women's cooperative kitchen as well as visits to some of the many projects supported by... More 

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

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. See you soon! More 

Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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

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

Colne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 lessons "one to one" allows you to learn at your own pace and gives you... More 

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

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!! More 

Toronto, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my third consecutive year at La Mariposa and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. The lush tropical setting is lovely and the calls and chatter of rescued parrots and monkeys make it constant fun. Where else can ducklings and chickens waddle through your classroom or watch your Salsa class? From my bedroom window in the eco-lodge I... More 

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

Always so gret to have you here, Sue. I learn a little more from you and Philip every year about our bug, bird and animal life and how to help them survive. I also enjoyed our beach respite! Take care and come back next year! More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went for 7 days and every moment, I was was impressed at how well organized everything was. The classes were structured and the teachers were very capable and supportive. I intend to continue my classes through Skype (only $10/hr). A typical day: -Wake up and have breakfast with the homestay family -8am - 10am Conversation class (requested to go... More 

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

Thank you Anita for this review. We have tried, over the years, to refine and improve our activity program so that we offer something intersting for everyone! Glad you enjoyed it! Hope to see you again. More 

Toronto, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

When I travel I like to seek out and support places that not only provide an enjoyable visit but also have a positive impact on their surrounding ecosystems - my vision of an ecolodge. I have visited La Mariposa on several occasions and have reviewed it once before. It is high on my list of sites that provide a net... More 

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

Well you know we woudl not be doing half of the wrok we currently do to protect the habitat for birds, bugs and animals without your consistent help, advice and support. You have become a real friend to us and I am very grateful for that!! See you soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I had very high expectations of La Mariposa - the eco-hotel, the food, the classes, the community projects, etc. And, every single one of them was exceeded. I stayed at the eco-hotel - the classes + activities package. The staff is wonderful - they and the other guests feel like family. And, everything runs very very smoothly. The food is... More 

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

Gracias por el comentario tan amable!! It was great to meet you and I love staying in touch. Really looking forward to you coming back and working with you on the group study curriculum. Ismael and his family are looking forward to having you back in their house. I also feel personally very satisfied when expectations are met...though of course... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

La Mariposa was a really top experience for me, stayed for a month in total. I arrived in early December 2014 and was immediately set up with a lovely host family, introduced to a whole stack of cool people and was thrown into some one-on-one Spanish classes with some great teachers. The activities the school run were great and not... More 

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Montezuma, Costa Rica
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I read the homepag and thought, that sounds so awesome, it must be somwhat disappointing in reality. But then I was surprised that it was really actually awesome! Besides the tons of projects La Mariposa launches around its community (you should check out reforestation!) the spanish classes are a treat. To everyone plagued with school language classes, this is what... More 

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