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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
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Mariposa Spanish School with my 7 year old son and we had a marvelous time! The one-on-one Spanish lessons were fantastic - both my grammar and conversation teachers were so patient and pleasant and helpful and it really made me feel very comfortable. Alas, my son did not learn much Spanish, but that was more his lack... More 

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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just returned from my 4th trip to La Mariposa. I could go on and on about how great it is, but I'll let the fact that I have returned 3 times and am already planning my 5th trip to speak for itself. This is the most unique may to travel and see the world, step outside your comfort zone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience at La Mariposa. We took our 8 year old granddaughter who only spoke a couple of words in Spanish before the trip. We stayed for 2 weeks with a family who kept an immaculate house and had mosquito nets for our beds. It was a fabulous cultural experience for all. The school draws international students... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a week at La Mariposa this summer. This was my second visit. It is very beautiful and unique. I stayed at the hotel, had Spanish classes in the morning, and did planned activities in the afternoon. I loved my teachers Johana and Kinema. The classes were one on one with two hours of grammar and two hours of... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely loved my experience at La Mariposa. Richard, Chester and Paulette bend over backwards to make sure that all students have a wonderful experience. The teachers, the food, the field trips are all fabulous! BUT, you MUST look out for mosquito bites which can carry 2 different tropical viruses; Dengue and Chikungunya fever/virus. I had expected mosquitos, but the... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review, Shira, and especially for appreciating our efforts to make your stay as comfortable as possible. I will address your main point at some length below, I hope readers will take the time to read it through as it is obviously a very important issue right now. Since your visit we have undertaken several... More 

Fremont, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit to La Mariposa was intended as a reunion with friends and as a jump start to our beginners' Spanish. It ended up being so much more because of all that Paulette, the founder and owner, and her staff offer and the amazing people they are. The teachers of the one on one Spanish classes are terrific; skilled, experienced... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After signing up for a volunteer project in Nicaragua, I began looking for a Spanish school where I could study for two weeks before meeting up with the volunteer group. Someone suggested La Mariposa, and after studying the website I knew it was the right place. Why would I go to Nicaragua if I wanted developed-world amenities? For that I... More 

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff at La Mariposa really care about each individual student. When we arrived at the school on a recent Sunday afternoon one of my sons was ill, and I was very concerned. Chester arranged for a physician to come to our homestay that afternoon. We also decided it would be best for us to move to the La Mariposa... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family with 3 young kids (7,5,3 years old) had a fantastic time at La Mariposa. We would have booked to stay at the hotel, but it was full, so we opted for the homestay. We had very minimal Spanish before arriving and were a little worried about interacting with our host family, but they were lovely. Our homestay was... More 

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Fremont, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am still astonished at all that the school did not only for me as a Spanish student but what it does for the entire community. I can’t recommend it more highly. Please read on. I want to start this review with an experience I had at the end of our time at La Mariposa. The school had organized a... More 

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