La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
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The Mariposa had LOTS of animals - just our sort of place. There were 9 dogs (Pelusa, Preciosa, Holly, Molly, Foxy, Condor, Junior, Sultan, Jazz), 4 capuchin monkeys, 3 toucans, lots of parakeets and parrots, 2 chachalacas, a stone curlew, some budgies, 2 pheasants, 2 cats and lots of ducks and chickens. And 2 rabbits. And a possum that we released …
Twelve hours on a bus at six in the morning with nothing to do and nothing to eat. When we eventually got to Mariposa we went to a pub with everyone else but didn't realise people were ordering food so I had to wait until we got back to Mariposa to have a bowl of rice for tea after not eating for pretty much twenty four hours. I opened the door to …
We have now had thee days of Spanish lessons. My two 1-on-1 teachers are Moses and Dennis. The first two hours with Moses is more conversational based and the second two hours with Dennis is more grammatically based. It is very hard for me as I was not taught English grammar, and I have some strong dyslexic tendencies, which were never formally …
He may be the barker of the group but he's a sweetheart. From the picture of the state he was in when he came to La Mariposa you can see how much he has improved.
Our week at La Mariposa Spanish School.....
Have you ever imagined a place in your head, or maybe your heart that was so full of love for other people, animals, and plants, it seemed to pull at your soul? That was La Mariposa for me, and now for all of us. I learned about it after hours of "cybersurfing", scouring the internet for that perfect …
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We stayed at La Mariposa as a family (kids are 10 and 14) for 5 weeks to learn Spanish and had an amazing time. The 1 to 1 teaching is very well structured, with 2 hours of grammar and 2 hours of conversation every weekday. We were never bored for a second as every afternoon there was an activity, plus homework, and there was always someone to talk to... including the parrots. Staying at the Mariposa was a bit like being in an ever-changing commune, and the easy access to the kitchen (and kettle!) for cups of tea and bananas was much appreciated. The food was largely vegetarian but with lots of variety (well, apart from rice and beans with most meals). The kitchen staff were very accommodating when the kids were sick, and liquidated every meal for my husband for over a week when he couldn't eat solids (long story). Paulette and the other staff (thank you Gonzlalez) could not have done more for us when my husband had freak surfing accident. Oscar and Santos were also very cheerful and let the kids help feed the many animals. We enjoyed the menagerie of rescued wild animals that Paulette looks after, and the many dogs and cats. Above all we felt we got to know Nicaragua far better than if we'd stayed in a 'regular' hotel, and while the cabin wasn't always plain sailing (think big spiders, early wakeup calls from the parrots, dark jungly paths) we wouldn't have changed a thing!
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