La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Kids activities or Babysitting
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel Masaya
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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... of the crater. Our room was enormous and took up one half of the entire top level. A deck out front had a sofa that we could relax and look across the lake. There seemed to be hammocks hanging everywhere, and not your Mexican style hammock which tightens up the centre, these were double bed size with pillows and extremely comfortable.
After the sun set, darkness quickly took over - the closer you get to the equator ...
... covering my shoulders instead of rocking a tank top, wearing no earrings, etc.) but it's the same thing. Susana says I'm exotic and so that's cool, as long as Morena is more of an affectionate term instead of a derogatory term, I'm cool. When I asked around about the black people in Nicaragua, it turns out they are mostly on the East Coast of Nicaraga, which is the Caribbean side of the country. The waters are clear, and there's tons ...
... 6 steps behind us so no one knows we are together until it comes time to pay.”
At least that’s been my experience.
We are in Granada. We are here with my niece, Lila, who is 11, and her dad, who asked remain anonymous so henceforth will be referred to as Karl. We are staying at a place that is now called “Hotel Xalteva” but used be called “Condominiums Xalteva” so it can be confusing ...
... market with plenty of souvenirs and local handicrafts on offer (although once you've seen one stall, you've kinda seen em all) before continuing on to the Masaya National Park.
Here we drove right up to the active crater to have a peer inside. Unfortunately the wind was blowing the wrong way which meant we got lung-fulls of horrible sulphur gas. It stings your eyes and really burns your throat and lungs, definitely not good for you! We ...
... of gallo pinto plus omelette, It was time for our too short a stay at San Juan de la Isla to end. A very laid back place and less business like than any other hotel we've been to thus far. Everyone was lovely and likeable but so chilled out and only attentive when you went looking for them. No complaints from us but since the bar has been placed several stories up by every other hotel, perhaps this one just reached the second floor. Anyway at eight thirty, Eric ...