La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
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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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... leave by 5 at the latest and as it approached 4:30 Russell still hadn't got back. It was also getting dark at this time which was worrying. Because it was a volcano crater, okay let me just say that again, a VOLCANO CRATER we were swimming in, there was no motorised boats aloud in the lake as it would pollute the water so we basically had no way of finding him. One of the workers jumped in a kayak to see if he could see him but ...
... should I be nervous? At the top we really couldn't see much due to the thick cloud of gas and clouds enveloping the crater again my thought was do I need a gas mask? Actually the wind was in our favor, blowing the gases away from us. We waited and it was not long before the clouds moved to give us a glimpse into the crater. We walked to the top of the ...
... difficult manoeuvring amidst the exposed trees in the river but at least we could use the outboard. Soon we reached the pick-up point to transfer to a minibus and found a driver and group waiting for us. We had been forgotten again! I don't think the organisers at Jungle Tom's have a system to deal with people using them for transport alone although they seem to manage their tours very well.
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... Granada (one is studying Spanish there for a few weeks, and the other was just visiting) and we got some pizza and drinks. After that it was time to head back to the hotel because we had another long day of traveling Sunday.
Sunday we got up, went to the bus stop, and 12 hours later we arrived back in Hojancha.. just in time for sunset. It was a great weekend and I definitely want to go back and spend more time in Nicaragua.
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