La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
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Granada proved to be a well kept little place. Its buildings were colourfully painted, the streets were relatively clean and there was generally a good vibe about the place.
It was proving to be a top spot for the recovery of all my injuries. We even ...
... asked “So...this is what you do
every morning? Pretty much nothing?” Seized with guilt, I
protested. I lied and said “NO!” and to save face, I suggested a
trip to a butterfly preserve that some speedy internet research
reported as just outside of town. We quickly rounded up the boys and
walked 3 blocks to the cemetery and caught a cab. Butterfly bound.
It turns out that the butterfly farm is located up up up a ...
I thought things were moving a lot slower than normal in Leon this morning, as I set out to find the place where Rubén Darío, the most famous Nicaraguan poet, grew up. When I finally found the house, now a museum downtown, it was closed. When I asked why people looked at me like " Ok, he's a gringo so no wonder" and told me today was the holiday given for the Virgin Mary celebration. All the formal shops in town were closed -- all ...
... of the journey.
Diesel costs in Alaska, as in the rest of the USA, worked out at a very pleasing dollar a litre. Contrary to popular belief diesel fuel was found everywhere, not only for articulated trucks but also for the big private pick-up trucks that are to be found everywhere. These things appear to be the vehicle of choice around the USA and make the so called ‘muscle cars’ of the sixties look modest and frugal.
Going from Alaska to Canada through ...
... our own personal teacher Maria Teresa. Sometimes we even get Alex an enthusiastic nineteen year old Spanish teacher/English student whose eyes light up when he tells us how great we are doing. Every night we have conversations with Kathy (facilitated by charades as she speaks no English). She even lets us know when we are talking too much to each other in English.
There are many volcanoes in Nicaragua. We have gone to the Laguna de Apoyo, a lake in ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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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