La Mariposa Spanish School & Eco-Hotel in Nicaragua


La Mariposa Spanish School & Eco-Hotel in Nicaragua

High Season: December through March, June and July

Week  (7 nights)
Month  (4 weeks)
Hotel, classes, activities
$480 USD
$1650 USD
Eco-room, classes, activities
$420 USD
$1400 USD
Homestay, classes, activities
$400 USD
$1350 USD
Homestay, classes, volunteer work
$280 USD   No further discounts
$925 USD   No further discounts
Family room - 4 people, 2 under 12, classes, activities
$1400 USD
$4800 USD
Family room - 4 adults, classes, activities
$1650 USD
$5600 USD
GROUPS - Incorporate existing prices from Group page. And add Dorm only with breakfast - $15 per person per night
During the high season we cannot take bookings for less than one week nor for the hotel only (unless you are prepared to pay the quoted price above.) Groups are a min of 6, max 20 people and stay at our El Piscacho Study Center in La Concepcion. Prices may vary according to the final program.
We offer Skype classes at $10/hr.

Low Season: April, May, August through November

Week  (7 nights)
Month  (4 weeks)
Hotel, classes, activities
$450 USD
$1550 USD
Cabin, classes, activities
$400 USD
$1350 USD
Homestay, classes, activities
$380 USD
$1200 USD
Homestay, classes, volunteer work
$280 USD   No further discounts
$925 USD   No further discounts
Family room - 4 people, 2 under 12, classes, activities
$1200 USD
$4600 USD
Family room - 4 adults, classes, activities
$1400 USD
$5400 USD
GROUPS same as high season
We offer Skype classes at $10/hr.
There is a 15% IVA tax (value added tax) on the hotel portion of your bill (which usually adds up to about $5 - $15/week USD)

  • Please pay within three days of you arrival if possible. Talk to one of us if this is difficult.

  • Best for us is US dollars cash, we cannot yet accept credit cards. There are ATM machines accessible from the Mariposa but they sometimes limit daily withdrawals.

  • You can also pay using a PERSONAL check. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO checks of US or Nicaraguan banks. A check needs to be made payable to PAULETTE GOUDGE and must be made out WITH NO ERRORS OR CHANGES IN WRITING OR INK COLOR. Even signed alterations are not acceptable to Nicaraguan banks.

These prices includes:
  • In the eco-hotel, a simple but comfortable room with private bathroom and solar heated shower. Our choza (traditional word for cabin) is built of locally accessed eco-materials - volcanic rock, bamboo and palm thatch (the views are over trees and coffee bushes) and there is an outdoor latrine and warm shower. Homestays are with local families, clean and friendly with basic sanitation (homestays are also welcome to use the Mariposa latrine and shower).

  • All eco-hotel rooms have solar powered lighting and ceiling fans.

  • All eco-hotel rooms have garden view and access to the terraces and gardens.

  • Three freshly cooked Nicaraguan-style meals per day with locally sourced produce, mostly vegetarian. We also serve our own produce whenever available - including free range eggs and organic coffee. Students in homestay generally eat weekday lunch in the Mariposa and breakfast/dinner with their families.

  • 20 hours of formal Spanish classes - grammar and conversation. The classes are mostly one on one, max three students and are held in small classrooms or in the delightful Mariposa grounds.

  • Afternoon and weekend programme of interesting, fun activities/visits designed to get to know Nicaragua and continue to improve your Spanish. Horseriding is also included.

  • Use of the Mariposa library (books in Spanish and English), TV/DVD room.

  • Wireless internet connection

  • We can provide you with a local guide anytime to explore on foot, on horseback, by bus or just to chat in Spanish.

EXTRAS:
Add $80 / $140 USD to the price for 6/8 hours of Spanish classes per day (30/40 hours per week)
Extra classes on holidays are $15 USD, weekdays $10 USD per hour
Massages $20 USD per hour
Airport ride / 1 person is $40 USD; 2 people is $60 USD; over 3 $70 USD (1 way)

Masaya costs $20 for one person, San Juan del Sur $90 and San Jorge (for Ometepe) is $70. All prices are one way.
For extra trips the cost is $20 USD per person for half a day and $25 USD for a full day (minimum 3 per trip)

Guests pay for their own entrance fees to national parks etc and any food/drink consumed outside the Mariposa.
Please note that the prices above cover 3 meals per day, and a coffee/juice in the break. Extra drinks/snacks are NOT included. We do not charge for these, but we would ask you to consider an appropriate donation at the end of your stay.
Students in homestay pay for breakfast and dinner every day in their homestay. Mon. to Fri. lunch is at the Mariposa. All weekend meals are in the homestay.
Students in homestay pay and do EITHER the volunteer work option OR the activities option. If there is space then volunteers are welcome to do the occasional activity with the group, but you may be asked to contribute to the cost of the gasoline and driver.
Please do not forget to note your beers and wines and pay us a the end of your stay.
TIPPING - tipping at the Mariposa is entirely voluntary and much appreciated! You are welcome to tip individual workers but please remember that many workers work behind the scenes and are less visible to guests. They often don't receive any tips at all. Bearing that in mind it is preferable to give an overall tip which can be shared out (once enough money has accumulated) between all the workers.
INSURANCE - Guests, students and volunteers are responsible for their own insurance; we do all we can to ensure your health and safety but cannot take responsibility for loss, illness, accident.


DISCOUNTS:

  • ONE DISCOUNT PER PERSON - this includes the monthly discount (see above)

  • 25% for 12 years and under

  • 10% - students (within the last year, proof required!); 2 or more adults sharing a room; group bookings of 6 or more adults.

  • Discounts do not apply to the daily rate.

  • Stays for part of a week (over one week) are charged pro rata

Please note that students who elect the homestay/Spanish classes/volunteer work package receive a significant discount for doing volunteer work and therefore forgo the afternoon activities program. Students wishing to participate in both volunteer work and afternoon activities will be charged the price for homestay/Spanish classes/activities and can help out during their stay (for example gardening, construction, English classes, animals), but we can not guarantee a volunteer placement. Volunteer placements are reserved first and foremost for students participating full-time in volunteer work.



If you would like to help us continue our community projects,
please consider a tax-free donation
which can be given through our friend, Reverend Brian Peterson
at Ascension Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.




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