The Mariposa hotel has solar power, rainwater conservation and many other eco-friendly features. The income we generate goes to fund a number of projects to support the local community and conserve the local environment. Students are welcome to visit and volunteer on any of the projects.
Come to us if you:
Want to slow down and enjoy learning in a natural environment with close contacts with the local community, contributing to the local economy in one of the poorest countries in the world. And be eco-friendly - for example, the hotel uses solar power to provide hot water for the shower in your own bathroom and to power the lights and the central fan in your simple but comfortable bedroom.
Are interested and want to know more about the history, politics and culture of Nicaragua. Help us to dispel some of the myths - for example, around the crime rate which is actually half that of the USA. (But to ensure peace of mind – and also to help out with any contingency – we do have all night security staff on duty)
Want to sample freshly cooked, mostly organic, Nicaraguan food. We provide a typical Nicaraguan break fast (with loads of fresh fruit), family style meals at lunchtime and in the evenings. We eat mostly vegetarian, as do the majority of Nicaraguans, with meat, chicken or fish two or three times per week for those who want it. We encourage guests to eat together in a convivial atmosphere, mostly outside.
Want to meet welcoming, friendly people, who are happy to share their wealth of local knowledge – from teaching Spanish language to showing you the medicinal plants which grow on our land.
Enjoy animals and birds - we have several rescued dogs, cats, horses – as well as some parakeets which are being rehabilitated and will be returned to the wild as soon as their feathers have grown back – and are breeding chickens for the Chicken Project; there are often lots of baby chicks running about. We also work hard to encourage wild plants, birds and animals to take up residence at the Mariposa.
Want to support an enterprise which is charging reasonable prices but supporting the community by paying above average wages and funding several projects, for example, teaching literacy to adults.