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Spanish Classes near Masaya -- Mariposa Eco Hotel & Spanish School (tel. 505/8418-4638; www.mariposaspanishschool.com) is situated in the hills between Masaya and Managua, and offers a farmhouse-like atmosphere with plain, comfortable rooms and Spanish classes. Efficiently run by its English owner Paulette, the program offers a unique mix of wholesome country living and language classes.

Most everything about this place is ecofriendly. The restaurant serves organic food, there's an organic garden, and even the private bathrooms have organic shampoo and soap. The lodge is quite difficult to find, so be sure to arrange a transfer from either Masaya or Managua.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.