La Mariposa Spanish School & Eco Hotel

Lodge in Masaya & Los Pueblos Blancos

Just out of San Marcos, on the road to Ticuantepe, is one of Nicaragua's prettiest Spanish schools. Set out in the rolling hillside at the base of Volcán Masaya, this wonderful school-hotel minimizes impact through the use of solar electricity, water recycling and reforestation. The setting is lush; afternoon activities include hikes and horseback rides.

During the high season, one-week minimum stays are mandatory, and include accommodation in comfy rooms with lovely views.