I am so sad to hear that this wonderful place is suffering because of fear of the Zika virus. I spent four weeks here a year ago and it was wonderful. I learned so much–Spanish, Nicaragua and more. And I was inspired by all the good work they do in the community there, as well. And met many amazing people from Nicaragua and all over the world. Good luck, dear friends!
Together with the rest of tourism in Nicaragua, La Mariposa is suffering from the impact of zika. The outcome for us could well be fatal. The whole of 2016 saw a massive drop in the numbers of our students especially from the USA – adverse publicity around the upcoming Nicaraguan elections (Nov 6th) may be partly responsible. But almost everyone is agreed that the main reason travel plans are being changed or cancelled is the zika scare.
If you are thinking of travelling to this part of the world then obviously you must take into account all of the risks – I would just enter a plea that in the case of zika, you read some of the more detailed evidence and commentaries, not just the scary headlines. On the 4th October 2016 there were precisely SIX confirmed cases of Zika in the municipality of La Concepción (population…
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