Learn Spanish in Colombia and discover one of the most ethnically and geographically diverse regions in the world. We offer two wonderful destinations to learn Spanish in Colombia: Bogota and Cartagena.
Colombia is a country which offers a wide range of landscapes from the Andes Mountains to the Llanos plains region to the rich Amazon Rainforest which is shared with the neighboring countries of Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. Approximately 10% of the world’s species are found in Colombia, boasting more endemic species than any other country on the planet.
At present, the Colombian government is taking careful measures to ensure that Colombia remains a safe and popular travel destination in South America. Over the last several years the country has made huge improvements in overall safety and cities like Bogota and Cartagena are becoming popular tourist destinations. As Colombia is still largely unaffected by mass tourism and Colombians are known to speak with clear accents, it is a great option for studying Spanish.
As Colombians say: “Colombia, the only risk is wanting to stay!”
Spanish Schools in Colombia
- Bogota - The capital and largest city of Colombia. The city is often known as “The Athens of South America” due to its many libraries and universities.
- Cartagena - Named after a city of the same name in Spain, Cartagena (Colombia) is located on the northern coast of the country and is the fifth largest city in the country.
Spanish Courses in Colombia
- Intensive Course: This course will improve all aspects of your Spanish in no time by providing 20 thoroughly-engaging group classes a week. The group course is a highly-effective and entertaining way to improve your Spanish as you will be able to practice while discussing a number of interesting topics with your peers.
- Private Classes: If you are short of time, or simply want to learn Spanish at your own pace, then this course is perfect. These private individual classes work around a personalized program allowing you to progress in a way tailored exactly to your individual needs and interests.
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From the Amazon rainforest to its Caribbean beaches, Colombia is a tropical location with so much to offer. With the chance to explore the largest tropical rainforest in the world, to go humpback whale watching, to paraglide through the magnificent Andes mountain range, to relax on one of the country’s 300 beaches or immerse yourself in its diverse culture, visitors are left spoilt for choice.
Bogota: Located in the Andes Mountains, Bogota is not only the biggest city in Colombia but also of Latin America. From colonial churches to high-rise buildings and bustling traffic to calm oasis and green zones, Bogota is a unique city of incredible contrasts. As the economic center of Columbia, many companies also have their headquarters in Bogota and it is the emerald industry, in particular, which is at the heart of Bogota’s booming business trade.
Although the majority of Bogota’s numerous tourist attractions are located in the city’s picturesque colonial center, visitors wishing to mingle with the native bogoteños should venture to the mountainous areas of the east. Boasting spectacular panoramic views, the 10,000ft-tall Cerro de Montserrat peak remains a firm favorite among tourists and is easily accessible either by stairs or cable car.
Cartagena: A city filled with cobbled streets, bougainvillea-covered balconies and magnificent churches, Cartagena entices visitors with its striking architecture and colonial charm. Top attractions include:
- Casa de Marqués Valdehoyos – This brightly-colored colonial house is the perfect starting place for visitors thanks to its provision of maps and tourist information.
- Museo de Oro y Arqueloguía – Located on the Plaza Bolivar, the museum boasts a fine collection of gold and pottery.
- Cartagena’s Cathedral – Dating back to 1575, Cartagena’s spectacular cathedral showcases a marble-like façade and dome-topped roof which is truly spectacular when illuminated at night.
- Las Bóvedas – The former dungeons have been transformed into a colorful line of quaint shops and boutiques.
- Leticia: A gateway to the Amazon, Leticia provides avid explorers with numerous routes into the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Home to 53 million hectares of natural forest, 20% of the world’s bird species, 17% of amphibians, 16% of butterflies and 10% of mammals, Colombia is globally-renowned for its spectacular biodiversity and Leticia is no exception. From upstream Monkey Island to nearby Yabari River, Leticia greets animal lovers with the unforgettable sights of endearing primates, gliding black caimans and captivating pink dolphins.
Colombia is a tropical location which means that the weather varies very little throughout the year. However, altitude is a major factor in climate change. This is quite a significant point considering the Northern Andes mountain range runs through the country. Roughly speaking, the temperature drops 6ºCfor every 1000meter gain in altitude, meaning that at high altitudes one can experience warm days and very cold nights.
The average temperature it does not vary much throughout the year. Colombia has a tropical climate meaning it has two main seasons: dry and wet. As a rule of thumb, the dry season tends to be from December to January and from July to August while the wet season is from April to May and October to November. Generally speaking the best time to visit Colombia is in the dry season, as this is when the majority of cultural festivals and events take place.
Taking into consideration the Colombian holiday seasons is also important when planning your trip. Colombia has three major holiday periods: from December to January, Holy week in March or April, and from June to July. Long weekends and regional celebrations also attract a lot of tourism but most major holidays in Colombia occur on or near these dates:
Jan 1, 6; Mar 19; Apr 12, Good Friday, Ascension Thursday; May 1; Jun 14, 22, 29; Jul 20; Aug 7, 15; Oct 15; Nov 1, 11; Dec 8, 25.
Towns and cities tend may practically shut down during holidays so it is definitely advisable to check this out in advance. If you are particularly interested in a certain Colombian festival it may also be an important factor in deciding when to visit. Below is a list of the most well-known festivals and events in Colombia:
Carnaval de Blancos y Negros
Feria de Manizales
Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria
Carnaval de Barranquilla
Semana Santa in Popayán
Semana Santa in Mompox
Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro
Festival de Música del Pacifico Petronio Álvarez
Festival Mundial de Salsa
Festival Internacional de Jazz
Festival Internacional de Teatro
Festival de Cine de Bogotá
Rock al Parque
Reinado Nacional de Belleza
Currency: Peso ($)Meals
- Budget: US $4-10
- Mid-range: US $10-20
- Top-end: US $20 and upwards
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- Mid-range: US $30-40
- Top-end: US $40 and upwards
We offer homestay accommodation while you are staying in Colombia. It is one of the most successful ways to completely immerse yourself in the culture and language of a country while at the same time living in comfort. It will also give you the unique opportunity to live with an authentic Colombian family and have a firsthand experience of everything from their table etiquette to daily routines, etc. Our homestay package includes daily breakfast and dinner and also laundry service. The accommodation is situated in a great location perfect for students to travel to school.