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 that offers a wide range of landscapes from the Andes Mountains, through the plains Llanos regionto the rich Amazon Rainforest 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.
The Colombian government has been investing a lot in making Colombia 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. Because 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 Spanish Course: Improve your Spanish by learning grammar theory and practicing your communication skills in engaging group classes. This popular course will help you reach your Spanish goals as quickly as possible.
- Private (One on One) classes: Add private classes and benefit from personalized curriculum and practice with a Spanish professor.
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From the Amazon rainforest to its Caribbean beaches, Colombia is a tropical location with so much to offer. Whether you’re in the mood for exploring the largest tropical rainforest in the world, going humpback whale watching, paragliding through the magnificent Andes mountain range, sitting on one of the country’s 300 beaches, or immersing yourself in its diverse culture, there is so much to do in Colombia it might be hard to know where to begin. Below is a list of some of our recommended locations and activities depending on what you’re looking to get out of your visit to Colombia:
- Bogota: This is definitely a great place to start. Located in the Andes Mountains, Bogota is not only the biggest city in Colombia but also of Latin America. Bogota has many contrasting sites from colonial churches to high-rise buildings; bustling traffic to calm oasis and green zones. There are not many cities where one can observe such diversity in the same setting. As the economic center of Columbia, many companies have their headquarters in Bogota. The emerald trade is a big business in Bogota with millions of jewels being bought and sold on a daily basis.
- The majority of tourist attractions in Bogota are located in the colonial center. However, the mountains in the east attract the native bogoteños who go there for the parks, the bullring, the restaurants and the spectacular views. The Cerro de Montserrat, at 10,000 ft. is one of the most famous mountain peaks in the east. The church here has a famous statue of the SeñorCaído(Fallen Christ). It is claimed to be a place of miracles. The top of the building may be accessed either by the hundreds of stairs or by cable car. This is definitely a cultural hotspot and well worth checking out.
- Cartagena: This is a hot, sultry city filled with color, music, and tradition. Its colonial charm beckons visitors along with the Ciudad Amarullada with its balconies, flower-filled courtyards and tiled roofs. There are plenty of things to do and see including:
- - Casa de Marqués Valdehoyos – This is a good place to start your trip as there is a tourist office offering maps and the like located inside this old house.
- - Museo de Oro y Arqueloguía – Located on the Plaza Bolivar, here you can find a fine collection of gold and pottery.
- - Cartagena’s Cathedral – Begun in 1575 and partially destroyed by Francis Drake’s cannons, this cathedral with its massive exterior was finally completed in 1602.
- - Las Bóvedas – Dungeons that have been turned into tourist shops and boutiques.
- Leticia: A great start point If you are interested in discovering the hidden paths of the rainforest, as it is a well situated city surrounded by routes into the Amazon. Leticia is also close by to the nearby Monkey Island, offering 450 hectares of forest full of birds, monkeys and apes. The nearby Yabari River which is a great place to see witness some of the world’s most diverse wildlife particularly pink dolphins and black caimans. Colombia is home to an incredibly diverse marine ecosystem, with over 3000 different types of fish. With 53 million hectares of natural forest, 20% of worlds bird species, 17% of amphibians, 16% of butterflies and 10% of mammals, clearly Leticia is definitely a top location if you are enthused by authentic Amazonian animals and wildlife.
- Colombia’s access to the enormous Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea make it a top location to witness some of the world’s most exotic animals making it a diving marvel. Its massive biodiversity mean that every dive spot has something different to offer. Top locations are definitely the San Bernardo Islands, Isla San Andres, and Malpelo, acclaimed by the UN as the top diving location in the world.
- The Magdalena River near San Agustin is a great place to go rafting. 540km south of Bogota, it is a great chance to enjoy the splendor of natural landscapes including the Colombian Massif, located in San Agustin’s Archaeological Park. Other great locations include the Rio Negro in Tobia and the Barragan River in the Café Triangle.
- Clearly Colombia is a paragliding paradise with its magnificent landscape. What better way to absorb its diverse geography than by air. The best sites are located in Santander and the Bogota region, but other sites might be just as good.
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
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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.