Learn Spanish in Ecuador, we offer Spanish schools in 5 different locations in Ecuador. In the capital Quito, in Cuenca in the Andes mountains, in the Amazon jungle, in Manta a mid size harbor town and Montañita a small surfing village at the coast. Combine them as you like!
Tours with Spanish
You can also book a “Traveling Classroom” of 4 weeks. Ideal for those who want to learn Spanish while at the same time exploring the country of Ecuador. A Spanish course in 4 different locations with different activities. An overview of ourTraveling Classrooms and descriptions you will find under the menu button “Tours with Spanish”.Our Spanish school in Quito has also put together a package which consists of two weeks. Spanish course and accommodation in Quito and 2 week Spanish course in the jungle of Ecuador, with beautiful accommodation, all meals and daily excursions. You can click here for more information about this Quito / Jungle package.
Learn Spanish in Ecuador, Quito
You find this small to mid size school in the new part of Quito close to the Carolina park and a big shopping mall. This big park in the middle of the city mainly attracts athletic “Quiteños”. It has a bike trail, circuit training, running tracks. There are also basketball, football and volleyball courts. The school is tastefully decorated and fully equipped. The class size is never bigger than four persons. If during your attendance, there are no other students with the same level of Spanish
as yours, you will get the same value in private classes.
For a small fee you can participate in afternoon activities such as: museum visit, cooking class, salsa dance class, with a cable car to 4000 m. Altitude for a fantastic view of the city (see photo), a guided tour in the historic center or a visit to
Mitad del Mundo, the geographical center of the earth.
You can choose between the apartment, located practically next to the school, or you can stay at a host family.
You can choose between a private room and a shared room. There is a big kitchen, a bathroom, a living room and a patio you share with the other students. The owner of the house is a clear fan of flowers and potted plants (see photo).
Host family stay
If you choose to stay with a host family you can practice your Spanish a lot more. At the host family you will receive two meals, but you can also pay extra for three meals a day. If you choose two meals, the meals will be breakfast and dinner. The walking
distance from the host family to the school varies between 10 and 25 minutes.
Combination package Quito / Amazon Jungle, four weeks
The school in Quito has made a four week package for SLT. This package consists of a two week group Spanish course or four hours a day in Quito. After these two weeks you will travel to the jungle where you will also receive a two week group course of
three hours a day. In Quito accommodation will be a shared room in the school residence next to the school. Accommodation in the jungle will be a shared room in the jungle lodge, all meals included. In the jungle activities are included in the first week.
The second week you can see if you want to join the activities and pay them on site. The second week they offer different activities. This complete package costs $1595. You can find more information about this tour on our Spanish & Adventure Ecuadorpage.
Learn Spanish in Ecuador, in the Amazon Jungle
About the jungle location
The school in the Amazon jungle is located in a beautiful building of tropical wood, cement and bamboo. The location is beautiful, it is slightly above the river Rio Napo and from the terrace of the school you look out over the river. The school is located four kilometers outside the village of Ahuano, half an hour from Tena. Tena is a somewhat larger place on the edge of the Amazon jungle. Especially early in the morning the school is visited by birds, especially many oropendula`s, which fly from the mountains to the island in the river to spend the day there. At the end of the afternoon they fly back over the school to the mountains for the night
The Amazon river and it’s branches
The Arajuno river, which contains much warmer water, joins the Rio Napo.
In the warmer Arajuno river you can swim or go tubing. The cold Rio Napo and the altitude of 300 meters on which the school is located ensure a cooler climate than you would expect around the Equator. Delicious, never very hot and the nights can even be fresh! You even need a blanket!
You will take your Spanish course at the terrace with a beautiful view over the river. Here you will receive 3 class hours or Spanish instruction a day. You can choose between group and private classes. The teachers come over from the school in Ecuador,
and go to the jungle location in turn. It is never a problem to find teachers for the jungle site!
The accommodation and meals
The accommodation is truly great! A lot more beautiful and tasteful than you would expect in a jungle surrounding. You get a modern bathroom with hot water, a terrace with hammocks and comfortable beds. In the standard package you will get a shared room.
If you want your own private room it is possible for an extra $90 per week. You will receive three good meals and you will also receive a snack. Lunch is always a main course and dessert. There are a lot of juices made of fruits you have never heard of in your own country! Tasty and healthy meals!
Daily from Monday through Friday afternoon you can join activites. In total the school offers 18 activities in rotation. A selection of the offerings: jungle walks, canoe trips on the river, tubing, visit to the animal rescue center AmaZoonico, learn how to blowfish, make chicha, dig for gold, make chocolate, visit the butterfly garden, night walks through the jungle Walk to a waterfall, bird spotting etc. The excursions and activities are guided by Jaime, a good local guide. He speaks slow
and easy to understand Spanish so all students will be able to understand him.
We recommend to take one week of classes in the jungle with excursions included, but decide once you are there if you want to take part in the activities of the second week. Simply put, it’s hard work to take Spanish classes for four hours a day, and
then take part in an excursion for three or four hours. You will probably also want to be in a hammock, read a book and listen to the sounds of the jungle. Please note: you are really in the jungle, but recently they managed to install internet at the lodge. If this is an advantage I do not know 🙂
Learn Spanish in Ecuador, in Montañita at the beach
The school in Montañita is only a five-minute walk from the beach! Accommodation is another couple of minutes further up the road. The school has made the cabañas with as many natural materials as possible such as bamboo and palm leaves, and they centered
the accommodation around a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. There is a beautifully landscaped and well maintained garden around the swimming pool. The school has thatched ranches with hammocks in which you can relax or do your homework. At this school they
also give you the option between private courses and group courses. The average group size is 4 students (maximum six students). Standard you will receive 20 hours of group classes per week. You can also do a private Spanish course for 20 or 10 hours
Standard we have included in the package accommodation in a shared cabaña in the village, near the beach. The cabañas are made of natural materials, including bamboo, and have a palm-leaf roof. If you prefer a 1-person cabaña with its own bathroom, the extra price is $ 80 per week. There is also a cabaña with own kitchen available. This very nice, beautiful, accommodation is very popular and therefore often fully booked, so do not book at the last minute! In the period from the end of December until the end of March there is a small high season surcharge on the accommodation, ask us if you want to go in that period.
You can stay at a host family. There is running water but not always hot water. Some families have wifi internet but not all, if you are at a home with no wifi you can always use the wifi at the school. At the host family you will receive two meals a day. The additional cost of this option is $ 75 per week.
Learn Spanish in Ecuador and add a surf course
The school also combines ‘Spanish and Surf’. You will receive four hours
of Spanish classes in the morning and one and a half hours of surfing
classes. There is no cheaper place to learn and the atmosphere in the
village is very relaxed; a great place
to learn how to surf, many young surfers and a great nightlife. For this ‘Spanish & Surf’ combination add $ 85 a week to the standard package of Spanish classes and accommodation. If you are already a seasoned surfer, you can rent a board. Price:
$ 55 a week or $ 135 per month. Tip: buying a second-hand board and selling it when you leave is usually the cheapest option.
There are various volunteer projects in Montañita. But recently the school has decided that everyone has to pay $ 70 per month to the volunteer program so unfortunately we can no longer say the volunteer programs here are free but compared to most other
volunteer programs in Ecuador this contribution is quite low.
Learning Spanish in Ecuador Provides you with the opportunity to combine many schools or add a Traveling Classroom to your journey. The school organizes a Traveling Classroom, where you will get your Spanish course in four different places. You will get
four hours of Spanish classes from Monday to Friday in a group and some very special activities are included like for example hang gliding! Traveling Classroom or 4 weeks in Ecuador
Learn Spanish in Ecuador, in Montañita, but how to get there?
Montañita is located at the coast about 10 hours by bus from Quito. But when you fly to Guayaquil the transfer by bus or taxi to Montañita is only two and a half hours. Most flights to Guayaquil arrive at midnight.
Getting to Montañita when you arrive in Guayaquil:
A: Transfer by taxi from Guayaquil airport to Montañita. The transfer takes two hours and costs $100.
B: If you arrive before 2 pm you can take a taxi to the bus station (about $ 20) and buy your own bus ticket to Montañita ($6).
Getting to Montañita when you arrive in Manta
You can also book a flight to Manta. Manta is about 1.5 hours away
from Montañita. You want to change in Quito but the flights from Quito
to Manta are very reasonably priced. Because most flights arrive in
Manta at night you can´t take a bus from the
airport in Manta to Montañita. We can book a taxi for you for $ 100.
Getting to Montañita when you arrive in Quito:
A: You can book a flight from Quito to Guayaquil with LAN airlines for about $70.
B: You can take the bus from Quito to Jipijapa, Portoviejo or Puerto Lopez and transfer to a bus to Montañita. When you take the bus to Puerto Lopez then the bus ride to
Montañita, after changing, is only an extra 45 minutes. The whole journey takes about 10 hours depending on the time it takes to change buses. You can take an overnight bus from Quito. In short, there are many different ways to get to Montañita, if you
can not make sense of it anymore, ask us to help you find the best way in your situation.
Learn Spanish in Ecuador, in Manta at the beach
This somewhat smaller school is located in a more modern and luxurious section of Manta. From the terrace on the 2nd floor you have a magnificent view of the sea and you walk to the beach in 10 minutes. You have 4 hours of private or group lessons per day. Groups can contain a maximum of 6 students, but usually 3 students in a group. If you have chosen for group lessons, 4 hours per day, but there appears to be no other student at your level, your group lessons are automatically converted into private lessons, 3 hours per day. That’s a good deal! The school building has a swimming pool and jacuzzi!
In the standard package we include a room in the school apartment. That room has all you need: its own bathroom with warm water. You share the living room and the kitchen with only one other room. In the living room you will find a sofa, dining table and tv. You can get wifi everywhere in the apartment. There is also a bigger room with airco, that room costs $55 extra per week. Of course at night you can also sit on the terrace or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. There are various restaurants nearby where you can get great meals.
You will have breakfast and dinner. You share the bathroom. The host families are 15 minutes away from the school. Staying at a host family is a great way to practice your Spanish.
The school offers various activities in which you can participate against
payment such as an Ecuadorian cooking workshop, a salsa dance lesson (see below), a trip to a beach where surfing is surfed or a visit to a Panama hats factory. Yes the typical Panama hats come from Ecuador :-).
15 minutes outside of Manta you will find Santa Marianita. This site is a hot spot for kite surfers. You can can get your classes of Spanish on the beach and go kite surfing every day. Of you can get a daily pick-up from Santa Marianita and go to
the Spanish school for your classes. We can arrange the kite surfing lessons.Ask us for the possibilities and the prices. Be aware there is only kite surfing from December to May.
Learn Spanish in Ecuador, in Cuenca a beautiful colonial town
This mid size school is located in the center of Cuenca close to the old cathedral. The school only offers private classes so your Spanish will improve at a fast pace. You will get classes four hours a day, five days a week. From Monday to Friday the
schools also offers activities. For example every Monday they offer a city tour, on Tuesday salsa dance classes, Wednesday a visit to a museum, Thursday an Ecuadorian cooking workshop after which you will be able to test the results your cooking skills
with the rest of the group.
You can choose between a home stay and an apartment stay. In both cases the accommodation will be walking distance from the school.
The host families are located very close to the school and offer three meals a day. They also take care of your laundry. The extra cost for staying at a local host family in Cuenca (as opposed to staying in an apartment) will be $35 per week. That price includes 21 meals and your laundry!
Host family stay
The host families are close to school and offer three meals a day and take care of your laundry. The extra price per week for a family stay with regard to apartment accommodation is 45 USD per week. So you have 21 meals for that and your laundry is done!
How to get there
When you decide to learn Spanish in Ecuador you’ll need to think well in advance about your flight. There are simply many options. You can buy a flight to Cuenca, but most likely you will have to switch planes in Quito, but this is easily done in one
day, and very reasonably priced. When you choose to stay at a host family someone from the host family will pick you up from the airport for free. If you choose the apartment stay then we can arrange a transfer for $15. It is an excellent idea to combine your Spanish course in Cuenca with a Spanish in course in Quito, Manta or Montañita.
Included in all learn Spanish in Ecuador packages (Quito, Jungle, Manta, Cuenca or Montañita):
- One or more weeks of group or private Spanish classes, 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.
- The lesson materials and Spanish instruction at your own level.
- Your choice of accommodation, either in an school residence, apartment/hotel or with a local host family.
- Accommodation runs from the Saturday before the classes until the Saturday after the classes.
- Use of the internet and library at the Spanish schools.
- Coffee, tea during the classes.
- Certificate of attendance by the school
- Extensive travel information before you leave and on-site guidance once you are there.
Not included in all learn Spanish in Ecuador packages:
- Your international flight. The airport code of Cuanca is CUE. The airline code of Quito is UIO. You can fill in your final destination at the site of one of the many online flight vendors like Skyscanner or Cheaptickets. Some of the well known airlines that fly to Quito are: Avianca, Aeromexico,
American Airlines, Copa, Iberia, KLM, United,
- In case you stay at an apartment, hotel or school residence the meals are not included.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- $35 Reservation fee.
National holidays on which no classes will be given:
Please note: these missed classes will not be rescheduled or refunded.
New Years Day (1st of January), Carnival (8th and 9th of February), Good Friday (25th of March), Battle of Pinchincha (24th of May), Independence day (10th of August), All souls (2nd of November) , Independence day of Cuenca (3rd of November), Christmas day (25th of December).