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Learn Spanish and Travel in Central America

Image of a group of students in a Spanish class in Central America - KILROY
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Recommended duration

4 weeks


Panama City/San Jose

Travel type

Backpacking, upskilling


Flights, travelling Spanish classroom

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The Travelling Spanish Classroom is a unique blend of travel adventures and language study in four different locations in Central America - Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro in Panama, and Turrialba in Costa Rica.

This program is for students who want to travel and learn Spanish. Sharing daily activities like shopping and cooking with a Spanish speaking instructor, you will be immersed in a fun and inspiring atmosphere for learning Spanish. This is a non-traditional classroom that will make learning a new language fun and give you the opportunity to truly experience the local culture.

Start your travelling classroom in Panama City. Outside your Spanish lessons you will get to explore historical parts of Panama and the famous Panama Canal, take Latin dance lessons and snorkel at the San Blas Islands. Travel to Boquete on local busses with the option to live with a local family, visit local schools, go hiking, see waterfalls and hot springs, do a coffee tour and explore Barú volcano.

Your third stop is the Caribbean Island of Bocas del Toro. The Spanish school can be combined with PADI courses at the local dive school, and you can explore many attractions around the island. Your final stop is Costa Rica. At this time your Spanish skills will have improved significantly, and you will be given the option to take a voluntary language test (A1 to C2) and earn your certificate. Of course, you will also get to enjoy amazing excursions with stunning beauty and perhaps a thrilling rafting trip.

By the end of this adventure you will have upskilled yourself in so many ways. You will have better understanding of the Spanish language, you will have experienced local cultures, and explored a mix of lesser-known and world-famous places. Plus, you'll have made friends for life. 

*From price per person based on shared accommodation

What's included
  • Return flights from the UK to Panama City and back from San Jose
  • Arrival airport transfer in Panama City
  • Breakfast x 28
  • Accommodation in dorm rooms
  • Four weeks of standard group Spanish lessons (20 hours per week) in four different locations - Panama City, Boquete, Bocas del Toro & Turrialba
  • Transportation between locations
  • Weekly introduction to the new location
  • Four Latin dance classes
  • Three local food cooking classes
  • Three Friday Happy Hours
  • Walking tour of Casco Viejo and Panama Canal Tour
  • Two nights stay on the San Blas Islands
  • Canopy Tour (zip-lining in the treetops)
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Rafting on the Pacuare River & overnight stay at River Camp
  • Booking fees
  • Your own personal travel advisor
What's not included
  • Travel insurance (but we can help you with that)
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the inclusions
  • Optional activities
  • Pocket money (we recommend budgeting around £400)

Itinerary suggestion Learn Spanish and Travel in Central America

Home - Panama City - San Blas Islands - Boquete - Bocas del Toro - Turrialba - Home

This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be customised to suit your unique travel plans. Make it longer, make it shorter. Add in the things you want to do. Get in touch with our travel experts to turn this itinerary into your dream adventure around Central America.

Week 1: Panama City to San Blas Islands, Panama

Welcome to Panama and the start of your adventure where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your first Spanish classroom of this four-week trip.

Alongside your regular Spanish classes you will get to see the most important historical marks of Panama and enjoy rooftop bars and local restaurants. You will also get to visit the Miraflores Visitor Centre to learn about the famous Panama Canal and see the huge ships pass through the locks. There will also be the opportunity to try out Latin dance classes with a local dance instructor.

Next up is a few days spent exploring the idyllic San Blas Island and getting to know a little about the indigenous Kuna people. There's a snorkel trip to a sunken ship included. Your days on San Blas won't have any formal Spanish classes, but your teacher will be on hand to provide information in Spanish and, if the group wants, organise games or tutoring sessions.

Week 2: Boquete, Panama

In week two you will travel from Panama City to Boquete on local buses. In the evening you will have an introduction to the Boquete school, its surroundings and the history of the area. The fresh climate in Boquete is great for studying and you'll make lots of progress in your Spanish learning here.

You can choose to stay at the school or go and live with a local host family for a week. There's a thrilling zip-lining experience included to enjoy Panama's rainforest from above and admire its magnificent beauty from 13 different canopy stations. Hiking, waterfalls, hot springs, a coffee tour, volcano Barú are attractions worth exploring while you're here too.

Week 3: Bocas del Toro, Panama

The following week you will travel via bus and boat from the highland town of Boquete to the Caribbean Island of Bocas del Toro. On Sunday, the catamaran tour with snorkeling will ease everybody into the Caribbean lifestyle. During the week, use your free time outside of Spanish classes to explore the many beaches and attractions around the islands in kayaks, bicycles or water taxis. A local dive school, a few steps away from our Spanish school, offers PADI courses for all levels if you want to learn to dive while you're here.

Week 4: Turrialba, Costa Rica

Your final stop is Costa Rica, and the non-touristy town of Turrialba. All of the Spanish that you've learned so far can be practised with the local “ticos”, a nickname for Costa Ricans. During the last day of classes on Friday, you can take a level test (levels A1 till C2) to see how far you've come in your Spanish learning. And at the final Happy Hour barbecue, certificates will be handed to all Travelling Classroom students with a fun chance to celebrate together.

Finish your Central America adventure with a rafting trip on the Pacuare. This excursion provides a thrilling ride down the Pacuare river surrounded by stunning natural beauty and offering exciting rapids to conquer. The campsite, located in the heart of the jungle, will provide an opportunity to learn about the rainforest and relax in a hammock before heading home.

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