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Turrialba, Costa Rica

The Spanish school

The small Spanish school in Turrialba has the same owner as the schools in Bocas del Toro and Boquete in Panama. Combinations of these schools are easily made and the school gives a discount of 10% on classes when made a combination of at least 2 schools.
The owner’s large house and school with a splendid view of the valley and the nearby volcano is located three kilometres outside of Turrialba.
You can choose between 4 hours of private lessons or group lessons a day. A group contains no more than four students. In case you book group lessons and there are no other students with the same level of Spanish as you, you will get private lessons for the same monetary value as group lessons.

You can also choose mini group lessons, but only when there are two or three of you travelling together, this way you wil form your own group for classes. This is ony possible if you are all of the same level of Spanish. The lessons are given on the veranda overlooking the valley. There are also hammocks here where you can chill out after classes.

Afternoon activities

The school organizes varying afternoon activities such as: salsa classes, horse back rides, cooking workshops, and visits to an orphanage or an old people's home. At the end of the week there generally is a drink in the school or in the village for teachers and students. In the weekends you can go river rafting on a beautiful river surrounded by jungle or go hiking in the crater of the dormant volcano en race back to town on a mountain bike.


In the standard package price for private classes, we have included stay in a single room, and with group classes stay in a shared room ( 2 or 3 students) at the school. If you book group lessons but prefer a single room, this is possible if a private room is available. Book in time because there are only a few rooms at the school.

The atmosphere in the house is cosy; the meals are usually cooked, and the dishes done, together with the other people there, but do not worry: this is voluntary. Turrialba is a great place for people who want to chill out, read on the veranda, go for mountain- and jungle walks, horse back riding or river rafting. At night the students play games, watch TV or a Spanish spoken film on dvd. It is not a location where you will meet lots of other students due to the smaller size of the school but you can meet people in town or during excursions or Voluntary Work.

Instead of staying in a room at the school uitsoude the town of Turrialba you can also opt for a home stay in a family in or on the outskirts of Turrialba. In the host families you get 2 meal a day and they can do your laundry for you. You will have to walk or take the bus to school (2-3 km)

Voluntary work

Turrialba has many institutions which like to cooperate with the language school. They are happy with the help of the students in the community. You can, for instance, help to give English lessons or read to elderly people or kids at the orphanage; you practice your Spanish and help the local population at the same time! Twice a week the school organizes free English lessons to the locals in which you can participate and this is a good way to get to know the local Costa Ricans, who are called tico's and tica's.

Possible excursions (prices can vary, please check with the school once there)
Rafting (one day acuare) $55.-
Horseback tour (half day)   $35,-
Canyoning &Canopy tour (half day $60,-
Coffee tour (half day) (does not include transportation) $15,-
Waterfall tour (half day) $12.50
Snake farm tour (half day) $15.-


The transfer

We can arrange a transfer for you where you will be picked up at the airport of San José by a taxi driver and brought directly to Turrialba, the trip takes about an hour and a half and costs $ 60. If you want or need to stay a night in San José, we recommend you reserve a hostel or hotel with a transfer in advance.  Click here for different hotels in San José which you can reserve on line from $ 10 per night per person.

Included in the standard package in Turrialba

  • Private or group lessons of 4 hours per day, five days a week.
  • Study material.
  • Registration fee.
  • Accommodation at the school in either a private room (if you book private classes) and in a shared room (in case of group classes) during the study period from Saturday to Saturday. In case you prefer a different combination , check prices below.
  • Optional: Transfer from San José to Turrialba ($ 60).
2007 and 2008 All prices are in $ US Dollars. hpd = hours per day
Costa Rica Classes hpd 1 wk 2 wks 3 wks 4 wks extra wk extra night transfer
shared room
group 4 $ 265 $ 475 $ 685 $ 895 $ 225 $ 10 $ 60
private room
group 4 $ 300 $ 545 $ 790 $ 1035 $ 260 $ 15 $ 60
host family
group 4 $ 280 $ 505 $ 730 $ 955 $ 240 $ 15 $ 60
shared room
minigrp 4 $ 295 $ 525 $ 765 $ 1005 $ 255 $ 10 $ 60
private room
minigrp 4 $ 330 $ 595 $ 870 $ 1145 $ 290 $ 15 $ 60
host family
minigrp 4 $ 310 $ 550 $ 805 $ 1059 $ 285 $ 15 $ 60
shared room
private 4 $ 385 $ 715 $ 1045 $ 1375 $ 345 $ 10 $ 60
private room
private 4 $ 420 $ 785 $ 1150 $ 1515 $ 380 $ 15 $ 60
host family
private 4 $ 400 $ 745 $ 1090 $ 1435 $ 360 $ 15 $ 60


Costa Rica is probably the most beautiful country of Central America and maybe even of Latin America when it comes to the diversity of the nature. It has rain forest, cloud forest, active volcanoes and gorgeous beaches, both on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Eleven percent of the country is a national park and twenty-seven percent is protected land; it is the El Dorado for nature lovers. If you choose to go to Costa Rica, many splendid sights await you: national parks, active volcanoes, rain forest, cloud forest, mountains and 1200 kilometres of coastline.

The countries population of 4.5 million is gathered mainly in the cities which is why you can still find a great variety of animals in the wild; monkeys, turtles, sloth's, skunks, anteaters, armadillos and 850 different types of tropical birds. Some of these animals are unique in the world. If one is very lucky, one can encounter jaguars or other large, wild cats. There are active volcanoes you can climb, up to a safe distance, and observe volcano activities. It is quite common to see lava flowing at the Arenal volcano and you will definitely feel the earth tremble. Monteverde is a national park with very impressive cloud forest. In this jungle you can still encounter the endangered Quetzal bird, which is the national bird of Guatemala, but can be found more often here. Keep in mind though, that you will not be the only traveller enjoying nature in Costa Rica.

National Park Tortuguero lies on the Caribbean coast and every year thousands of green sea turtles come here to lay their eggs on the beach, from July to October. Fans of an active holiday will love Costa Rica. You can mountaineer, surf (both windsurfing and surfing), go deep-sea fishing, do wild water rafting, biking and go horse riding. The beaches of Costa Rica are amongst the prettiest in the world and are a perfect spot to enjoy a week of palm trees, blue sea, reggae music and cocktails. Costa Rica is nicknamed the Switzerland of Latin America because the standard of living is high and it has no army.

Activities Costa Rica

  • Horse back riding trips
  • Mountain biking
  • Bird spotting (over 850 different species)
  • Climb volcanoes
  • River rafting
  • Canopy tours
  • All beach activities such as: surfing and windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, sailing, waterskiing.
  • Trekking through Nature Parks either with or without a guide: Parque Nacional Corcovado: rain forest, Parque Nacional Santa Rosa: tropical forest (ideal for camping), Parque Nacional Chirripó: hike to the highest top of Costa Rica (3820 m.).
  • Visit the Peninsula de Osa: unspoiled nature.
  • Camping
  • Try out 'gallo pinto' for breakfast or 'casado' for dinner. Both are good variations for "rice and beans".
  • Great possibilities for going out at night.
  • Transport: bus


Turrialba has about 40.000 inhabitants and is situated on the road between the colonial city of Cartago and the Caribbean coast. It is a quiet village without many bars or discos but with a few restaurants. On weekends there are some places where the locals go for entertainment but it is not known for its nightlife. The mountainous area around Turrialba is rural and consists of coffee plantations, farms, river valleys and jungle. The small town is situated near the nexus of the two prettiest rivers of Costa Rica, the Rio Reventazón and the Rio Pacuari, which is why it is very popular with river rafters. You can go wild water rafting throughout the year being surrounded by jungle. For connoisseurs: possibilities up to class 4!

Activities Turrialba

  • River rafting
  • Horse back riding trips
  • Mountain biking
  • Walk in the crater of the Irazú volcano.
  • Canopy tours: explore the rain forest high up in the trees by means of ropes and platforms.
  • Visit the most important archaeological excavation of Costa Rica: 'Monumento Nacional Guayabo' 9 km. outside of Turrialba; dating from 1000 BC till 1400 AC.
  • Relax in the weekend on the Caribbean beaches like Cahuita of Puerto Viejo.
  • Weekend: visit Tortuguero from February till the beginning of October (breeding ground for the 'leatherback' tortoise and the green tortoise). Besides them there are 400 different types of birds, caimans and crocs here.

Travel tip

Combine your Spanish lessons in Turrialba with lessons in Bocas del Toro or Boquete in Panama. You will get a discount of 10% on the price for classes if you combine at least two schools. On weekends you can take one or two day excursion by public transport and visit turtles and mangroves in the National Park of Tortuguero. If you want a more active nightlife you can check out Puerto Viejo or Cahuita for a weekend on the beach of the Caribbean.


Costa Rica has a nice year long temperature of a maximum of 26ºc. The rainy season is from May to November with a peak in August/September. These months are very popular with river rafters looking for fast flowing rivers.

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