The Spanish School
Due to the success with her schools, the owner of the schools in Turrialba (Costa Rica) and Bocas del Toro (Panama) opened a new school in Boquete in 2006. The school is housed in their private home which located outside of Boquete and is nestled in a lush green setting with a fruit garden which attracts lots of humming-birds and has a splendid volcano view. The garden has several ‘kiosko’s’, charming open spaces with thatched roofs where classes are given. The school offers private and group lessons. Groups are never bigger than four students. Classes start at 08.00 and last till 12.30 with two breaks of 15 minutes.
There is a bus stop near the school, where busses frequently pass which bring you to Boquete in a few minutes. The school is excellent for students who appreciate tranquillity and want to combine learning the language with exploring the outdoors. This location is not the best choice for people who like to go out every night; than Bocas del Toro will be a better option. The teachers in Boquete use exactly the same methods as in Bocas del Toro and Turrialba. Therefore classes at different schools correspond perfectly. Besides if you book a combination your exact level is passed through to the next school by the school coordinator. Combine schools, get to know the everyday Costa Rican or Panamanian life, explore outdoors, (hike volcano’s, visit rainforest, go river rafting, mountain biking or horseback riding just to name a few) and add Caribbean beach life to your Spanish learning package, all at the same time!
The possible accommodations
In the standard package we have added stay in a shared room in the school with group classes. You’ll share the bathroom, kitchen, living room and terrace with the other students. If you prefer a single room you can get one at additional costs of $ 35 per week. You can choose for a single room with your own bathroom as well for an extra $ 35 per week. In case you prefer to have private lessons a single room is added standard in your package. You can order a continental breakfast daily and pay on the premises. Normally the other meals are prepared together or in turn with the other students and costs are shared.
We can arrange an airport pickup package from the airport of Panama City or David. The package with transport from Panama City includes:
Meet and greet by a taxi driver carrying a sign with your name, at the International Airport. He will then take you to a hotel in Panama City, where you will have a private room, breakfast and internet use. Next morning or afternoon you will be taken from the hotel to the domestic airport, for your less than one hour flight to David. At the Airport of David, there will be another taxi driver waiting to take you to your accommodation and show you around some important places in town. Afterwards, you will be brought to the school where a representative of the school will give you information about the school.
This package costs $ 185.
At the Airport of David, there will be a taxi driver waiting to take you from David directly to your accommodation of choice in Boquete and show you some important places in town. Afterwards, you will be brought to the school where a representative will give you information about the school. This package costs $ 25.
By bus: You can travel fairly easy by bus from San José, Costa Rica. You will need to stay a night in San José. Take a look here for different hotels in San José which you can reserve on line for $ 10 per night per person. There is a direct bus leaving at 7.30am from the Alfaro Bus terminal in the centre San José to David, near Boquete. The trip takes seven and a half hours and costs approx. $10. In David every half hour busses leave for "Entrada de Palmira" ($1.40) where you get off and walk the 180 meter to the school. A school’s representative can pick you up in David and take you to the school for $25.
Included in the standard package in Boquete
- Private or shared lessons of 4 hours per day, five days a week.
- Study material.
- Registration fee.
- Accommodation at the school in 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.
- Optional: Panama City package $ 185; two transfers and a night in a single or double room in Panama City.
- Optional: Transfer from Panama City to Boquete $18
|Panama||Classes||hpd||1 wk||2 wks||3 wks||4 wks||extra week||extra night||transfer|
|Boquete||private||4||$ 347||$ 660||$ 959||$ 1176||$ 274||$ 13||n/a|
|Boquete||group||4||$ 259||$ 457||$ 651||$ 822||$ 185||$ 8||n/a|
COUNTRY INFO PANAMA
Panama is a Central American country that is hardly known as a tourist attraction. This is quite strange considering what it has to offer: tropical rain forests with jaguars and cougars, no less than 1600(!) islands, white sandy beaches with palm trees and a deep blue sea. If you want to learn Spanish on a Caribbean island in the middle of the jungle, Panama is the place!
This long stretched, relatively small country (slightly bigger than Holland) has a staggering 3000 kilometres of coastline. The inland consists of a mountain range from which it is possible to see, on a clear day, both the Caribbean sea and the Pacific ocean. In this sparsely populated country the capital Panama City is only a few miles away from a deep jungle that has over 940 different species of birds. There are still parts of the rain forest that are practically impossible to visit. In the Caribbean sea are two large Panamanian island groups: The San Alas islands with its Kuna population and the 'Bocas del Toro' archipelago. The Kuna get their livelihood from trade in coconuts and they make beautiful molas (textile products that are unique to these islands). It is a very impressive place to visit, but one needs time and money for it. Bocas del Toro however, is easily reached by boat or plane.
Panama's main tourist attraction is the Panama Canal, its strategical position has made it a powerful political instrument. It took 33 years to complete. A French company started the project in 1881. It was thought they had enough experience after working on the Suez Canal, but after two years, and 22.000 workers that had died from malaria, they went bankrupt. An American company took over, eradicated malaria in Panama, and finished the job. On August 15, 1914 the first ship sailed through the Panama Canal. The US were in control of the Panama canal until December 31, 1999, when the Panamanian government officially took over the control of the canal. At this date the US also closed its permanent military bases, so now Panama is completely independent. From the millennium on Panama seems to cope very well without the American presence and is completely independent now.
- A trip from Panama City to the Panama Canal.
- All beach activities such as: surfing, diving, snorkelling, sailing and water-skiing.
- Horseback riding
- Mountain biking
- Visit the San Blas islands with its Kuna Indians.
- Visit Boquete (1000 meters) at the foot of the volcano Barú (3475 meters).
- Go hiking in a national park.
- Transport: bus or cheap domestic flight.
City Info Boquete
Boquete is a small village of only 4000 inhabitants, located at 1060 meters above sea level, nestled in a beautiful green valley. The sparkling river Caldera is running through the village and volcano Barú raises majestically above surrounding mountains. Throughout Panama Boquete is known for its cool and fresh climate and pristine natural environment. Because of the very fertile volcanic soil, coffee, flowers, vegetables and citrus fruits are growing here abundantly. Especially coffee farms are an important source of income for indigenous people living in the mountains above Boquete. The Guaymís women wear colourful dresses and are commonly seen in the village.
Volcano Barú is the only volcano in Panama and there is no record of its last eruption. The National Park Barú offers some great hikes to the top of the volcano or along the volcano to Cerro Punta. For birdwatchers this is the place to be. There isn't only one crater but seven. At the top of the volcano you will be able to see the Caribbean as well as the Pacific coast on a clear day. In the second week of January a flower festival takes place. Boquete is known for its flower-lined streets and during this holiday season many Panamanians come to Boquete to admire the flowers and dance during the nights in one of the open air discothèques. In November there are some national holidays throughout the month which are celebrated extensively with parades and dancing during the night.
- Visit "Mi jardin es su jardin", a beautiful garden with particular plants and flowers.
- Visit "El explorador" just outside of Boquete.
- Visit the museum in Boquete with pre-Columbian artifacts found in the surroundings.
- Drink the world famous Boquete-coffee in one of its cafe’s.
- Hike in the rainforest outside Boquete and see the waterfalls, cliffs on your own or in a guided tour.
- Hike Vulcan Barú: but be aware this is something for people in good condition; the total duration of the hike is 11 hours.
- Visit a rodeo.
- Bird watching there are many rare species for instance the quetzal.
- Fish for trout in the river.
- Hors back riding
- White water rafting and kayaking are tops in this area due to the great diversity and number of rivers.
- Splash in one of the hot water wells or in the swimming pool in the village.
- Visit small villages around Boquete as: Volcán, Cerro Punta (for the world famous hors stables or to fish for trout) of Guadelupe to see the orchid nursery.
Combine Turrialba, Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro and or Boquete in one trip with 1 or 2 weeks of lessons in Turrialba and one or 2 weeks of lessons in Bocas del Toro or Boquete.
The temperature on Bocas del Toro is on average 28ºC during the day and 22ºC at night. Most rain falls in July, November, December and January, usually late during the day or at night. Boquete has a mild climate with an average temperature of 20º C.
Come with Adiós Travel to learn Spanish in Boquette, Panama