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At our school, we allow you to customize your own learning schedule. Choose a program below, or simply select a specific number of hours per week, and the number of weeks you'd like to study. We guarantee that you'll see results in as little as one week of full-time study (4 hours a day).

STANDARD CLASSES

Design your own schedule!


At our school, we invite you to design your learning experience. Simply pick the number of hours you'd like to study each day, and how many days out of the week. Visit our Class Levels page to view schedule recommendations for your specific level of Spanish. At the end of the first week, our new students are able to express their desires and needs in a basic form and in two weeks might be able to maintain a conversation.

Course details:
  • 2-4 hours per day
  • 1-5 days a week
  • Free book containing exercises and other information
  • Supplementary materials given during the lessons
  • All Spanish levels welcome!
  • No hourly/weekly minimums required.
  • Accommodation package available
  • Price: $8/hour (one-on-one)
  • Price: $6.50/hour (for group of 2-8 people)

SPANISH FOR RETIRED EXPATS

OUR MOST POPULAR PROGRAM!

This is a specific program for retired residents or expats living in the Imbabura area. The most comfortable way to integrate in to the country is learning Spanish in our quiet, family atmosphere. This program focuses on practical daily situations, as well as the local culture and expressions. We put an emphasis on listening and speaking, and tailor this program especially to the needs and interests of older adults. It is never too late to become fluent in a second language!

Course details:
  • 1.5-4 hours per day
  • 1-5 days a week
  • Free book containing exercises and other information
  • Supplementary materials given during the lessons
  • All Spanish levels welcome!
  • No hourly/weekly minimums required.
  • Price: $8/hour (one-on-one)
  • Price: $6.50/hour (for group of 2-8 people)

INTENSIVE BACKPACKER SPECIAL

One week to start speaking Spanish!

This is the perfect course for travelers! Ideal for those who are new to Latin America and would like a better grasp of Spanish. This program covers the basics, emphasizing simple conversational and listening skills, which will benefit any type of traveler.

Course details:
  • Duration: 1 week
  • 4 hours per day/5 days a week
  • 5 days a week
  • Free book containing exercises and other information
  • Supplementary materials given during the lessons
  • Accommodation package available for additional cost
  • Price: $160

SPANISH FOR TWO

Two Students, One Teacher!


If you are traveling with your partner, your best friend, roommate, classmate, or just a new travel buddy, this is the perfect program for you.
 This programs offers customized classes for your specific needs. With one teacher for just you two, this program is full of interactive activities, simulations of real world situations, games, exercises, and lots of laughs! Like our Standard Classes, you design your schedule– you pick your hours, and days of the week. When you learn Spanish as a pair, you have someone to practice with during and after class! 
This weekly program is a sure bet to preparing you to travel in South America, sharing and enjoying.

Course details:
  • 2-4 hours per day
  • 1-5 days a week
  • Free book containing exercises and other information
  • Supplementary materials given during the lessons
  • Accommodation package available for additional cost
  • Price: $6.50/hour

SPANISH FOR FAMILIES

Learn alongside your kids!


Research shows that children who are exposed to the Spanish language at an early age benefit greatly in their language and reading development! Don’t miss the opportunity to give your children an extra step ahead! This program offers interactive learning for children of all ages. This program is designed to give everyone in the family an enriching Spanish experience. Pucará's Children’s classes are colorful, interesting, and fun, utilizing videos, music and children’s Spanish books. This program can be adapted for Kids (6 - 12 years) or also for Teens (12 – 16 years).

Course details:
  • 2-4 hours per day
  • 1-5 days a week
  • Free book containing exercises and other information
  • Supplementary materials given during the lessons
  • Accommodation package available for additional cost
  • Price: $6/hour

SPANISH + INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY TREK

(Two week excursion hiking or on horseback!)

This program is for the active outdoor enthusiast who has an interest in knowing the local indigenous communities and their way of life! We offer you one week of Spanish classes in Pucará, and one week of hiking (or horseback riding) through the pristine landscapes of Intag and Piñan, with stops and workshops in the rural communities. This program includes accommodation and transportation for the duration of the trip, and also meals, camping equipment, and a professional guide. (This program is an authentic opportunity to get to know the indigenous people of Ecuador, and part of your program fee goes to supporting the development of these communities.)

Course details:
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Includes 32 hours of Spanish class
  • Includes a 5 day trek (on foot or horseback) to surrounding areas
  • Free book containing exercises and other supplementary materials given during Spanish classes
  • Accommodation and transportation provided for two weeks
  • Meals, equipment, and guide provided during trek

SPANISH + MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

(Choose from a 10 or 15 day adventure!)

This program is for the true adventurer! We offer you one week of Spanish classes in Pucará, and a spectacular summit to one of the highest peaks in Ecuador! Before ascending Cayambe (5,790 meters), Cotopaxi (5,897 meters), or Chimborazo (6,310 meters), we plan three ascensions for acclimation (Fuya Fuya, Imbabura, and Cuicocha) to prepare you for your unforgettable climb!

Course details:
  • Duration: 10 or 15 days (you choose)
  • Includes 20-28 hours of Spanish class
  • 3 acclimating climbs (Fuya Fuya, Imbabura, and Cuicocha)
  • Free book containing exercises and other supplementary materials given during Spanish classes
  • Accommodation provided for duration of program
  • Meals and guide provided during climbing trips
  • Climbing equipment available for rent if needed

SPANISH + MUSIC, DANCE, OR CRAFT

Learn folklore dance, Andean music, or traditional embroidery!

While taking one week of Spanish classes, we also enroll you in 4 hours of class practicing a traditional art of your choice! Learn the traditional folklore dance of the region, or learn to play an Andean instrument, such as charango, guitar, flute, or quena. Both opportunities will offer you an immersion in authentic Andean music. Or perhaps you like to work with your hands? In addition to your Spanish classes, take 4 hours of embroidery class. Embroidery is a common practice here in Pucará, and many women make a living embroidering traditional blouses and belts. This program is the perfect way to enrich your Ecuador experience and immerse yourself in this traditional art.

Course details:
  • 4 hours of Spanish class, 5 days during the week
  • 2 hours of dance, music, or embroidery class, 2 days a week
  • Free book containing exercises and other supplementary materials given during Spanish classes
  • Transportation provided to all extracurricular classes
  • Accommodation package available for additional cost
  • Price: $210/week

Our Location

We are located in the beautiful countryside just outside of Otavalo and Cotacachi, Ecuador– in the quaint native community of Pucará.