Spanish Adventure is more than just a Spanish school in Colombia. It provides authentic immersion in Colombian culture in the town of San Carlos. When I joined Spanish Adventure, I was surprised to discover that I wasn’t only a visitor, but became a member of the community too. Every day, I saw many of the same friendly faces and, over the past month, some of them have become friends. Let me introduce you to some of them!
Adventuring in Antioquia’s glorious nature is unparalleled; the waterfalls, the rivers, the hiking and climbing and camping opportunities are endless. The empanadas are plentiful and the palitos de queso (cheesy sticks) abundant. At Spanish Adventure we are fortunate to access all this, and more.
Thanks to Spanish Adventure’s excellent location in San Carlos, the school offers great insight into the area’s hidden gems. Guatapé, just two hours from San Carlos, is famous for her 200-meter tall, granite rock: El Peñol. Most tourists take the stairs to reach the top—but Spanish Adventurers aren’t “most tourists”, so we tied in to harnesses and ropes for incredible, adrenaline-enhanced views of the area.
For a week of true Colombian partying, join Las Fiestas Del Agua in San Carlos. You won't regret this wet, wild and magical stop in your travels. Just three hours by bus from Medellín, San Carlos makes the perfect weekend getaway from big city life. Ready to celebrate the water like a real San Carlitano? Here are Spanish Adventure’s top tips for getting the most out of the Fiestas del Agua.
So, if you are interested in learning Spanish, in experiencing Colombian culture like a local, and exploring the beautiful natural landscapes, Spanish Adventure is the place for you. But what exactly does a week at Spanish Adventure look like? Everything you ever wanted to know about life at Spanish Adventure.
South America is a truly wonderful, magical place. It has everything you could want in a backpacking adventure. In this article, some well-earned road wisdom is laid out to help you plan the South American trip of your dreams. From figuring out your ‘why?’ to learning the language. Vamonos!
Travelling is a wonderful exciting adventure, but being away from home for an extended period of time can take it's toll. My advice: slow down. Studying Spanish allows you to travel more easily, have more authentic interactions with locals, and it’s also a wonderful opportunity to slow down and settle in somewhere for a little while. I’ll tell you why you won’t regret it!
You can’t visit San Carlos without meeting Sandra. She’s one of the first friendly faces you see in the town, and always has the time you to speak with you in Spanish. She also sells some of the best Colombian food in Antioquia – perhaps Colombia. We asked Sandra everything you ever wanted to know about her.
You have Spanish lessons in the morning and swim and jump off rocks during the adventures while exploring the beautiful San Carlos landscape. BUT, somehow, you still have energy. In San Carlos you can find a lot of places where you can exercise or play sports. We show you where to go!
“Nunca nos fuimos. Siempre resistimos” – We never left. We always resisted. Over three decades of violence – encompassing paramilitary groups, guerrilla insurgencies, and state actors – provoked one of the largest exoduses in Colombia. This mural captures the essence of San Carlos during the years of violence: all that remained were the ‘resisters’ and the birds.
While Colombia’s civil war is formally over, one explosive part of its history remains. Colombia’s national sport, Tejo, involves gunpowder, steel projectiles, and alcohol. A combination of any of the latter might sound like a recipe for disaster, yet blowing stuff up while drinking beer is perhaps the best national sport a country could wish for.
Before coming to Colombia, Colombian food seemed to consist only of meat-filled empanadas and arepas - not really vegetarian. Moreover, vegetarianism is not widespread in the region - less than eight percent of South Americans eat no meat. However, being a vegetarian gave me the opportunity to try new food and improve my Spanish at the same time!
If someone on the street calls you parce, should you be offended? If they offer a pola, is it a good idea to accept? What about a perrico? Speaking Spanish in Colombia for the first time can be a little disorienting – although the accent is relatively clear, the slang is seemingly endless.
Before I came to San Carlos and Spanish Adventure, I didn’t really like the language and felt uncomfortable when I tried to speak Spanish. The people couldn’t always understand me. During my stay at Spanish Adventure, I felt more and more comfortable, even though I always made mistakes. I will explain you why!
The event that sparked Colombia's revolt against Spanish rule was the mere smashing of a flower vase. Well, maybe not, but that's the story told to Colombian schoolchildren when they learn about their country's independence. What about the vase and the independence of Colombia?
At Spanish Adventure anyone who has the desire to learn, can get taught Spanish. We provide you with personal motivation, the chance to learn about Colombian culture and the ability to communicate with your friends. You can also focus on broadening your knowledge within a certain topic, like Narcis Serafras.
Colombia is a perfect place to learn Spanish in South America. The lingo is clear, the weather is great and there is always so much to do. But most people only consider the main cities when deciding where to study; here is why you should come to San Carlos instead!
Everyone who studies recognises the feeling; learning can make you so hungry! Luckily at Spanish Adventure the lunch is included in our packages - and it’s not just a simple lunch, we go after classes to the restaurant. What is it like there? We asked one of our students, Kelly, and the owner of the restaurant, Aji Dulce, Paola.