High Basic Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Heart of Travel
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36 reviews
Jul 17 - 25, 2022
Group size: 6 - 8
High Basic Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

Jul 17 - 25, 2022
Group size: 6 - 8

About this trip

 ** Scroll down to view the complete day by day itinerary**

Experience nature, culture, and Spanish language learning on our 12-day/11-night immersion trip to Costa Rica. 

This trip is designed for students at the Advanced level, with nearly all activities conducted in Spanish. Your program directors, Chelsea and Chiva, will be available to provide translations and language correction when necessary. 

Our classroom time will be limited to 10 hours throughout the duration of the 12-day trip. In class, we will learn about Costarican history, politics, and culture and enjoy open discussion and debate in Spanish. The remainder of the trip will be filled with opportunities for practical application of Spanish, be it in a cooking class, on a jungle hike, at the market, or during an overnight homestay.

Learn more on our free Discovery Calls!

For those interested in joining our Spanish Immersion trip in Guatemala, we will be hosting two Discovery Calls via Zoom.  These calls consist of a brief presentation as we walk through the itinerary together before opening up the session to questions and general conversation. 

Join us on Sunday, March 21st at 11:00 am PST here

Join us on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:00 pm PST here

What’s included

  • Spanish Classes
    14 hours of structured Spanish immersion in the classroom while we study Guatemalan history, politics, culture, and the arts
  • Entrance & Guide Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets, and local guide fees for all activities included in the itinerary. All activities will be conducted in Spanish.
  • Transportation
    All transportation within Guatemala including domestic flights, private shuttles, boats, etc.
  • Accommodations
    10 nights of boutique hotel accommodation and 1 night with a local family on the lake
  • Meals
    12 breakfasts, 8 additional meals (not including alcoholic beverages)
  • 24/7 Assistance
    24/7 access to bilingual (native English speaking) Heart of Travel guides
  • Airfare
    International airfare to and from Guatemala City
  • Meals
    Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Tips
    Tips to local guides and tour leaders
  • Extra Activities
    Additional classes, tours, or activities done individually during free time (we can assist in coordinating these for you)
  • Travel Insurance
    We can gladly recommend a policy!

Available Packages

Double Occupancy Rate
Available until June 17, 20228 left

Price per person when booking a double occupancy spot. 

If you're traveling alone and are open to having a roommate please sign up for double occupancy and indicate that you're in need of a roommate.

Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy Rate
Available until June 17, 20228 left
Deposit: $500


Day One
Arrival to Guatemala & Welcome Dinner

Upon arrival at the La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City, you will be greeted by one of your Tour Leaders.  She will escort you to Antigua Guatemala via private shuttle to get you settled into your hotel and show you around town. 

In the evening we will enjoy an interactive Guatemalan cooking class at a small, locally-owned cooking school in Jocotenango, a quick 10-minute drive away from the bustling tourist center of Antigua Guatemala. 

Your Organizer

Heart of Travel
36 reviews
The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.


From my very first contact with her, Chelsea impressed me with her professionalism. responsiveness, and enthusiasm for ethical and sustainable exploration in Guatemala. She provided me with two itinerary proposals for a family visit to Guatemala in July 2021 and then tailored the one we chose to our family's needs and preferences. We opted to stay within a limited area to minimize in-country travel time and give us a few days to relax on Lake Atitlan. Our family of 4 (me, my husband, and our 2 boys, ages 13 and 18) enjoyed our trip immensely. The destinations and accommodations Chelsea booked for us were all excellent, and -- even more importantly -- the guides and local partners she chose were all outstanding. I'm a nervous passenger, and our drivers navigated both the traffic of Guatemala City and the winding mountain roads of the Highlands with equal calm and competence. Our guide Selvyn was unfailingly kind, patient, and knowledgeable (also a good, safe driver). A highlight was our visits to producers and artisans -- from Don Jose, the coffee grower outside of Antigua, and Joaquin, who gave us a cooking lesson on our first night (a do-not-miss experience), to the home cooks and textile artists in the Highlands and in San Juan on Lake Atitlan, everyone we met taught us something new and showed us something beautiful, moving, or delicious. At all of our accommodations, Chelsea had made all necessary arrangements, and our rooms met or exceeded our expectations. Chelsea was also an invaluable aid when it came to getting things like tipping and other local details right. She also arranged for covid testing on the eve of our departure; basically, she provided all the support we needed to ensure that our visit to her adopted home would be smooth and safe without feeling like we were just parachuting in for some R & R. After our eleven days in Antigua, the Highlands, and Atitlan, I hope to get back to Guatemala and Central America soon. When and if we do, Chelsea at Heart of travel will be the first person I'll contact.
By Elizabeth P for Liz Philips: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 28 Jul, 2021
I can't say enough about our custom trip to Guatemala. We changed our itinerary a few times before we even traveled and Chelsea was fantastic about all of our modifications. All of the information that we received prior to travel was amazing and had us very prepared when we arrived. Once we got there, everything was just as expected. All of the places chosen were beautiful, the local guides we had were the absolute best and our experience was nothing short of amazing. Given that we decided to go in June, during rainy season and the rainiest month of the year, we expected to have some potential weather issues. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather for the majority of the trip. However, for the one issue we did have, we asked to re-route our trip due to a weather issue and Chelsea and our fantastic local guide Selvyn made all of the changes for us last minute. We never would have known that we decided to take a completely different itinerary for 2 days if we hadn't requested them because everything went so smoothly. We learned so much about the country and the culture from Selvyn, saw everything we asked to see plus some, and truly enjoyed every moment we were there. They are truly the best and I wouldn't travel with anyone else if you go to Guatemala.
By Jodi W for Jodi Whitehead: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 25 Jun, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my 11-day/10-night trip to Guatemala and highly recommend Heart of Travel. The itinerary Chelsea planned for me was perfect. The pricing was very reasonable. Her communication and support before and during the trip was exceptional. She went above and beyond in helping me solve a couple of SNAFU’s of my own making. I look forward to traveling again with this company in the hopefully not too distant future. I consider myself a well-traveled (104 countries), fairly adventurous, 61-year-old. My previous trips have ranged from completely self-planned to high-end travel companies, solo to small group. I seek unique, authentic experiences. Probably more so than most travelers my age, I enjoy being active and even physically challenged. However, like most travelers my age, I have become old and spoiled and place great value in a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed in a safe environment.
By Kent M for Kent Miller: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 27 May, 2021
This trip exceeded my already high expectations. The itinerary was planned and crafted with such care to allow for an immersive experience. Chelsea and the Heart of Travel allow you to experience Guatemala like a local while touching on the experiences all tourists want to have. Chelsea welcomed us to Guatemala with open arms and we left with full hearts. An 11/10 experience; highly recommend.
By Julie I for Transportation and Tours Services: Julie Irwin on 18 May, 2021
Heart of Travel thinks of every possible scenario and detail and made every thing so effortless for us so we could just enjoy our trip. Will be using heart of Travel again and again! Great guides, shuttle drivers, and support through out the trip.
By Flow Yoga Adventures for Transportation and Tours Services: Suzanne on 10 May, 2021
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