Latin American Flavors - Hybrid Culinary Program

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

1 review
Duration: 10 days
Group size: 5 - 20
Latin American Flavors - Hybrid Culinary Program
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

1 review

Duration: 10 days
Group size: 5 - 20

About this trip

This is a "build-your-own" program that will be based in Costa Rica, but can be enjoyed from any part of the world. Select from two 12-week online courses and two 10-day in-person experiences to design the program that fits your needs - whether fully virtual, only in-person, or a hybrid combination that satisfies your hunger for gastronomic learning! Keep reading to learn more about the program options.

Program Summary

Latin American cuisine is very diverse and varies from New World wine to corn-based dishes, and everything in between. 

Combining the influence and flavors of Native Americans, Asians, Europeans, and Africans, Latin American flavors are a feast for even the most demanding palate. 

Our hybrid program is paired with a very important culinary school in the region, Amura Centro Culinario, located exactly in the middle of the continent of America, in San José, Costa Rica, where we bring the best from the Americas to one centralized location. 

Join us as our master chefs, local ingredients, and tropical weather mix and match perfectly to develop a delicious experience for you that will teach cultural awareness, Spanish language, and give you a new and fresh touch to bring to your clients.

After 12-weeks of virtually exploring Latin American cuisine and the Spanish language, you'll be invited to participate in an optional 10-day immersive program in Costa Rica to cumulate this innovative program. Not interested in the virtual options? You'll also have the option to just select the in-person experience in Costa Rica.

About Amura

Amura Culinary Center is the largest cooking school in Central America and the Caribbean with more than 2,400 square meters devoted to gastronomic experiences. Located in San José, it is just minutes away from many of the top restaurants in Costa Rica.

Amura offers three levels of technical degree in Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship with an emphasis on Gastronomy. Their focus involves stimulating the path to personal and professional development, allowing the entrepreneurial spirit of their students to be maximized.

This innovative educational method supports the development of holistic professionals who respond to the demands of competitiveness and trends in world gastronomy. Amongst their innovations is the first and only "Dark Kitchen" in a culinary school in Latin America. This entrepreneurial space is available for student use as they develop their own businesses.

Learn more at and tour their facilities at

Virtual Courses

 There are two virtual courses for this program: 

  • Spanish for the Kitchen
  • Latin American Cuisine: Origin and Trends

Outline for the Origin and Trends course:

Week 1: An overview of the historical context of food in Latin American and the evolution of its trends

Week 2: The Industrialization of Foods in Latin America 

Weeks 3 and 4: Mexico: Heritage and Influences (Spain)

Weeks 5 and 6: Peru: Heritage and Influences (Japan)

Weeks 7 and 8: Argentina: Heritage and Influences (Europe)

Weeks 9 and 10: Costa Rica: Heritage and Influences (Spain)

Weeks 11 and 12: Current Trends: Latin American Fusion


As these topics are developed, learners will also enjoy:

  • 3 hours of Spanish classes per week (Spanish for the Kitchen)
  • Cultural & cooking experiences 
  • Guest lectures 

Virtual programs start February 1st and end April 30th.

What’s included

  • Lodging
    9-nights of lodging in Costa Rica (shared room, extra $250 for single supplement) 7 nights in San José, the capital of Costa Rica & 2 nights on the Caribbean coast
  • Transportation
    All ground transportation in Costa Rica to and from airport, learning sites, and activities
  • Breakfasts & Some Meals
    Breakfast each day, and many other meals included in activities (it is a culinary program!)
  • Learning Activities
    30-40 hours of experiential learning activities, plus tourism and cultural activities
  • 24/7 Support
    In-country support for anything
  • Pre-Program Onboarding
    Pre-program onboarding to prepare you for the journey in Costa Rica (culture, customs, packing, weather, what to expect, etc.)
  • Bilingual Guide
    Bilingual program leader for the entire trip
  • Airfare
  • Luggage fees
  • Some meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance
    Health insurance is currently mandatory for all unvaccinated visitors. However, health insurance is highly recommended for all participants.
  • Covid test
    (Might be required to return to your home country - not required to enter Costa Rica)

Available Packages

Online Course - Latin American Cuisine

Online courses run from February 1st to April 30th.

Deposit: $300
Online Course - Spanish for the Kitchen

 Online courses run from February 1st to April 30th. 

Deposit: $300
10-days in CR: The Flavor Experience

Chose from May 14 to 23 or May 28 to June 6

Deposit: $500
Bundle 1 - Hybrid 3
Available until 30 days before departure

Two online courses + in-person experience

 Online courses run from February 1st to April 30th. 

In-person experience: chose from May 14 to 23 or May 28 to June 6

Deposit: $1,000
Bundle 2 - Hybrid 2

One online course + in-person experience

Online courses run from February 1st to April 30th. 

 In-person experience: chose from May 14 to 23 or May 28 to June 6 

Deposit: $800
Bundle 3 - Virtual

Two online courses (6 credit hours)

Online courses run from February 1st to April 30th. 

Deposit: $500

Available options

Single Room Supplement


Day 1
Welcome Activity

Welcome workshop: Latin American Cuisine with in-person cooking class; debrief and Q&A with the Chef.

Your Organizer

Costa Rica Global Learning Programs
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Costa Rica Global Learning Programs delivers authentic, experiential learning opportunities through immersive and memorable customized programs that are co-designed with faculty to ensure their learning objectives are met. We strive to be the organization that develops study abroad programs with the highest positive impact in the region.


I had a very fun time connecting with different professionals in Costa Rica. I loved learning about the cuisine and different healthcare trends in Costa Rica. Working with Dr. Ericka to produce an informational video was very exciting and it feels nice to know this video will help the people of Casa de Socorro!
By rabia c for Virtual Internship Program on 19 Apr, 2022