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What makes Colombia a great place to study Spanish?

With a neutral and clear accent, friendly people, exotic landscapes and cosmopolitan cities, Colombia is definitely the place to learn Spanish.

Learn More Than Spanish has prepared this page to show you why Colombia is the best place to study Spanish. Cities to visit, things to do and people to meet will all help you practice your Spanish skills. The experiences gained here will stay with you throughout life.

Where to go?

Thanks to its privileged location, all the tropical environments are within reach; beaches, plains, rainforests, and deserts! Here are our top picks!

If you are feeling adventurous consider visiting:

The Amazon Jungle
The Amazon Jungle
Seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), of which five and a half million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations, including 10% within Colombia. Climbing 35-meter high trees, traveling to Leticia, visiting Monkey Island and Amacayacu National Park and bird watching are some of the exciting activities this region has in store for you.
The Colombian Pacific
The Colombian Pacific
One of the most humid regions on the planet, the Colombian Pacific rainforest showcases great biodiversity, lovely beaches, home of marine turtles and a place for the humpback whales to mate.
The Santander Region
The Santander Region
Want all the adventure? Visit Santander and enjoy Paragliding, kayaking, rafting, bungee jumping, rappelling, cave exploration and much more.

Want to indulge yourself while having fun learning Spanish? Consider visiting Colombia’s major cities:

Medellin
Medellin
Medellin is the second-largest city in Colombia, considered a Colombian hub for business, industry and technological development. In Medellin, you will enjoy modern shopping centers, generous public spaces, museums and theaters with a wide variety of scheduled events. Try visiting Medellin during Latin America’s biggest fashion event, Colombiamoda or perhaps the Medellin Flower Fair in early August.
Bogota
Bogota
Bogota, declared by the New York Times as one of the 31 destinations to visit in 2010, is an inspiring city with millions of amazing stories that surprise visitors every day.

A broad array of restaurants where local and international food can be enjoyed, many parks with concert facilities, plays, movies, storytellers as well as around 58 museums and over 70 art galleries are just a few places and activities you could enjoy in Bogota.

Cartagena
Cartagena
Declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage Site, Cartagena is the center of economic activity in the Caribbean, as well a popular tourist destination, a magical city with intense nightlife, international festivals, beaches, excellent cuisine, and a diverse hotel and tourist infrastructure.

Cost of Living

Colombian Food

Colombian cuisine varies regionally, is rich and diverse and is influenced by indigenous, Spanish, African, Arab and some Asian influences.

Colombian coffee is renowned for its high quality and distinctive taste. Try some of these recipes and practice your Spanish while having a “tinto”

Some traditional Colombian Dishes you don’t want to miss are “Ajiaco bogotano”, “Tamales Tolimenses”, barbecued meat from the Llanos Orientales, fish and plantains from the Caribbean coast and Bandeja Paisa form Antioquia among others.

Native fruit
Colombia is home to numerous tropical fruits, rarely found elsewhere. There are several varieties of bananas, uchuva, passion fruit, borojó, guava, mango, apple, pear, blackberry, strawberry and many others.

Current Situation in Colombia

We are often asked about the current political situation in Colombia and whether it is safe to visit. The current situation is that Colombia is more politically and economically stable now than it has been for 40 years, making it a great time to visit. The general safety for foreigners and Colombians is better than in most of the other other South American countries.

Sadly the western governments and press have been slow to accept the changes that have occurred and prefer to focus on its previous negative past. As a result many of the advisory agencies still place the country in a high-risk category.

For a variety of reasons, mainly language and availability, it can be hard for people outside the country to get a good idea of what is happening there. We recommend that students and their families do some research into the real state of Colombia outside the popular media.

There are a number of web sites and other forms of media that give a more up-to-date and balanced view of the current state of the country. We recommend the following to gain a better understanding of the current situation:

Wiki Travel

Lonely Planet

The Guardian (UK Newspaper and Media site)

Colombia Travel

Safety and Security

While it is true Colombia is less safe than some other destinations our personal view is that with a few precautions the chances of you having any problems are very minimal. We help ensure this by providing good greeting services for arriving students and maintaining a visible and positive posture in the communities where we operate. We also give advice and suggestions as part of our school orientation process.