Learn Spanish in Guatemala
Guatemala is situated at the northern end of the Central American isthmus. The country is flanked on the north and west by Mexico, on the southeast by El Salvador and Honduras, on the northeast by Belize and the Caribbean, and on the south by the Pacific. We offer you Spanish immersion programs in Guatemala; this is a good option to learn its culture and enjoy the country.
Among its natural wonders are the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, virgin tropical jungles, majestic volcanoes, and remarkable mountain lakes. This diversity of nature, combined with impressive colonial cities, some of the most outstanding places in the Mayan world, and the warmth of its people, makes Guatemala an outstanding place to participate in a Spanish immersion program. To the north, If you are interested in enjoying nature, Guatemala is a prime destination. Naturalists have identified more than twelve different ecosystems within the steep mountains, the forests of the Petn, and the coral reefs of the Caribbean. On the Pacific coast, the Monterrico Reserve is a haven for sea turtles that come to shore to lay their eggs on the beach. In the mountains are areas where one can see the exotic symbol of Guatemala, the Quetzal. Learn Spanish in Guatemala and fall in love with its beautiful landscapes.
In the Peten jungle live numerous species of birds, monkeys, jaguars, pumas, and insects. In and around the coral reefs of the Caribbean, are hundreds of species of plant and animal life. In this area you will find angelfish, coral of fire, several species of shark, three types of turtles, and saltwater crocodiles.
The Mayan Civilization hit its highest point in northern Guatemala during the Classic period. This race of architects, artists, priests and rulers are one of Mesoamericas most important cultures.
After the Spanish conquest, many of the churches and civic buildings established by colonists and religious orders still stand today.
Built on the legendary pre-Hispanic city of Kaminaljuy, Guatemala is the largest capitol in Central America. Founded in 1776 as Guatemala de Asuncin, the city is a blend of baroque-style colonial and 19th century neoclassical buildings such as the Cathedral, La Merced, Santo Domingo, Cerrito del Carmen, San Capuchinas churches, the strange Yurrita chapel and the outstanding National Palace. In other parts of the city, ultramodern tower blocks lay near he few remaining ruins of the pre-Hispanic city.
Located in the southern part of the city, the Zona Viva is an upmarket district of shops, hotels restaurants and nightclubs. On the cultural front there are a number of excellent museums of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Ixchel and Popol Vuh museums, respectively art galleries, theaters, bookstores and other activities.
Guatemala is characterized by its ethnic and cultural diversity. Divided into two clearly marked groups are the Indigens and the Ladinos (Mestizos and westernized Maya). The Indigens are descendants of the Maya and are subdivided into several native groups that form the Quich-Maya group. The other half of the population is made up of European descendants and mestizos.
Despite the fact that Spanish is the official language of Guatemala, the indigenous groups living in the western highlands speak variations of the old Mayan languages. Over the centuries, these people have not only continued to use their native languages, but have also maintained many of their traditions and customs. It is truly a fascinating experience to visit the many small indigenous communities and see firsthand how these people live. Enjoy your travel by learning Spanish in Guatemala.
If you have the time, you should visit some of the local religious sites where Catholicism has been mixed with pre-Columbian rituals.
If you are interested in history, Guatemala is a great place to visit. Throughout the country are thousands of colonial churches and buildings.
The most impressive colonial city in the Americas is Antigua. This city was once one of the three most important cities during the Spanish colonial rule (Lima and Mexico City were the other two).
The architecture of the entire city is done in colonial style. Surrounding the city are three volcanoes. The combination of old style architecture and the three volcanoes towering nearby the city is breathtaking.
We encourage you to learn more about this country and its culture in our Spanish Language schools in Guatemala.