Now you can study Spanish at Panama's most and best reviewed network of Spanish schools, in Panama City, Bocas del Toro, and in Boquete!
The valley of Boquete, Panama's Eco-Adventure Capital, is located in the southwestern highlands of Panama at 1,200 meters above the sea level. Nestled in the country's most mountainous region, surrounded by untouched tropical cloud forests, this charming town is situated between the Caldera River and the Baru Volcano.
On the other hand, the paradisaical islands of Bocas del Toro's archipelago, Panama's top beach destination, are located in the country's northwest Caribbean waters only a 45 minute flight from Panama City, a 1 hour flight from San José, Costa Rica, or a 3 hour drive and 30 minute boat ride from Boquete. Secluded golden and white-sand beaches surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters await you.
Meanwhile Panama City, Central America's trendiest capital, is located in the center of the country surrounded by dense tropical jungle and flanked to the South by the Pacific Ocean. Famous for its enchanting Old City Quarters (Casco Viejo), multicultural vibe and pulsating nightlife, you can reach Panama City with direct flights from over 15 cities in the USA, 7 in Canada, 6 European cities and almost every single major city in Latin America.
Start your Spanish learning vacation in Panama City. Here you'll get to experience a truly international metropolis that serves as a crossroads for people from all over the world. Hundreds of years of colonial past can be felt through its labyrinth of streets which make a rich contrast with all its modern attractions. El Cangrejo and Obarrio are the perfect areas to walk and get lost in the urbanized pulsating chaos, with people, shops and restaurants from every corner of the globe. High-rise condos, casinos, wild bars and the posh nightclubs of Calle Uruguay complement the scene and The Cinta Costera, the newest pedestrian area by the coast, is the perfect getaway for a mellower afternoon. Don't miss the Casco Viejo, the city's historic district and all its charming architecture, plazas and churches, juxtaposed with a unique blend of renovated buildings where you'll encounter the most fashionable restaurants and bars. The Amador Causeway, linking four small islands in the city's bay, offers breathtaking views to the most spectacular skyline and is home to the Museum of Biodiversity, by renowned architecture Frank Gehry, which will help you understand and appreciate Panama's natural beauty as it tells the story of how the isthmus rose from the sea, uniting two continents and changing life on Earth forever. Soberania National Park, which borders the throbbing capital, is one of the most accessible places in Central America for wildlife observation and is a great introduction to tropical jungles and rainforests. Your trip to Panama City won't be complete without a tour to the Panama Canal and the ruins of Panama La Vieja, the city's first settlement destroyed by pirates several centuries ago. And make sure to not leave the country without some serious shopping at one of the city's malls where you'll find brands of exclusive clothing and electronic goods from all over the world at great prices.
Then take your Spanish Program to Boquete's mountains: you name it, Boquete has it! For extreme adrenaline, White Water River Rafting in the Chiriqui Viejo. For coffee lovers, Coffee Tours to coffee plantations and processing farms in Palmira, Palo Alto and Alto Quiel. To admire the beauty of the tropical cloud forest, Zip Line Canopy Tours in Palo Alto. For a challenging trek and a chance to view the both oceans from Panama's highest point, Hike and Camp to the top of the Baru Volcano. For the most incredible hike, complete the Quetzals' Trail footpath from Cerro Punta to Boquete. For a relaxing afternoon, the Caldera Hot Springs. For the western type, Horseback Riding through Caldera's valleys. To admire nature's abundance, Bird Watching Tours. For extreme sports enthusiasts, Rock Climbing & Rappelling at Los Ladrillos in Bajo Mono. During the weekend Boat Trips & Island Hopping Tours can be arranged to Bolaños or Gamez Islands in the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park. Some of Panama's best surfing is just a couple of hours away in the world famous town of Santa Catalina and the most amazing scuba diving spots are found at Isla Coiba which is also in the Chiriqui Gulf.
Fancy even more beach and sun? Continue studying Spanish in Bocas del Toro where you'll be able to experience first class scuba diving, and some pretty wicked surfing! And many other water sports are just a short boat ride away. Take a day tour and sail by catamaran to Dolphin Bay and snorkel in Crawl Cay. Or cross the island and chill at Starfish Beach and then head towards Swan's Cay and Bird's Island. Spend the day jungle trekking or cycling by postcard perfect shores full of coconuts and palm trees, be it at Bluff Beach or Bastimentos' Playa Larga. Zipline in Red Frog's Sky Canopy Tour. Explore the rainforest and bump into sloths, howler monkeys and discover a hidden cave full of bats... Private boutique hotels built on stilts over emerald waters and a vibrant island town nightlife that seduces all. Be it Bocas Town on Isla Colon, Carenero, Bastimentos or the wildlife-rich wetlands at Humedal de San-San Pond Sak where you can find manatees, Panama's top Caribbean destination has a chilled vibe and a laid back atmosphere that will certainly make you want to stay... forever!
It's also good to know that both Boquete and Bocas del Toro have a wonderful sense of community, as does the neighborhood which is home to our school in Panama City, which gives you the opportunity to practice your Spanish and interact with the local culture in an ideal setting allowing you to become part of a very special place. On the other hand it doesn't hurt that virtually everything around our schools is within walking distance, so wherever you decide to stay, your language travel holiday in Latin America will be highly convenient and straightforward: no risk of wasting your time on daily commutes all over the place.
Boquete, known as the best coffee producer in the world, enjoys a sunny Spring mountain climate, comfortable all year around, considered nearly perfect, with temperatures ranging between 60° to 80° F (16° - 28° C). Thanks to its 1200 meters (3,600-foot) elevation, the area's microclimates deduct 10 crucial degrees (Celsius) from the incessant and humid lowland heat allowing you to have Spanish classes in a fresher environment if you can't deal with hotter climates.
Bocas del Toro's weather on the other hand is definitely warmer as you would expect from any beach destination in Central America, with temperatures ranging from 70° to 90° F (20° - 32° C). But there is no need to worry about suffering from the heat during your Spanish classes as every classroom at Habla Ya Spanish School Campus Bocas del Toro has air conditioning.
Panama City is also located at sea level with temperatures ranging from 70° to 96° F (20° - 35° C), and benefits from having most indoor places with AC. Our Spanish school in Panama City is no exception and every classroom at our Campus in Panama City also has air conditioning.
All our three destinations are safe, beautiful, inexpensive and exciting.
Boquete, the "Valley of the Flowers and the Eternal Spring", is home to 22,000 inhabitants whose cultural roots can be traced to Native Indians, Spaniards, Europeans and North Americans, among other ethnicities. Its first settlers came from other areas of Panama, as well as other countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and North America. All give shape to the cultural melting pot that Boquete is today. Most farms and houses still have architectural styles that are reminiscent of these other countries. On the sheer mountains that surround the valley live the Ngöbe Bugles, an indigenous ethnic group who are highly skilled artisans, famous for their colorful chaquiras (beaded necklaces) and "nahuas", traditional dresses.
The Bocas del Toro Archipelago is home to about 17,000 residents. The population of Bocas del Toro is an interesting mix of descendants from Jamaican and French Antilles' blacks, members of at least four of Panama's seven Indian groups, many people of mixed indigenous and Spanish ancestry, North Americans and even Colombians. During the 17th century, the archipelago became a haven for pirates. During the 19th century many blacks established themselves in the islands when slavery was abolished and in the early 20th century many newcomers came because of the banana plantations.
Panama City is the southern entrance to the Panama Canal and has a population of around 1 million people. It's an important banking hub and is the location of Tocumen Airport (PTY), the busiest airport in Central America. Panama City has always been a place of transit and its inhabitants reflect a mixture of people from all over the world. There are a large number of Afro-Panamanians, Mestizos (European and Native American descent), Mulattos (mix of black and white) and a significant minority of whites and Asian.
Be it a mountain town full of adventure and natural beauty, a pristine archipelago in Panama's Caribbean, or a bustling cosmopolitan city... or all three of them, Habla Ya Spanish Schools have the perfect language study location for you!
Believe us, if you come to Panama, and you study Spanish in Boquete, Bocas del Toro or Panama City, you'll never want to leave...
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