Academic Cultural Journey | Santa Marta

Scope & Content


Topic 1: ¡Buen Provecho! Savoring the Art of Ordering Food and Drinks in Spanish

Classroom Lesson: Vocabulary and phrases for ordering in restaurants.

Immersive Tour: Dining at a traditional Colombian restaurant and interacting with the waitstaff in Spanish. The same day we will visit to the ridge of the Bay of Santa Marta. We will also go on a Caribbean cooking tour. Vegetarian option of this experience available.


Topic 2: Your Voice, Your Choice: Exploring Spanish Vocabulary for Preferences and Opinions

Classroom Lesson: Vocabulary and phrases for expressing preferences and opinions.

Immersive Tour: Day at the beach and hikes in the Tayrona National Park. The park offers a big variety of flora and fauna because it includes two ecosystems between the mountain and the sea. It boasts fascinating wildlife including red howler and titi monkeys, red woodpeckers, iguanas, tropical marine life, and more than 400 species of birds, such as eagles, condors and parrots. There we will make our immersive tour that day.


Topic 3: ¡Aventura en la Ruta! Navigating Spanish Directions with a Smile

Classroom Lesson: Vocabulary related to giving and asking for directions.

Immersive Tour: Guided walking tour of Santa Marta, practicing asking for directions in Spanish. We will visit the historic center of the city, the oldest in South America. Tours of: Bolívar Park, San Francisco Square, Cathedral Alley, Cathedral Square, Mail Alley, Santander Park, and the San Juan de Dios Chapel. We also will visit to the Gold Museum – Customs House. In this place you will learn about the history of the indigenous people of the Tairona ethnic group. These sites will be the perfect setting to practice finding the specific place we want to go to.


Topic 4: ¡Sitios Mágicos! Unraveling the Charms of Colombian Landmark Descriptions in a breathtaking biological reserve.

Classroom Lesson: Vocabulary for describing places and landmarks.

Immersive Tour: Visiting magic areas in the biological reserve and describing them in Spanish.
In the Paso del Mango Natural Biological Reserve and the Mahogany Reserve you can see a diversity of animals, including fish brought from the Amazon. We will be doing the Cocoa tour and an ecological walk.


Topic 5: From Despertar to Dormir: Nurturing Language through Daily Routines

Classroom Lesson: Expressing daily activities and routines. We also will be covering the topic: Past tense conjugation and expressing past experiences.

Immersive Tour: Visit to Rodadero. It is one of the emblematic sites of tourism in Santa Marta. It is full of restaurants, hotels and a wide pedestrian boardwalk facing the sea. Many workers gather in this place to carry out their daily routines, which is why it is the right place to do the corresponding immersive practice.


Topic 6: “Me Gustas” and “Me Caes Bien”: Managing social relationships!

Classroom Lesson: In this lesson, we will immerse ourselves in the wonderful world of expressing feelings in Spanish. We will learn colorful phrases, unique expressions, and how to use them to communicate with clarity and passion. Get ready to unleash your emotions!

Immersive Tour: Visit to playa Bello Horizonte. It is a wide and clean beach; the waves are soft and the water temperature is wonderful. On Bello Horizonte beach, you can enjoy the sand or the sea that allows you to go up to about 50 meters without problems. There are areas with straw awnings that can be used to rest in the shade. This beach is the right place to capture the best sunrises and sunsets in Santa Marta. Bello Horizonte is surrounded by a wide variety of entertainment venues and restaurants.


Topic 7: Beyond the Bilingual: Unveiling the Quirks of Spanish Words

Classroom Lesson: Epicene nouns. Think of them as gender-neutral nouns in Spanish! During this class, we will also be covering the topic of the correct use of articles, prepositional phrases, and filler words.

Immersive Tour: Visit to Sierra Minca. Nestled in the lush Colombian mountains near Santa Marta, Sierra Minca beckons adventure seekers and nature lovers. Imagine refreshing waterfalls cascading down vibrant jungles, colorful birds singing in the crisp mountain air, and endless opportunities for exploration. Get ready to discover Sierra Minca, a hidden gem waiting to unveil its beauty.

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Bonus: Prepare for an exciting addition in each lesson – a captivating exploration of Colombian culture and traditions that will ignite your senses and touch your heart.

Each topic will consist of a series of lessons and corresponding immersive experiences to reinforce the language learning process. The degree of difficulty of each lesson will be adapted to the level of proficiency of the Spanish language according to the knowledge of each student. Enjoy your Spanish learning journey in Santa Marta, Colombia!


The price includes: 4 hours of classes a day and permanent accompaniment during the cultural part of the program (approximately 8 more hours). The student will also receive a guidebook, materials, level test and certificate.

Hours in the classroom: 20 hours.

Practice hours on the Academic-Cultural Journey: 40 hours (accompaniment and practice of Spanish in context).

Academic-Cultural activities plus transportation in Medellín, lodging, tickets to parks and tours, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, supplies and guidebook, PayPal’s commission fee, organization and logistics: Total price: 3,520 USD.

Reservations: to reserve the Academic-Cultural Journey, the student must previously deposit 50% (1,760 USD) of the value of the package.

The remaining 50% of the money (1,760 USD) must be deposited 15 days before trip start. The money must be transferred to the PayPal account of LEARN SPANISH WITH A NATIVE SPEAKER. As soon as the reservation is confirmed, I will make the first invoice. Later, 8 days before starting classes, I will send the second invoice in PayPal.

IMPORTANT: Note: Although there are established dates for the Academic-Cultural Journey, it is worth mentioning that you can also contact me anytime to schedule the dates of your preference. Likewise, you can choose the destination you want in Colombia or Latin America to carry out your immersive experience.

In addition, you can also do the Academic-Cultural Journey individually and privately or in couples.

In the academic part, you can choose the topics of your interest, therefore, the topics that I have proposed for classes can vary as you wish and according to your level.

Ask me about the special discount for family groups, groups of co-workers, or couples.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Academic-Cultural Journey takes Spanish learning beyond the classroom. Immerse yourself in Colombia’s vibrant culture, from salsa dancing in Medellín to exploring the Amazon rainforest or the Caribbean beaches. But your journey doesn’t stop there! This program allows you to weave your own exploration across Latin America. Imagine unraveling the mysteries of Machu Picchu, savoring the flavors of Mexico, or discovering the natural wonders of Costa Rica.

Every Latin American nation offers a unique opportunity to learn Spanish and experience a new culture, all on a personalized learning expedition. Relax, explore, and learn something new. The Academic-Cultural Journey is the perfect escape for the curious soul.

Join the Adventure, No Matter Your Spanish Level!

This immersive program is open to everyone, regardless of your Spanish skills. We tailor the learning to your level, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience for all. Traveling with non-Spanish speaking companions? No problem! We offer special English guides so everyone can enjoy the cultural immersion.

Open to All Ages (18+)

This exciting adventure is perfect for anyone over 18. Minors are also welcome, accompanied by their parents.

Physical Condition:

Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a curious beginner, this trip caters to all physical abilities. However, some walking tours are included, so a basic level of mobility is recommended. Dietary restrictions? Just let us know beforehand!

Dietary restrictions?

Just let us know beforehand!

Are You In?

This week-long adventure is perfect for anyone with a passion for Latin America. If you love music, mountains, delicious Andean cuisine, and exploring new cultures, we guarantee an unforgettable experience filled with discovery and exploration.

This experience costs $3,520 USD per person.

The price includes:

  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport.
  • Admission to the activities mentioned in the program.
  • Welcome kit: guide text, notebook, pen, and souvenirs from Colombia.
  • Accommodation in a private room for 7 nights and 1 day (if you are a couple traveling together, you share the room).
  • 7 breakfasts at the place of accommodation, 7 lunches and 7 dinners in different restaurants.
  • Daily water and snacks.
  • One Spanish class per day and accompaniment by Professor Alex De la Paz for all activities.
  • Transportation from the hotel to each of the activities included in the itinerary.
  • Tourist guide at each of the destinations we will visit.
  • Hotel insurance: however, the student must have additional travel insurance that covers accidents.
  • Photographic and video recording of the trip.

Reservations: to reserve the Academic-Cultural Journey, the student must previously deposit 50% (1,760 USD) of the value of the package.

If you have additional questions: write to me on WhatsApp: +57 3052480140 or email:

Important: Air tickets are not included, nor anything that has not been explicitly detailed here.

List of Countries with Flights to El Dorado International Airport in Colombia (BOG)

North America:

United States:

  • Atlanta: Delta Air Lines
  • Boston: JetBlue Airways
  • Chicago: American Airlines, United Airlines
  • Dallas: American Airlines
  • Fort Lauderdale: Spirit Airlines
  • Houston: Avianca, United Airlines
  • Los Angeles: Avianca, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
  • Miami: American Airlines, Avianca, Spirit Airlines
  • Newark: United Airlines
  • New York: Avianca, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines
  • Orlando: Avianca, Spirit Airlines
  • San Francisco: Avianca, United Airlines
  • Washington D.C.: Avianca, United Airlines


  • Toronto: Air Canada, Flair Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
  • Montreal: Air Canada
  • Vancouver: Air Canada, WestJet


  • Spain: Air Europa, Iberia
  • France: Air France
  • Netherlands: KLM
  • Italy: Alitalia
  • Germany: Lufthansa
  • Turkey: Turkish Airlines

Middle East:

  • United Arab Emirates: Emirates

Central America and the Caribbean:

  • Aruba: Avianca
  • Bahamas: Bahamasair
  • Barbados: Caribbean Airlines
  • Costa Rica: Avianca, Copa Airlines
  • Cuba: Cubana de Aviación
  • Curaçao: Avianca
  • Dominica: Air Antilles
  • El Salvador: Avianca, Volaris
  • Guatemala: Avianca, Copa Airlines
  • Haiti: Sunrise Airways
  • Honduras: Avianca
  • Jamaica: Avianca
  • Mexico: Aeroméxico, Avianca, Interjet, Viva Aerobus
  • Panama: Copa Airlines
  • Puerto Rico: JetBlue Airways
  • Dominican Republic: Avianca, JetBlue Airways, Pawa Dominicana
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Airlines

South America:

  • Argentina: Aerolíneas Argentinas, Avianca
  • Bolivia: Boliviana de Aviación
  • Brazil: Avianca, LATAM Brasil
  • Chile: Avianca, LATAM Chile
  • Ecuador: Avianca, LATAM Ecuador
  • Guyana: Fly Jamaica Airways
  • Paraguay: LATAM Paraguay
  • Peru: Avianca, LATAM Perú
  • Suriname: Surinam Airways
  • Uruguay: Avianca, LATAM Uruguay
  • Venezuela: Conviasa


  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines


  • This list is not exhaustive and may change over time.
  • It is recommended to check with airlines or the airport website for the most up-to-date information on specific flights.
  • Some airlines may offer seasonal or connecting flights.

Additional Resources:

  • El Dorado International Airport website:
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