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Leticia is easy to get around and it is a very calm and safe city. Leticia is really a good place to study Spanish.
I studied Spanish at a Spanish Language School, The Amazon Spanish College, and had a great time in Leticia. Leticia is really a good place to study Spanish. I spent 2 months studying and I highly recommend it. Here’s why.
First, the teachers are great and have a lot of experience. Secondly, the staff is very helpful and finds your volunteer choice as you want it. I worked as an English teacher in a nearby school. This was very rewarding. All courses include social and cultural activities 5 h a week, but we had a lot more than that, we met many local people in Leticia and visited almost everything. The excursions to the jungle and the Amazon river that are arranged by the school where amazing. I met many nice students from the US, Canada, UK and Sweden and Denmark.
The only aspect of the school I can’t talk about from direct experience is the homestay as I chose to stay in a bungalow at the college. But, it seemed that others students at the school who stayed with local families did have a good experience. If you like nature, want to learn Spanish and have a nice time, check out the option of studying here when you visit Leticia. It’s a very good way to get in touch with locals and really get to know the place a little bit more. The social and cultural activities are included in the course so you get good value for the money.
Written May 9, 2010
Address: Calle 12 nr 9-30
Many people in the Amazonas region, mainly people from small villages and from the forest, believes that, when someone takes them a photo, they steal their soul or a bit of their soul. As a method of respect for their culture, ask people before taking fotos from them if you feel they become bothered with that.
Updated Dec 30, 2004
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring head lamp, water proof camera and closed walking shoes that can dry easily
(not hiking or running shoes). long sleeve pants and tops - ´because of the
rainfall and humidity it is hard to dry things so bring enough clothes to last
you your trip but not too many
I would recommend to reserve one outfit for when you are not doing anything so
you have clean dry clothes and alternate your trekking/activity clothing.
lodges typically provide you with towel and soap so don´t bother bringing
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: many lodges provide organic shampoo and soap -- if they're really serious about being environmentally friendly they won't let you use your own
Photo Equipment: I would recommend getting a waterproof camera especially if you want to do water activities and take pictures. I had my SLR but kept it locked in my cabin most of the time because of the high humidity
Updated Nov 15, 2010