Turrialba, costa-rica

Nestled amongst world-renowned rivers and misty mountain tops, the small and welcoming town of Turrialba is an ideal location to study Spanish.

But don’t let the quaintness of the town fool you; the amount of daily activities and events both indoors and out are numerous. Raft the Pacuare, attend a Swing Criollo dance class and catch a live band all in the same day! Furthermore, this super friendly, non-touristy and non-English speaking community encourages a true language immersion in a place that feels more like home than living abroad.


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  • Explore Turrialba by horseback
  • Weekly Vegetable Market in Turrialba
  • Graducation day! Turrialba, Costa Rica
  • Turrialba welcomes you!
  • River camp on the Pacuare River
  • Its a tradition! Friday night barbecue
  • Push your limits on the Pacuare
  • Endless exploration on the Pacuare
  • Aquiare Waterfall - Turrialba
  • Turrialba by horseback
  • Friday night fires - Turrialba
  • Yoga classes on the school balcony - Turrialba
  • Community kitchen in Turrialba hostel
  • Entrance Spanish by the River - Turrialba
  • Rio Pacuare
  • Communal Area Spanish by the River - Turrialba

"Spanish by the River - Turrialba"

Spanish by the River-Turrialba , founded in June of 2002, looks out over the surrounding mountain valleys home to world-class rivers, primary and secondary rainforests, a towering volcano, and the quaint town of Turrialba. Known for its authentic Costa Rican feel, you can easily find everything you need here: hotels, restaurants, pool & karaoke bars, gourmet coffee shops, ice cream parlors, discos, swimming pools, banks, internet cafés, gyms (aerobic, fitness, yoga, capoeira, karate, etc.), bookstores, post office, boutiques, and the weekly farmer’s market.

The school itself consists of a  hostel for 12 and 4 open air classrooms with views of the jungle below and the volcano above as a background to your Spanish classes.  A balcony lined with hammocks, a garden rancho for studying, a large office and a yard filled with fruit trees all contribute to a stress-free learning environment.

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Who likes to study at Spanish by the River – Turrialba?

Are you looking for an authentic living abroad experience in a place where Spanish is actually spoken and tour groups rarely go? The welcoming community of local ticos and ticas provides an excellent setting to integrate and engage with the Latino culture. Our homestay opportunities provide even more immersion into the local culture and customs as you will participate daily in family meals, outings, occasions and holidays. From yoga to live music, salsa classes to river rafting, Turrialba is nothing shy of weekly activities and events, concerts and excursions to further your exposure to the language and culture.


So Why Turrialba?

  • Not-so-touristy town with very friendly people.
  • High level of Spanish language exposure/immersion.
  • Lot’s of wonderful host families waiting for you.
  • Word-class Rafting on the Pacuare & Camping at our River Camp.



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All options for this location

Students in classes with Teache

Intensive Spanish Course

If you want to learn faster:

  • 6 hours of group lessons* per day/ 5 days per week
  • max 6 students per class
  • morning (8 till 12) or afternoon (1 till 5) + evening sessions (5 till 7) 

*When only one student with this level: 3 hrs private (same price).


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Standard Spanish Course

What most students choose:

  • 4 hours of group lessons* per day/ 5 days per week
  • max 6 students per class
  • morning (8 till 12) or afternoon (1 till 5) sessions

*When only one student with this level: 2 hrs private (same price).


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Swimming pool with house in the back

Turrialba: Vacation Rentals

If you need more independence because of your work or if you desire accommodations with only family and friends,  we present the best apartments, homes, cabins, villas and condos.

All vacation rentals are fully furnished and have WiFi. You can reach them easily with your car or use the inexpensive public transportation.


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Hosting mother, father and son with two students on a couch

Turrialba: Homestays

Living with a local host family is a unique experience that will provide you the opportunity to not only learn the language but also explore the culture of Costa Rica.

Our homestays in Turrialba have been carefully selected and most host families have been working with us for 13 years now! The local families love to share their culture with you. Staying in a costarrican home will allow you to share in the experience of their family traditions, meals, holidays and festivals.

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Balcony with hammock and plants in Turrialba

Turrialba: Other hostels & hotels

Maybe our hostel is full or you prefer to stay in town instead of the countryside-jungle setting of our own hostel. Maybe you want a bit or a lot more luxury.

No problem! To make sure you have some more inspiring options, we selected for you one budget hostel, one middle-priced hotel and one luxury hotel in Turrialba or it’s surroundings.



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Students and local lady cooking at Spanish by the River - Turrialba

Turrialba: Our hostel

If you like to be independent, yet share with fellow students, we recommend staying in the hostel, part of our Spanish School in Turrialba while you study Spanish in Costa Rica.

There is a charming balcony with lots of hammocks where you can enjoy the gorgeous view of the Turrialba volcano and the jungle in front of it. You will see sloth’s, toucans and lots of other birds.  There are shared rooms and private rooms for up to four people, with or whithout private bathrooms.   A fancy loungeroom and a fully equipped kitchen is part of the deal.


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Especially for students that want to travel, learn Spanish ánd visit 4 of our amazing locations!

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