When we ask people about Panama as a destination to learn Spanish, we mostly get something like “well I don’t know. I don’t know much about Panama. Is it safe?”
Compared to Costa Rica – which has established itself as a prime ecotourism destination – Panama is surprisingly unknown to most people. Our main goal therefore is to familiarize you with the modern Panama, the path less traveled….
Apart from the fact ILISA has a school in Panama – see ‘why ILISA‘ for more detail – there are twelve more good reasons Panama is a prime language travel destination.
Panama city is a safe place to visit. Here’s why.
Panama – three cities in one
A modern city, a colonial heritage & the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific ocean.
Multicultural and authentic
What about seven indigenous tribes and a trading history that has resulted in the most varied mix of cultures of Latin America?
The Panama Canal
The seventh wonder of the world, period. This impressive feat of engineering will leave a lasting impression on anybody, a stunning testament to what humans can accomplish.
Natural diversity that equals Costa Rica
Dense jungle, 1518 islands , more bird species than all of North America most accessible, sea turtles on both coasts.
Panama’s fascinating history
From it’s pre-Columbian days to its separation from Colombia and the creation of the Canal, Panama’s history reads like a novel. Your language study will be intertwined with living history.
Welcome to the tropics. Being a city at sea level you won’t experience any chilly days or nights. Another good reason to take a break for language study.
language & leisure
Want to learn SCUBA diving? Play golf and learn Spanish? Have lunch at the beach and take a dive after your morning class or go (kite) surfing? Panama makes it easy.
Standard of living
Excellent roads (with lots of cheap taxis), drink water from the tap and air conditioning everywhere. And Panama simply has the most advanced communication infra structure of Central America.
Close by and easy to travel to
Panama and Costa Rica are at very similar distances from major US gateways and served by all major airlines. And, it’s just one hour flying -east, not south – from San Jose to Panama city. Perfect for multi-country programs.
And as a P.S.: Panama uses the US Dollar as currency. That keeps things simple 🙂
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