Otavalo is a small, secure, peaceful and calm town in the north of Ecuador with about 50,000 inhabitants, which are called Otavaleños.
Otavalo is surrounded by the three volcanos Imbabura, Cotacachi and Mojanda. But no worries: They’re not active anymore!
The town is located in the Andes at 2,500m above sea level.
The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles, which are sold at the famous Saturday market. You should visit Plaza de los Ponchos!
Temperature: 16°C annual average temperature
Languages: Spanish and Kichwa
Our Spanish school in Otavalo is located in the city center, close to the Plaza de Ponchos where the famous craft market takes place. The school has comfortable, clean and cozy classrooms. We provide you with access to shared computers, printers, telephone and WIFI. There is also a common room and a Spanish language library.
Classes in Otavalo are often small and teachers are able to focus on you.
Our professional teachers with university degrees are all native Ecuadorians. They have been dedicated to teaching Spanish for years.
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Joining a Spanish course at ISE does not only means learning Spanish to a proficient level, but also discovering Otavalo, making new friends and learning more about the Ecuadorian lifestyle thanks to the warm welcome of the locals.
ISE has very high teaching standars. As our teachers have years of experience, they are able to respond to the individual needs of the students. We offer classes for every level. The teaching method compromises speaking, listening and writing skills. Therefore our program combines oral and written exercises with conversation and vocabulary practice.
Learning processes will be reported at the end of every week, so that we can ensure that the classes are perfectly organized and well prepared.
To beginners we insistently recommend to first take individual lessons or a combination of group and individual classes to accelerate the learning process. However, in case that you should feel uncomfortable with your group course regarding studying speed or another problem, it is always possible to change to indivudal lessons or to switch to another group.
Included: towels, bed linen, weekly cleaning, your own set of keys, two meals a day (normally breakfast and dinner) with the family
Not included: lunch, personal expenses, washing machine
Don’t miss out on the beautiful scenery and great variety of activities the surrounding area has to offer. The majority of the Otavaleños live in separate communities outside Otavalo, like Peguche, San Jose de la Bolsa, Selva Alegre and many more.
During the week, the ISE organizes free trips to nearby attractions:
Otavalo is located just 2 hours via car or 3 hours via bus from Quito. There are several buses per hour that leave from the Carcelen Bus Station in Northern Quito. You can either take a taxi or one of the blue busses, called Metrobus to get to the terminal. The ticket price is approximately about 2US$.
You will reach the bus terminal in Otavalo after approximately 3 hours. From there the taxi is about 1$ to your accommodation.
Moreover we would be more than happy to organize your transfer from Quito to Otavalo.
Easy: grab a bus from Quito and enjoy the ride