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LEISURE TIME

Learning Spanish with Nueva Lengua is an exciting and amusing experience. Social, cultural and sports activities, including visits to museums, natural parks, beaches, concerts, sightseeing tours, hiking, restaurants, etc. These activities are organized at every one of the schools on a weekly basis (at least two activities per week). They are ideal to practice the language and attain a better understanding of the culture.

 

Here are some of the amazing examples:

 

Visit  to the enchanted Guatavita Lagoon:  This beautiful lagoon is located in the Andes, just thirty minutes away from the school. In this lake, ritual ceremonies of worship to the sun used to take place and were performed by the native original inhabitants. The famous legend of El Dorado was originated here (Bogotá school) .

 



Cultural sightseeing along the walls, the castle and the streets of the ancient city of Cartagena.  This town was the main shipping port for the gold collected by the Spaniards all over the South American continent. Cartagena was also one of the main ports for the trade of slaves in South America. Cartagena was also one of the main ports for the trade of slaves in South America. Saint Pedro Claver, the “slave of slaves” lived here. Today, a beautiful church reminds us of his deeds (Cartagena school).

 

 

                       
                          

 

 

 


 

Visit to the National Coffee Park.  The National Coffee Park is a thematic park, unmatched in Latin America. You will be delighted learning not only about coffee but also about ecology and history. You will see beautiful flowers, animals and landscape

 

 

                      

Visit to Ráquira:  Ráquira is a small town located in the Andes. There you will find some of the best and most beautiful handicrafts. The neighbouring landscape is beautiful and it is quite close to a desert full of marine-life fossils. (Bogotá premises)

 

                              

 

Visit to the natural park of El Rosario Islands: Near Cartagena you will find wonderful beaches, among which the ones of the National Park El Rosario Islands are outstanding. This is a park composed of dozens of coral islands in the Caribbean.  Our students can dive or take scuba diving lessons at a very special price. You will enjoy beautiful beaches and marine fauna. (Cartagena premises). One of our teachers is a biologist and in his classes he gives extensive explanations on the wonders of this park. A weekend diving excursion accompanied by this teacher is really a fantastic experience. (Cartagena premises).

 

                             

 

Visit to El Totumo mud volcano: “El Totumo” mud volcano is approximately 30 meters high. People from all over the world go there to take the famous “mud baths”. They do it for health or just for fun. (Cartagena premises).

 

          

 

Visit to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá: One of the wonders that you will enjoy visiting in our school of the Andes is the underground Salt Cathedral. This is a giant work of architecture carved in a mountain. It was built by the workers of a salt mine. (Bogotá premises).

 

       

 

Sightseeing “La Chiva Party”: La Chiva is an ancient public transport bus which is used nowadays by peasants in the countryside. In towns it is a traditional custom to go on a festive “La Chiva” city tour listening to music and dancing. (Cartagena and Bogotá premises).

 

 

 

Getting to know the Colombian fruits, flowers and handicrafts: In Colombia, it is a traditional custom to have a fruit juice during meals. What makes this custom interesting is that juices are made from fruits which are unknown to the rest of the world (with strange names such as “curuba”, “lulo”, “zapote”, “guanábana”, “pithaya”, “uchuva”, “feijoa”, “níspero”, “tamarindo”, “maracuyá” (passion fruit), etc.). You can always get fresh fruit at the market. Also, there is an enormous variety of handicrafts and flowers. Colombia is the country with the greatest variety of orchids and exotic flowers in the whole world.)

 

 

 

Cycle tour of the entire city: Many years ago, it was decided by local authorities that on Sunday mornings the city’s main streets would be used exclusively as cycle ways. The custom prevails today and due to the initial success of the project many cycle ways were built into a network covering all the city,  to be used on a permanent basis for this ecological and cheap form of transport.  Also some years ago, the inhabitants of Bogotá got a commitment with the environment. Eight million inhabitants voted on public election supporting the “automobile-free” day, which takes place once a year.  On that day, it is common to see all kinds of people going on bicycle or on foot to their place of work or study. (Bogotá premises).

Bingos, contests, movies, karaoke, parties to dance salsa, merengue or vallenato: Many activities aimed at having fun, improving Spanish and making new friends are programmed at the school and at the university.

Visits to other Colombian archaeological or natural parks. In Colombia:there are a wide variety of parks with an infinite natural and archaeological diversity

 

Important: Nueva Lengua organizes, plans and accompanying students in all activities. Personal expenses such as tickets, transportation and meals are the responsibility of each student.