An Unforgettable Spanish Immersion Program in Guanajuato City
Are you ready to take your Spanish to the next level? Our Travel Spanish Immersion retreat in Guanajuato City, Mexico will help you do just that. Everyone knows that when it comes to learning Spanish, nothing beats immersion.
Join an exclusive group of up to 10 participants for a unique Spanish Immersion program at one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico.
If you’re a traveler who struggles communicating with the locals, ordering food, asking for directions and understanding the culture, this program is for you.
Over the course of seven days, you will practice and develop the skills to become a confident traveler, all with the teaching and guidance of certified language instructors and the help of the locals along the way.
This incredible experience will allow you to explore one of the most beautiful and charming cities in Latin America in a way most never will. Not only will you learn Spanish, but you’ll also learn about the history of of the places we visit, taste the food, chat with the locals, make friends, and improve your confidence.
Each day you’ll get situation-focused lessons, and apply what you’re learning during the trip. With May and Jim’s help, you’ll get real-time feedback and encouragement throughout the retreat.
Our Unique Spanish Immersion Program
The weeklong immersion with our teachers combines group sessions and real world activities where you’ll use what you’ve learned immediately. All with realtime feedback. You’ll also have time to recover after the scheduled itinerary with time to shop, sample the local food, and get to know about the history and culture of the host city.
An Authentic Culinary Tour
We combine course material with history and culture by taking you on a delicious and informative tour of the local food offerings. You’ll learn about and get a chance to try real Mexican food made fresh, including gorditas, tamales, tlacoyos, tacos, and much more.
Supercharge Your Confidence and Your Spanish
Your private driver will pick you up at the airport and we’ll take it from there. One week later, you won’t believe your transformation. The fastest way to Spanish fluency starts right here.
We want you to be comfortable during your trip. That’s why we choose Casa Terraza as our retreat homebase.
Casa Terraza is a spacious four story building with one apartment on each floor. Each apartment has a full kitchen bathroom/s dining area. The terraza has two dining tables and a large lounge seating area. There is a washing machine, bbq and washroom on the terraza. There is no elevator.
The apartments have high-speed wifi, security cameras, electronic keyless entry and the rooftop Terraza for entertaining, relaxing or just taking in the scenery. There is a sofa bed in three apartments with a linen chest. The terraza is four flights up from the main door and the views are of the old train station and the pantheon.
Fees and Payments
The Spanish and Go Immersion program has a one-time payment option for double occupancy (each participant), and a multi-payment option for your convenience.
All coaching and materials throughout the week.
Private driver pick-up and drop-off at the León (BJX) airport. The driver will be right outside customs.
Seven nights accommodation.
All breakfasts and lunches (vegan, vegetarian, lactose and gluten-free, and pescatarian options available).
Dinner (3 nights).
A series of informal immersion events to practice Spanish throughout the week.
All scheduled activities, tours, and entrance fees.
What's not included:
Flights to/from Mexico
Meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Are You In?
Day 1: Arrival & Getting Settled
Day one will be a relaxed day as we get settled in. We'll introduce ourselves and get everything in place for a busy week of lessons and activities in the city.
We'll enjoy a welcome dinner where we'll have time to get to know each other more and talk about the plans for the week.
Day 2: Greetings and Goodbyes & Casual Sightseeing
After breakfast, we'll go over a lesson on Greetings and Goodbyes in Spanish. After the main lesson, we'll break the class into two small groups according to everyone's Spanish level for extra practice and more personalized attention. We'll have lunch at a restaurant downtown followed by casual sightseeing in downtown Guanajuato.
When we're walking around the town, there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to practice in real life what you learned in today's lesson. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own or rest. There's an optional activity about trying traditional Mexican drinks at a bar.
Day 3: Food and History Tour & Self Introductions
Day three starts with an exciting Mexico Street Food and History Tour led by a local. Laura will tell you about historical facts about the city as we enjoy the local cuisine. Bring comfortable shoes! We'll be doing lots of walking, but it'll be worth it.
We'll go back home for a short siesta break, followed by a lesson on Self Introductions and Talking about Yourself. After the lesson, we'll break the group into two smaller groups for extra practice. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own or rest. We have an optional activity planned for those who want to experience more of Guanajuato.
Day 4: Ordering a Meal & Mummy Museum
After breakfast, we'll go over a lesson on How to Order a Meal in Spanish. Get ready to learn about Mexican table etiquette and some of the most traditional dishes of the country. We'll have our second lesson in smaller groups and then we'll go out to an authentic Mexican restaurant to practice what you've learned.
After lunch we'll visit the Guanajuato Mummy Museum and the cemetery where the mummies were first discovered. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own or rest. We have an optional game night planned at home for you to learn lots of vocabulary and to learn more about Mexican culture.
Day 5: Shopping in Spanish & Visit to the Market
Day five starts with free morning time where you'll be able to explore on your own or rest at home. We're doing an optional walk to one of our favorite coffee shops in town. Later in the day we'll get together for a lesson on How to Go Shopping in Spanish. We'll have our smaller group lesson followed by a delicious lunch downtown.
Think of anything you need to buy because after lunch we're going shopping at Guanajuato's most important shopping center, Mercado Hidalgo. You'll get to practice what you learned in today's lesson. Here you'll get to by all your souvenirs for your friends and family in Spanish. We're closing the night at home with a delicious dinner of tamales and atole.
Day 6: Asking for Directions & Nightlife in Guanajuato
After breakfast, we're getting together for a lesson about How to Ask for Directions in Spanish followed by a small group lesson to reinforce what you learned. We'll go out into the streets of Guanajuato to practice asking the locals for directions.
We'll eat lunch together and have a few hours of free time to enjoy the city on your own or rest in the house. For dinner we’re doing a very fun “Tacos and Bars” tour where you’ll get to experience the nightlife of the city.
Day 7: Review & La Valenciana Mine Tour
Day seven starts with a lesson where we'll review the topics we worked on during the week. After that, we'll break the group into our two groups for extra practice. We'll have some free time after the lessons where you'll have time to rest or explore on your own. We'll have the option to do a quick tour of La Alhóndiga de Granaditas to learn more about Mexican history and the start of the Mexican War of Independence.
We'll get together for lunch downtown and make our way to the Valenciana district. There we’ll descend into a bocamina (mine entrance) and learn about the role mining played in the development of Guanajuato, and all of Mexico. We'll get back home and get ready for a farewell dinner where we'll say goodbye and talk about your experience during the retreat.
Day 8: Departure
We'll have an easy self-serve breakfast early in the morning. This is the end of the adventure. We’ll have to pack our bags and say our goodbyes.
Check out from the house is any time before noon. Our private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will the next retreat take place?
A: Please sign up using the form here to be notified when new opportunities are available.
Q: Where will we stay? / Housing (can I choose my own?)
A: Housing varies by trip. In most cases, we rent a house big enough to comfortably accommodate everyone on the trip. In this situation, you will be paired up with another member of the group or together if you have a plus one. Sometimes our retreats will be hosted at a hotel. We’ll clarify which is the case for each retreat. Please contact us if you would like to request a special accommodation arrangement.
Q: Are we able to bring someone with us?
A: Yes, you may bring someone with you, but any guest must also register for the retreat separately even if the guest chooses not to participate.
Q: Will there be formal lessons each day?
A: Yes, there will be formal Spanish lessons every day. We’ll have group lessons and activities and then break up into smaller sections by skill level for more personalized material. Depending on the activities for the day some classes will be in the morning, and others will be in the afternoon.
Q: How long will the activities be each day?
A: There are 5-6 hours each day of planned activities such as lessons, tours, and other activities. There will always be some free time so you can explore the city on your own or rest if you prefer.
Q: Would this immersion trip be suitable for a beginner?
A: Yes, but we recommend at least going over Margarita Madrigal’s book before the trip for absolute beginners. All levels will be able to benefit from this trip because our teaching method focuses on the spoken language (very useful phrases and common expressions) instead of grammar.
Q: What should we do about insurance?
A: We require all retreat members to show proof of their own travel insurance. Usually travel insurance coverage for our retreats are less than $100 and can save a lot of headache in case of an emergency. We recommend World Nomads for your coverage.