Popular Places to Study Spanish in Ecuador

Ecuador is a great country to base yourself and learn Spanish, there are classes for all abilities and you will also get to see more of the country on trips and excursions or stay a little longer and work. The main places to consider include:

  • Quito
  • Banos
  • Cuenca 
  • Esmeraldas 
  • Galapagos Islands 
  • Guayaquil 
  • Ibarra 
  • Intag 
  • Montanita 
  • Otavalo 
  • Puerto Lopez 
  • Puyo 
  • Quito 
  • Riobamba 
  • San Cristobal 
  • Tena 

Study in Riobamba
Another destination you could also consider is Riobamba. The advantages of learning Spanish in Riobamba is that the city is unarguably one of the most beautiful in the country and the only surrounded by the highest volcanoes in Ecuador: Chimborazo, Carihuazo, Tungurahua, and El Altar. Riobamba is also much safer than dangerous big cities like Quito and Spanish Students can live here, walk around and explore with a camera, without the fear of being robbed.

Perhaps the biggest reason that Riobamba is one of the best cities in the country to learn Spanish is that it is not overwhelmed with tens of thousands of tourists like Quito or Cuenca which gives the city a more authentic feel making it the perfect place to practice your Spanish. The ‘City of the Students’ is also a great place to go out and party while practicing your Spanish because of its many pubs and clubs that are full of local university students who travel from all around the country to study here.


A Guide to Learning Spanish in Ecuador

Everyone can apply to join a Spanish class, whether you have zero knowledge of the language or you already know the basics. There are lots of Spanish language schools in Ecuador, all offer different courses and packages - prices can vary depending on which school you apply with.

There are sometimes special offers on where you can sign up for cheap Spanish lessons if you book in advance. Lessons can vary from between one on one tuition, to group lessons - some classes or daily, whilst others are more flexible. Studying in Ecuador will really help your learning, you will get to converse everyday with local people and be taught by an experienced teacher.


Course Duration

  • 1 week to 12 months, subject to visa requirements


Start Dates

  • All year round, you choose your start and finish dates



  • No qualifications needed


What's Included

  • Language class placement
  • Pre-departure support and assistance
  • Accommodation 
  • Meals
  • Airport pickups (depends on the school)
  • Transfer to your accommodation 
  • Local in-country support
  • Certificate of Completion


What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Return transfer to airport



  • Language classes are open to all nationalities and all ages 17 and over
  • Suitable for anyone interested in studying abroad, learning Spanish or gaining a new skill for their CV or Résumé, or expanding their learning for university credit or requirement 
  • For more options search Spanish language schools in South America



Accommodation can be booked part of a language package or you can organise this independently.


What to Do in Your Spare Time

Studying at a language school is also a good way to meet new people and see more of the region - excursions and other activities are usually arranged meaning you'll have a lot of fun too.


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Ecuador Spanish School Reviews

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My Career Break Learning Spanish in Ecuador

I had never had a ‘gap year’ before as many young people now consider the ‘norm’. In fact, I had never travelled alone until 4 years ago when I started doing group adventure holidays which certainly gave me the appetite for travel. Since my children are now grown up and at University I took the plunge to adventure a little more with a 2 month gap year to Ecuador

In all I spent 7 and a half weeks based in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The first 3 weeks were in school doing a crash course in Spanish. The school was really good; there were 4 in my class which is the maximum you ever have there. We did 4 hours of lessons per day, 5 days a week. Lessons included grammar and lots of opportunities for speaking - a good mixture of activities. We got homework every evening and had a test every Friday to check on progress!

Students at the school were from all over the world and of varying ages (19 up to 70’ish). In addition to learn Spanish I also worked on volunteer projects in Ecuador for 4+ weeks whilst I carried on with Spanish school for 2 hours each week to keep my Spanish improving. Talking to babies and toddlers doesn’t do a lot for conversation practice!

Attending a Spanish school in Ecuador was a great way to meet people to go out with. For my last week in South America I took the opportunity of visiting the Galapagos Islands and this trip was every bit as good as I had hoped; You can get very close to birds, iguanas , tortoises, seal lions etc. without bothering them. In addition the cactus trees are amazing. The trip was a fitting end to my 2 month adventure.

During my stay I learned a lot of Spanish, saw many interesting places, gained insight into a different culture and hopefully did a little to help some of the less privileged people in what is quite a poor country. It was an amazing experience overall and it made me appreciate my life here in England all the more. I will hopefully do something similar in the future. 

- Margaret H, UK


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