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We are a collective of language teachers who desire to share our passion for the Spanish language with you. We strive to provide an ideal balance between strong language instruction, cultural experiences, and the practice of communication that binds them together.


We offer the opportunity to enjoy learning a language despite it naturally being a difficult endeavor. We are here to help you through the entire process. In addition to lessons, you will experience the mercados, cascadas, and all that Otavalo and the area has to offer. Our  professors work collaboratively to ensure the best learning experience possible. 


Some students are interested in homestays to maximize their educational and cultural experience. We are happy to arrange that for you. More information is available on the PRICES page. 


We also lead and arrange excursions throughout the region, a land filled with beautiful lakes, old churches, colonial plazas, volcanoes, interesting museums, tasty restaurants, and often a unique and fun festival in one of the numerous pueblos found throughout the beautiful countryside. Our TOURS page offers more information on options and pricing.


Ultimately, spend some time with us here in Otavalo and you’ll see why we've received great reviews on Google and Tripadvisor. You´ll also discover why our motto is

“Learn Hard. Play Hard. Spanish in Otavalo.”

Meet our teachers

Find out more about our school

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Learn Hard. Play Hard.
Spanish in Otavalo. 

Who We Are

I’m Elizabeth. I have two wonderful kids. I was born in Otavalo. I have two relevant credentials, one in Tourism from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Ibarra and a teaching certificate from Centro de Enseñanza de Idiomas Internacional. In short, I have been teaching Spanish for more than 14 years to over 800 different students from places as varied as Portland and Jerusalem. I look forward to helping you learn! 

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My name is Maria-Jose and I live here in Otavalo with my husband, Fernando, and my two children Kevin and Juan Diego. A fun fact about me is that I also have a twin sister—we’re often confused by folks. I’ve been teaching Spanish for a while now, with about 600 different students in the past 11 years. I’ve also attained a Bachelor’s in Primary Education from Universidad Técnica del Norte in Ibarra. All in all, I really enjoy helping people of all ages learn new and useful things! 

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My name is Patricia and I live in Eugenio Espejo, Otavalo. I have three beautiful children. I like nature, open spaces and spending time with friends. I have taught Spanish for 4 years and I love what I do. I am also studying design and advertising at the Technical University of the North in Ibarra.

My name is Belén, I am Otavaleña, I am married and I have a beautiful daughter. I am a simple and charismatic person, I really like dancing and walks through beautiful landscapes. I have taught Spanish for 5 years and it is wonderful to be able to meet people from different parts of the world and above all contribute with my knowledge so that students can learn Spanish and our diversity of culture and tradition. I am also a nursing assistant, and a Basic Education student at the Technical University of the North.

My name is Mayra. I am married with 3 children. I am Otavaleña; Otavalo is my hometown. It is a very beautiful city full of tradition, culture and an impressive landscape. I have been a Spanish teacher for more than 10 years. In my spare time, I like to cook for my family. I am also a nursing assistant and I studied at the Península de Santa Elena University.

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Elizabeth has a true gift for teaching, making the lessons fun, easy to understand and great for all levels of learning. I have a special need being dyslexic and she developed a lesson plan just for me that really works."

- Malkum

The School

Our school is located in the heart of Otavalo only two blocks from the beautiful, historic central plaza. It is also possible for us to meet up for language classes at a local coffeeshop—whatever you prefer! At our school we have four rooms for language instruction, allowing for plenty of space for different size classes and one-on-one lessons. Also there is a kitchen where we will often prepare tea or coffee. Other times we’ll prepare  local foods.


Language learning is a multi-dimensional endeavor involving classroom instruction, conversation, reading comprehension, and practice out on the street. We utilize every method here at Otavalo Learning & Adventure; in fact, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and adaptability in meeting the specific needs of our students.


Need to practice Spanish for an eventual placement as a nurse? No problem. Desire to learn Spanish to get the most out on the intercultural exchange while backpacking South America? No problem. Furthermore, we are interested in what you want out of both your education and your time in Otavalo. We are committed to making learning Spanish fun and memorable.


Come on up to Otavalo and join us for an excursion to Mojanda Lake or the famous Plaza de Ponchos Market. We’ll have fun and whether you spend a week or eight weeks with us, you’ll finish your time here with a deeper understanding of this important language and the cultures that speak it. We look forward to helping you learn! 

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Contact Us / TEL: (+593) 997008542 (WhatsApp)

We hope you consider Otavalo Learning & Adventure for your Spanish School in Ecuador. We recognize it can be nerve-racking to trust someone you’ve never met with your time and money. If you’d like to learn more about us and our program or ask any questions in person, we’d be happy to chat with you over Skype. Simply email us and we’ll set up a time that works well for both of us.

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