We stayed at Corazon Maya for two weeks and took Spanish classes
– Affordable yet quality one-on-one spanish classes, quiet part of town but walking distance to ‘Gringolandia,’ free wifi, secured parking
– 75 USD for 4 hours of private classes for 5 days, 60 USD for 3 hours of private classes for 5 days, 30 USD for smallest casita (stove but no fridge, sink, or private bathroom), the more expensive casitas have more amenities and are still dirt cheap
– NOTE: They let us stay an extra night for free in the casita because there was no one moving in. They were also going to let us camp in the parking spot at apparently no charge, pretty cool.
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Fantastic place to learn Spanish in a quiet environment.
We initially planned to spend 3/4 weeks in San Pedro to learn Spanish and were immediately attracted by corazon maya as location wise it was perfect for us. Close enough to town to be able to walk to markets, restaurants, shops but far enough from the tourists and busy noisy streets.
Martha, Josefa and Chema were extremely helpful and sorted us our with a great bungalow even though we hadn’t booked anything, allowed us to park our motorcycles in front of the bungalow let us do maintenance there and four us a great teacher immediately.
The classes were right there in the garden, we had our own kitchen and great place to live and all that in an amazing garden with pool, direct access to the lake and even a temezcal. I doubt you’d find much better for the price either.
Accommodation was Q450 per week, private bath and kitchen and the classes for 20 hrs per week were Q925 for the 2 of us with 1 teacher.
In the end due to medical issues we stayed 7 weeks, the owners were extremely helpful and even visited my partner at the hospital making sure we were ok.
I can’t recommend this place enough, we now know enough Spanish to have conversations with locals and sort out all issues we might have on our continuation to South America.
5 star place!!!
Highly recommend Corazon Maya for Spanish lessons. We (2 of us) took lessons for 5 days, 4 hours/day. We had 1-on-1 instruction and learned a ton in a week period. Would have extended another week or 2 if we weren’t on a timeline to meet family elsewhere. Both our teachers were great!
We also opted to stay with a family during our week there, arranged by Marta (Owner) at Corazon Maya. Can’t say enough positive things about this experience and would suggest it to anyone. The family was great - not only are you immersed in Spanish, but they take you to things around town you’d likely miss otherwise - 10k run, local basketball game, religious traditions and fiestas.
The school also organizes activities during the week that are fun. We walked to a local beach and played volleyball one afternoon and made tamales for dinner another evening.
Marta is super accommodating and helpful. She let us park our truck w/ pop-up camper in their secured area for the entire week of school plus 3 days after while we were seeing other things around the lake.
For 2 people for 5 days, 4 hours/day plus 5 nights in a homestay (3 meals a day included) we paid $2,500Q. We felt it was worth every penny.
Final note - Corazon Maya is located a bit further away than many of the other schools. We preferred this as the other schools are in “Gringolandia”. I’m sure they’re great but you may never leave the area b/c that’s where most the restaurants are and you wouldn’t get to experience all of San Pedro.Report Check-In
Beautiful and peaceful garden by the lake! They offer different activities for students every weeks: movie nights, volleyball, swimming pool, temazcal, etc. Every friday they cook local food with teachers and students.
We really enjoyed the location compared to other schools because it's very quiet, not in the middle of restaurants and bars. Plus, it's pet-friendly! They let our dog running in the garden:)))) and they have a cat!
Price per person in april 2018:
575Q for 5 days, 3h/day
25Q for a week to sleep in your van in their gated parking lot. You have access to toilets, hot shower and sink for dishes.
We had feedback from students here having homestay and they highly recommend it! They paid a bit more than 600Q per person and they had 2-3 meals a day. No idea if food was included in the price or if the family was just very generous.
Only cons: 50% of the money you give goes to your teacher. There are other schools that give more to the teachers.....we learned it after. I guess the extra money goes in all the activities for students which is really cool.....for the students!Report Check-In
the school is great, it's one to one classes. several activities can be made with them. i paid less than 700 quetzals for a week of lessons with 3h a day. it was really fine for me.
They can arrange you homestay in family or offer cabañas in their property but we don't know the price.
They allowed us to stay with our van in their parking lot. it has rooms for two small vans (less than 6m long).
The place is nice, people are friendly, wifi is good.
We paid a ridiculous 150Q per van for 6 nights there.
We loved this place. We did two weeks of school. We stayed in their larger bungalow with a private bathroom /shower. ..it's far from hot, but warm. Our bungalow had a gas stove and basic pots and pans ect... and a refrigerator. We paid $50usd for 7 nights in the bungalow and $75usd each for 3 hours of one-on-one lessons for 5 days. We paid in total 1500Q for every thing. We are two people. We arrived on a Tuesday and they still arranged lessons and they are letting us have another night free since our last lessons is a Tuesday afternoon. I really loved my teacher Juanita Gonzalez. For the next year she only works afternoons because she volunteers at her church. She has been teaching Spanish for 8 years, and is so kind, and she really is the best. Afternoon time is less popular, but if you want the best teacher suck it up. The market in center of town is 10 minutes away and so cheap. Only spending $200 bucks and cooking for ourselves most nights really helped us catch back up on the budget. You can also arrange homestay at this school. Most students do that. They have activities a couple times a week and one is cooking and eating local food, and drinking hibiscus tea with local rum. secure parking we parked our truck and never took it out of the parking lot for the whole 2 weeks. Internet was great!Report Check-In
Spent 2 weeks here. Amazingly friendly family. Beautiful yard and gardens. Backs right onto the lake. They also have a pool you can swim in in the back garden. My teacher was great. 1 on 1, very patient. I went in with zero Spanish and feel I came out with,well more then zero. But it's all about practicing it-a lot. I highly recommend. It's also in the quiet side of town. I parked my Tacoma with pop up in there secure parking lot. Fit in no trouble, but nothing any bigger.Report Check-In
Friendly family run Spanish school, secure parking for the truck. Very affordable $35 for a week in the bungalow with shared bathrooms, 3hrs tuition per day $75 4hrs $90. Located in a quiet corner of town.Report Check-In
We stayed for 7 nights and loved this place. It's a small family owned business that helps provide education for Mayans girls and community support. They were very helpful and welcoming. Our classes were $90 USD for 4hr/5 days, we rented the large casita for $50 with private bathroom and hot shower. They include a movie night and a cooking night that you help cook a typical Guatemalan dinner. They also had a guide come to the school so we could hike the volcano.Report Check-In
We stayed at Corazon Maya for two weeks and took Spanish classes – PROS: Affordable yet quality one-on-one spanish classes, quiet part of town but walking distance to ‘Gringolandia,’ free wifi, secured parking – CONS: shared showers were cold (we heard the casitas with showers had hot water), running water to wash dishes was hit or miss – 75 USD for 4 hours of private classes for 5 days, 60 USD for 3 hours of private classes for 5 days, 30 USD for smallest casita (stove but no fridge, sink, or private bathroom), the more expensive casitas have more amenities and are still dirt cheap – NOTE: They let us stay an extra night for free in the casita because there was no one moving in. They were also going to let us camp in the parking spot at apparently no charge, pretty cool.Report Check-In