Veracruz is a perfect place for adventure and for ecotourism. Moving from under the ocean to the third highest mountain peak in North America takes you through many environments and to many adventures.
Throughout the state, conservation is strengthening. It's potential benefits are becoming clear to the local populations, and finally the economic reward is beginning to be realized.
Our language school's supportive involvment with small, local providers helps by bringing an additional dimension to their efforts to find tourists to participate in their offerings.
Only by making protecting their lands more benefical than destroying them will conservation prevail. In our small way, we at the language school are working to bring this benefit to the locals. We hope you'll join in with our efforts. And, we hope you'll have the vacation of a lifetime.!
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Our U.S. number is (415) 939-4388. This is a San Francisco number that rings right through to us in Veracruz.
The School's Mexico Address
The Language Immersion School
Calle Alacio Perez #61
Col. R. Flores Magon
Veracruz, Ver. Mexico
Within Mexico (229) 931-4716,
Within Mexico Cellular (229) 207-1929
To broaden your experiences you may want to visit one or several of the major ruins.
North of us, still in the state, is El Tajin. Two night trips will take you to Teotihuacan
You may want to visit with families in different settings. We're happy to arrange
weekend stays with traditional old-Mexico families in small villages around the region.
Veracruz and Mexico Adventure and Ecotourism notes
Hydrology Research [Mexico]
Joining us for a few weeks is a graduate student coming to Mexico to participate in a hydrology study on the edge of the mountains near Xalapa.
We look forward to hearing more about it. And we're wondering if it might tie actively into ecotourism.
Mexico loves its natural spaces, and we enjoy participating, in small ways, in protecting them. We've been watching for activities that science and ecology clubs back home might get to join. We've got our fingers crossed that this is the one.
Adventure & Ecotourism with Spanish Study
- Language Study
- Spanish for tourists is a study of fundamental grammatical structures and basic
vocabulary needed to begin traveling the off-the-tourist-trail parts of Mexico on your
own. The study has a small-group classroom component which is immediately brought into
usable form in our Out-and-About Labs. Unlike traditional classroom study, with the
help of our Charlantes, you’ll be speaking what you learn as soon as you learn.
You’ll be learning in one of Mexico’s safest and most wonderful cities
and throughout one of the safest and most varied states.
- If your Spanish is already developing or even well developed, you can work with us at advanced levels.
- Adventure and Ecotourism Stops
- Through a statewide, voluntary, and highly cooperative grouping of adventure and ecotourism providers, you can start your activities deep in the ocean and finish high on the third highest mountain peak in North America. We will arrange your Spanish study around the trips you choose to take. You'll have full strength schooling with as many fascinating and enchanting outings as you wish to enjoy. You can arrange for charlants to accompany you so you'll be having fun and developing your Spanish at the same time.
- All adventure and ecotourism providers are small companies; all are owned and operated by local Mexicans, and all are committed to conservation made successful by grassroots participation and local benefit.
- Travel in and around Veracruz
- Without even leaving town there is so much to do. The Veracruz Coral Reef System is an adventure and ecotourism dream come true. You can enjoy the reef system via scuba, snorkel, surface tour (by launch), ocean kayak, and simply swimming out from shore. Additionally Veracruz is an important wetlands area with a wealth of lagoons within and fringing the city.
- Close by, as day trips (or half day), you'll find dunes, mangrove lined passages in lagoons, rivers opening into the ocean, archaeological sites, and incredible birding. We're on a major neo-tropical migratory route for raptors and other birds. For some fun on the dunes you can sandboard.
- Another hour away is whitewater rafting, zip-line and rappel. For the devoted adventurer, a few hour more upstream are some of Mexico's most daunting rapids.
- Long day outings will take you to mountain horseback, mountain bike, and walking trips in the mountains. You can choose from activites in the foothills to moving up high on the Eastern Range. Community offerings are wonderfully broad and you can even participate in beekeeping, black clay pottery, coffee production and more.
- Overnight and Weekend Trips
- Going higher in the mountains, or to more distant river runs, or for birding early in the morning, overnight stays are needed. The local providers will help you with hotels. Unless you want five star accomodations, hotel prices are very reasonable.
- The Adventure and Ecotourism providers
- All providers are independent small businesses owned and operated by Mexicans.
Our language school is highly supportive of grassroots conservation. We have no
financial interaction of any sort, at all, with the providers. We receive
absolutely no payment of any sort from the providers in our organization
(or from any other providers.)
- Our language school staff supplies office functioning and coordinating
efforts to the organization, and we host the organization's website.
(We are the only foreigners in the group.)
- You can get to the sites of the providers with whom we work very closely by
visiting our organization's site at www.mexico-ecotourism.org.
- Remember our Mix and Match
- In addition to adventure and eco-tourism, you can pick and choose from all
our programs.There's more to do than time permits.
- A glance through the other program pages will show you the many choices you have.
Before We Learned Spanish
- Every time we stepped onto a city bus we could only hope we’d get back, and every time
we took a taxi we worried that we were paying to get from here to there by way of
the “tourist bypass.”
- Directions were best guesses at what someone pointing this way and that meant. Banking was
almost impossible.And we couldn’t just pick up and go because we just didn’t
know how to get out and around.
- We desperately needed tourist’s Spanish. We went to the community college and began
taking courses. We could read and write, but travel was only a little easier.
- We needed to be able to talk with people. We didn’t need the scope of what we had
studied, but we needed to be able to speak.
- Our tourist’s Spanish will give you what it took us years to find, “How to
talk your way into traveler’s freedom.”
|FREETIME ACTIVITIES--Everywhere is the Right Place to Speak Spanish.
|scuba diving the coral reefs
snorkeling the coral reefs
swimming in the Gulf
mountain and glacier climbing
|visiting archaeological ruins
visiting out of the way places
boating on the Gulf of Mexico
deep sea fishing
road and mountain biking