Backpacker Tours
Agencia de Viajes,
Posada y Restaurante.
Calle Urdaneta,
Santa Elena de Uairen,
Edo. Bolívar,




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Language School

Backpacker Tours offers economical and personal Spanish language teaching in great surroundings! Whether you want to improve your Spanish or make your first steps into that language, for example at the beginning of a trip through South America, you will find proper instruction at any level you need.

The teaching during the course is very personal and flexible enough to consider each student’s individual condition. For this reason we do not accept more than seven students in each class. The aim is that every student will get familiarized with the Spanish language, whilst gaining an insight into Venezuelan culture. Our emphasis is on learning in an interesting, natural and entertaining way.

Different methods of teaching allow us to structure the lesson according to the students’ progress or interest, concentrating on special subjects or speeding up the learning. 

The course is taking place at a tourist camp, which is located about 100 km from the small border town Sta. Elena de Uairén, surrounded by pure nature close by a waterfall and a natural swimming pool. There you will be personally attended by the owners, a Venezuelan-German couple, Alfonso and Sabine, who prepare delicious meals with homemade cakes, fresh bread and marmalades.

In your free time you can explore the nature all around the place, make a trip to the edge of the table-mountain, called “abismo”, enjoying the amazing view over the green ocean of the Amazonian jungle, get a massage under different waterfalls, or even try to find some gold or diamonds. If, in addition, you want to do something for your health you can regenerate your body with relaxing activities from mud baths up to yoga-exercises.

At the same time, our small border town Santa Elena de Uairen offers diverse, contrasting landscapes such as waterfalls, flat-top mountains, jungle, savannah and the huge neighbour Brazil. All this provides a lot of interesting material for conversations and excursions. Trekking to the oldest mountain on earth (Roraima) is just one of many possibilities.



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Yari - the spanish teacher  Gran Sabana
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Gran Sabana
Language School
Key information:
Price per person:
1 week (18hrs) 180,- EUR
2 weeks (36hrs) 355,- EUR
3 weeks (54hrs) 530,- EUR
4 weeks (72hrs) 710,- EUR

Course price for intensive course per person:

1 week (30hrs) 295,- EUR
2 weeks (60hrs) 595,- EUR
3 weeks (90hrs) 890,- EUR
4 weeks (120hrs) 1188,- EUR

 Board and Lodging

 Per day per person:                   45,- EUR

The price includes 3 excursions in a week.

Every student will get a certificate with the number of hours completed and level of proficiency in the Spanish language.

The course includes

The course consists of 2 hours  Spanish lessons  in the morning ,  from 9.00 to 11.00 , and 1 hour conversation practice in the afternoon, Monday to Saturday.

In case of time pressure it is possible to reduce the days with more hours of lessons  each day.

The intensive course consists of 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.

All learning material you will get from us.

Your teacher will be Sabine. Sabine had been living in Caracas for 8 years, finishing German High School. In Germany, she studied English and Spanish for translator for four years at the University of Cologne.

Apart from teaching language lessons for adults she has many years of didactic experience with children and teenagers as well.
How to get to Santa Elena:

Daily plane from Ciudad Bolivar to Santa Elena by Rutaca (80euros one way).
Bus connection from Caracas (22h), Ciudad Bolivar (9h) and Puerto Ordaz (8h). We recommend the comfortable busses from Expresos OccidenteLos Llanos and Caribe. If not available you can also use "Turgar" or "San Cristobal".

Other info:

We also provide a pick up service or assistance at the international airport in Caracas or Porlamar (Isla de Margarita).

Furthermore we have printable travel brochures for you.

Recommended books:

Recommended Travel map from Int. Travel maps,, ISBN 0-921-46359-6

Guidebooks from Lonely planet, Footprint or Bradt Travel Guide

"into the heart" an Amazon love story from Kenneth Good ISBN 0-241-12792-0. One of the most fascinating books I read over a anthropologist who felt in love with a Yanomami woman in the unexplored Amazon jungle. Read it!!!

"The lost world", Arthur Conan Doyle, ISBN 0-812-97213-9



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