AEC In Turrialba 2017-04-20T19:21:50+00:00


Study the language
and explore the land
with AEC in Turrialba.

Turrialba was selected as a campus site by AEC because of this unique location. By being outside the standard tourist flow, Turrialba has kept its Costa Rican native charm and therefore serves as the most immersive of our campuses.

Even though many tourists pass through town to experience its famous white water rafting, there are not many foreigners living in the area. This makes for an excellent environment for students wishing to practice their Spanish.

There are over 70,000 inhabitants of the Turrialba valley and the town is its social, political, economic and cultural heart. Here, the people are famous for their love of life, outgoing natures and devotion to family. This spirit radiates to all who visit and spend time here. Visitors become a part of this extended family and can feel as safe and secure as if it were their own hometown.

Turrialba Stats

Things to Do: Learn Spanish, adventure tours, river rafting, hiking, zip lining and mountain biking.

Things to See: Coffee Plantations, The Guayabo National Monument, and abundant wildlife.

Location on Earth:
09°54′ North & 83°41′ West

Country: Costa Rica

Province: Cartago

Canton: Turrialba

Altitude: 2,093 feet

Climate: Tropical Rainforest

Rainfall: The average yearly rainfall is 131.378 inches (3337 mm).

Temperature:The average temperature in Turrialba is 78°F(23.8°C).

Google Map of Turrialba

Surrounding Areas

Guayabo National Monument

Not far from town to the north is the most important archaeological site in all of Costa Rica, the 3,000 year old Guayabo National Monument. This is an extremely interesting discovery and sheds new light on the mysterious inhabitants who once lived in the region. Since there were no great civilizations in the region such as the Mayans or Incas, very little is known of the life of the small and scattered tribes in the area that has become Costa Rica. Each year more discoveries are unearthed and with them greater understanding of Costa Rica’s past.

Braulio Corrillo National Park

To the north: Braulio Corrillo National Park, which features over 6,000 plant species that account for half the total amount in the country. The park is also full of primary forests, cloud forests and rain forests full of different types of animals.

Mount Chirripo

To the south Climb the second highest peak in Central America, the 12,900 foot high Mount Chirripo. From its summit on a clear day, hikers can see both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, truly one of the most amazing sites in all of Costa Rica. Also to the south is the Chirripo Atlantic River basin, locally known as ‘The Grand Canyon of Costa Rica’, which connects this region to the largest National Park in the country La Amistat.

Reventazon River

To the east: raft the mighty Reventazon River churns and rumbles its way downward towards the Caribbean coast paralleled by one of the top 10 rivers in the world to raft and kayak the majestic, wild and breathtaking Pacuare River.