My husband, my twin 9 year old boys and I spent 4 weeks in Santa Cruz attending the Santa Cruz Spanish School and living in a home stay that the school organized for us. It was a delightful experience on many levels and it would not have been possible if it weren't for the effortless professionalism and kindness of Pedro and his crew.
This was the first time we had visited Guatemala and the longest we had ever spent away from home, so we were a bit nervous about what to expect but from the moment the Santa Cruz van picked us up at the airport we felt safe and welcome.
We loved the family that we stayed with and we developed friendships with them that will last for years and years. We are very grateful to Pedro for helping us make that connection.
The location of the school is absolutely beautiful and the teachers were fantastic. My husband and I adored Lidia, our teacher, and she taught us Spanish with an excellent balance of humor and technique. Rosario, the teacher for our boys, was delightful and she kept them moving and laughing throughout the 4 hour lessons each day. Pedro organized some great day trips for us on the weekends and even a 4 day trip to Antigua.
After visiting other towns around the lake, we all felt that Santa Cruz was just the right fit for us-the small village on top of the hill that wasn't filled with tourists, the lovely areas down by the lake and the welcoming people at the school made us feel right at home. It was hard to leave! Highly Recommended.