The 10 Best Things to Do in Spain!

Are you thinking about travelling to Spain?

As many guidebooks will show, it is a land filled with breathtaking sights and experiences that are bound to ensure an excellent holiday. There are also a number of more unusual, less known alternatives that are bound to have you super excited out by the end of your trip.

Thus, if you are more of the adventurous tourist and you are tired of the same old tourist guides. Then read on, for here are 10 suggestions that will make for an exciting Spanish itinerary!

1. Go Clubbing in Ibiza – Visit one or two of the magnificent clubs in Ibiza. Better yet, take a week and visit one of the seven main clubs in Ibiza each night. Prepare yourself though, you will be in for full nights of partying from sundown to sunrise and your feet will dance until they can’t any longer! There’s a reason why they made a song about Ibiza’s party scene. You simply must experience it.

2. Arts & Culture – A visit to Spain will expose you to the vast art and cultural wealth the land has to offer. If you want to keep close to the cities, Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum is a great choice. Other than the wealth of art it houses within, the daring structure itself is a work of art built from glass, titanium and stone and it only complements the city’s contrasts. The Reina Sofia Museum might be a weaker comparison, but it is home to one of Picasso’s greatest works, “The Guernica.” If you want arts and culture, Spain has it in plenty in almost every city, town or region. Make sure you take in as much as you can.

3. Tomato Fighting – There’s an annual tomato fighting festival every August in Valencia. Yes, “La Tormatina” and no, it is not people fighting tomatoes. Rather, its people fighting with tomatoes against each other. It is a strange festival but over 30,000 semi-naked people gather each year to fight with tomatoes annually before being washed down by fire truck hoses courtesy of the local fire brigade. It is truly an experience you must be part of really!

4. World Heritage Sites – Spain has over 35 world heritage sites. In flagging these sites, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee hopes to preserve locations that bear great cultural and natural significance for future generations to inherit. Challenge yourself to visit all of them.

 

5. Breathtaking Views – Spain offers various views and experiences that are simply to die for. Driving the N340 highway will have you so close to the Moroccan coast you will want to reach out and touch it. Additionally, while there, get atop the piste and have a whole some view of Granada. It is equally breathtaking. Whether or not you are a soccer fan, you will want to experience the thrill of being in a soccer stadium packed to capacity with close to 100,000 madly passionate and loud fans. Fc Barcelona’s “Nou Camp” is the largest stadium in Spain and the second largest in Europe at 99,354 seating capacity. Fc Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, with 81,044 seats is a little smaller but equally worth a visit. Both will offer you a rush action packed experience at watching some of the elite players in action first-hand.

6. The Seville Fair – It is an open secret that Spaniards love to party and they do it well. One need on further proof than the Seville Fair. It is the nation’s liveliest, biggest and most exiting party. If you are about to take a trip to Spain, consider visiting the fair as it is seven full days of unadulterated, pure fun!

7. Surf and Snowboard – Are you into extreme sports? Well you are in luck, Spain has enough unique natural landscape to fulfill your quests. You can finally have a go riding Guernika’s Biscay Swell in the Billabong pro and cross it of your bucket list. Alternatively, you can take on snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada, get to experience the adrenaline rush of moving down a mountain at neck-breaking speeds.

8. The Alhambra – When you visit Spain, ensure you get to view the Alhambra at sunset. It is the most incredible and lasting legacy of Moorish Spain; definitely worth hundreds of visits. However, if you want to understand why the Moorish dynasty considered the Alhambra their physical manifestation of paradise, view it from atop St. Nicholas Square at sundown. True to its majesty, the Alhambra, in all its ancient wonder radiates a golden glow against a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The scene is seriously moving thus be prepared as you might even get a wee bit emotional.

9. Try Local Cuisines – Drink some “Rioja” while in La Rioja and have some Sherry while in Jerez too. Often, this would comprise sufficient experience of the local drinks but the food is equally worthwhile. For this reason, get to sample Madrid’s Tapas and wine tasting tour while in town. Barcelona also offers small group cooking classes which can have you showing off your skills Spanish cuisine in no time.

10. Spain is unlike other destinations. It offers a blend of diverse and breathtaking natural scenery, elegant levels of of synergy between ancient and modern architecture, arts and culture, fun, fascination, fantastic cuisine, sea, sand, sun and sangria. One of the best things to do there is simply hire a car or a motorbike and drive around and see where the road takes you !

All this combines effortlessly with its beautiful and warm people to create such variety and spice for you that you cannot experience anywhere else.

Buen viaje!

The Importance of Growth!

Growth has been described by Tony Robbins as one of the SIX basic human needs for peace and harmony within.

Growth can be described as the expansion of the self, the constant improvement and “stretching” of ourselves to learn more, to act and react in new and better ways, to constantly evolve into a better version of ourselves.

Whether you do this through your job, through your hobbies, through your home life, through your friendship circles, or through some kind of spiritual practice such as meditation or yoga, the feeling that you’re improving yourself and growing as a person is essential to our wellbeing.

Without it, we start to feel stagnant, frustrated, trapped, and soon enough we start to lose energy for life and can slip into depression and addiction.

How do we make sure that we keep on growing?

There are many things that you can do to keep this feeling of growth alive, even in the most difficult and/or busiest periods of our lives.

Even just an hour or two a week dedicated to a hobby, a business idea, a creative outlet, or learning something new will give us a deep inner satisfaction that our lives are being used for something useful and that we’re headed in a positive direction.

Learning Spanish is a particularly good way of satisfying this deep human need!

Aprovéchate by Cafe Tacuba – Listen to this great song (with translation into English)!

¿Cómo se sienten este jueves nublado?  Nosotros, un poco nostálgicos y pensamos en compartir esto con ustedes.

How are you feeling on this overcast Thursday?  We feel a little bit nostalgic and we thought of sharing this with you.

Listen to this amazing song by one of the greatest Mexican rock bands.  Try to understand as much as possible.  Then listen to it again following the lyrics only in Spanish.  Finally, you can listen to the song one more time with the English translation.   You will be surprised how clear words will start to become and all the new vocabulary that you will learn in a natural and enjoyable way.

We hope you like it!

Aprovéchate de mí, de que estoy enamorado.

Aprovéchate que al fin, te encontraste con un hombre así.

Puedes hacer lo que quieras, pon mi mundo de cabeza,

pero si te aprovechas tú de mí, me aprovecharé de ti.

Aprovéchate de mí, de que estoy enamorado,

Aprovéchate que al fin, me encontraste por ahí.

Sólo sabes dudar, temer, desconfiar de aquellos que te han pretendido

y ahora te encuentras conmigo, ya ves.

Aprovéchate de mí, de que estoy enamorado.

Aprovéchate que al fin me encontraste por ahí.

Si te he tratado mal, hasta un punto fatal, permite que arregle las cosas.

Te propongo cambiar, canjear de lugar, ahora eres tú la agresora.

Desquítate conmigo ahora me puedes usar…

Me puedes….

¡Amar!…

Me aprovecharé de ti, te aprovecharás de mí…

 

 

Aprovéchate de mí, de que estoy enamorado.

Take advantage of me, that I’m in love.

 

Aprovéchate que al fin, te encontraste con un hombre así.

Take avantage of the fact that you finally found yourself with a man like this.

 

Puedes hacer lo que quieras, pon mi mundo de cabeza,

You can do whatever you want, turn my world upside down,

 

pero si te aprovechas tú de mí, me aprovecharé de ti.

but if you take advantage of me, I will take advantage of you.

 

Aprovéchate de mí, de que estoy enamorado,

Take advantage of me, that I’m in love.

 

Aprovéchate que al fin, me encontraste por ahí.

Make the most of the fact, that you found me around.

 

Sólo sabes dudar, temer, desconfiar de aquellos que te han pretendido

You only know how to doubt, fear, mistrust those who have courted you

 

y ahora te encuentras conmigo, ya ves.

and now see, you are with me.

 

Aprovéchate de mí, de que estoy enamorado.

 

Aprovéchate que al fin me encontraste por ahí.

Make the most of the fact, that you found me around.

 

 

Si te he tratado mal, hasta un punto fatal, permite que arregle las cosas.

If I have mistreated you, to a fatal point, allow me to fix things.

 

Te propongo cambiar, canjear de lugar, ahora eres tú la agresora.

I propose to change, trade places, now you are the aggressor.

 

Desquítate conmigo ahora me puedes usar…

Get even with me, now you can use me…

 

Me puedes….

You can…

 

¡Amar!…

love me…

 

Me aprovecharé de ti, te aprovecharás de mí…

I will take advantage of you, you will take advantage of me…

 

 

The 10 Best Things to See and Do in Cuba

1. Attend The Santiago de Cuba Carnival

The carnival of Santiago de Cuba is the most famous, most traditional and largest carnival in Cuba. It’s an explosion of color, contagious dance and drum rhythms. It’s also a national event due to the fact that in July 1955, Fidel Castro was able to enter Santiago de- Cuba, under the cover of the Carnival, and begin the Cuban Revolution. For the people of Cuba, July 26th is their independence day. It’s a time for them to remember their rich history, culture and community and re-gather themselves.

2. Do The Rumba On The Street

Filled with sensual Hispanic influences and driving African rhythms, Cuban rumba is a primal and raw dance form. In the Cuban culture, spontaneous rumba dances usually breakout on the streets. Instead of waiting for an impromptu Cuban rumba to break out, you can head out to a regular rumba to catch some action and learn the rumba dancing style. The Sábado-de La Rumba at the Centro Cultural El-Gran Palenque, for example, is a popular one.

3. Visit The Caves Of Viñales’

Viñales’ thriving farming community and vibrant vegetation show the traditional side of Cuba. Its famous limestone mountains are locally known as the ‘mogotes’. They are ideal for rock climbing and there’s a large impressive mural that depicts the prehistoric era, along its cliff face, which was commissioned by Fidel Castro in 1931. The best way to tour the hidden caves is by boat via Cuevas-del Indio, where you will travel deep into the tall cliffs with lanterns lighting your way, a totally unforgettable and surreal experience.

4. See El Cañonazo de Las Nueve

Every night, at 9:00 pm sharp in the La Cabaña fortress, on the east side of Havana City, the ceremony of “el cañonazo de- las nueve” is held: soldiers who are dressed in 18th century traditional costumes shoot the cannons to warn that it’s time to close the city’s gates. This ceremony has been held in this fortress for many centuries, to help protect the city from enemies. In the La Cabaña fortress you will be able to view and visit a lot of exhibits and museums and the entrance ticket will include a drink!

5. Tour The Jardines del Rey

Rising from the Atlantic Ocean along the northern shore of Camaguey provinces and Ciego de Avila, this 280 mile (450 kilometer) long archipelago, is also called the King’s Garden. It contains around 400 of islands. 3 of the major cays in Jardines del Rey are linked to the mainland by causeways, but only Cayo Guillermo and neighboring Cayo Coco have tourist facilities. These twin isles are lined with white sand beaches that melt into warm, clear, turquoise waters and are quite popular with tourists. There are also Flamingos that wander the inshore lagoons and a nature reserve that is inhabited by birds.

6. Discover The Revolution Square

The Revolution Square is the largest square in Havana. It is dominated by the José Marti Memorial, a national hero who would have been the first president of Cuba if he had made it out of the 2nd War of Independence alive. You can take the lift to the top of the 138 feet (42 meter) monument for a vertigo inducing view of Cuba’s capital. You should also visit the museum at the base of the tower that is dedicated to him.

7. Festival del Caribe (Festival of Fire)

The Festival del Caribe is a week-long festival that is held in Santiago de Cuba. It celebrates dance and music from the Caribbean area. It is also referred to as the Festival del Fuego and the Festival del Caribe. The festival serves as an exchange forum between the diverse cultural manifestations of the Caribbean region and is dedicated to strengthening ties between nations and peoples by highlighting their common cultural elements. It features processions of decorated vehicles, indoor shows, free outdoor concerts and parades of spectacularly attired dancers, beer stands, food stalls and goat pulled cart rides for kids.

8. Tour The Hidden Waterfalls Of Cuba

Between Cienfuegos and Trinidad, hidden away from the tourist trail you’ll find El Nicho, a tranquil place where you can spend one or several of your afternoons – a paradise on earth. Within the Topes- de Collantes Natural Park lie effervescent rock pools, waterfalls and pristine lagoons where you can swim surrounded by incredible bird-life and stunning scenery.

9. Meet Dolphins At Cayo Naranjo

People do not come to this wonderful place to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches– Cayo Naranjo is all about the aquarium that is set in the heart of the Bahía- de Naranjo Nature Park. It is actually in the ocean itself, so the dolphins and other sea animals are free to roam in their natural habitat. You can watch the dolphins doing tricks and see the local sea lions.

 

10. Kick Back In The Varadero

The Varadero area of Cuba is world renowned for its natural beauty: perfect climate, powder sand beaches and glassy blue waters. These amazing qualities combine together to make this area a grand tourist destination to rival anything that the Bahamas or Barbados may offer. Since it’s in Cuba, it tends to be more pocket friendly than most of the other well-known Caribbean destinations. There are also many inexpensive luxury resorts in Varadero.

 

Ways To Travel In Cuba

1. By Plane

Tip to tip, the island of Cuba is 745 miles (1200km) long and of the 3 state owned domestic airlines, the Aerocaribbean airline operates most routes. Nearly all internal flights land or take off in Havana and there’re very few resorts and cities which connect directly to any other place than Cuba’s capital, however you can fly directly from Cayo Largo to Varadero. Outside Havana the main-regional-airports are in Santiago de Cuba, Varadero, Santa Clara, Holguín, Camagüey and while Cayo Coco, Cayo-Las Brujas and Cayo Largo, have their own airports that handle flights specifically for Cuba’s tourist industry.

2. By Train

Currently, the Cuban train system is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. In spite of the fact that the Cuban trains are slow and are subject to cancellations and long delays, they provide an amazing way of feeling Cuba’s landscape as you travel around.

If you are a tourist, you will require your passport to purchase a ticket at the train station and you cannot purchase a train ticket by phone or online.

The main line links Santiago de Cuba with Havana via Camagüey and Santa Clara is generally quite comfortable and reliable. Most of the major cities in Cuba are served by the main line route. The faster of the 2 main line services, from Santiago to Havana, is the Especial, which is also referred to as the”Tren Francés” (the French train). The Especial provides 2 classes of seats and its coaches are air conditioned and leaves Havana once every 3 days. The alternative train service is the Regular. It does not have air conditioning and offers only 1 class of seating, but it leaves more frequently, normally 4 or 5 times per week.

3. By Bus

Cuba’s buses are also locally known as omnibuses or guaguas and they are the most commonly used means of transport in Cuba, both for interprovincial journeys and within the cities.

i. Interprovincial buses

There are 3 separate bus services that serve the interprovincial routes, Conectando Cuba and for Viazul CUC-paying Cubans and tourists and Astro, a national peso bus service that is reserved exclusively for citizens of Cuba.

Víazul is the more comprehensive of the CUC charging bus networks. It offers comfortable seats and air conditioning and is more targeted as a tourist bus service. It connects the main touristic locations and most of the provincial capitals of the mainland.

Víazul does not serve some of the most exquisite beach resorts, including Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa-María and the northern-cays in Villa Clara. However, it is still the most reliable, most hassle free and quickest way of travelling in Cuba.

The Conectando Cuba bus service, which is also referred to as the Cubanacán-Transtur, differs from the Víazul service in that it picks-up and drops its passengers at the hotels in the towns and cities it serves – they are far less than the number of towns and cities that are covered by Víazul.

ii. Local bus services

A mini-bus (also locally known as a guagua) is a bus service that covers all the important corners and areas of Cuba, leaves more frequently and is popular with Cubans. Although many tourists use the interprovincial buses, only a few use the local bus services as a way of getting around Cuba’s cities and towns

4. Taxis

There are many different types of taxis in Cuba that are usually outwardly indistinguishable from each other. The different types of taxis in Cuba include:

i. Tourist taxis

Although they are by no means exclusively meant for the tourists, the official-metered state taxis that charge in CUC are generally referred to as turistaxis (or tourist taxis), and are generally modern European and Japanese vehicles as opposed to old Russian or American ones.

ii. Private taxis

There are a large number of privately-owned cars, including American classics that are operated as taxis in Cuba. Some of the private taxi drivers wait for their passengers at the bus stations, other fixed pickup points and work interprovincial routes.

iii. Communal taxis

Communal taxis, also referred to as taxis colectivos or almendrones, are more similar to the bus services than the regular taxis. They’re generally privately owned cars, but there are also some state run colectivos, and normally they operate along certain routes, between and within cities and towns.

iv. Cocotaxis and bicitaxis

Bicitaxis are 3 wheeled bicycles that have enough room for 2 passengers. They are in use all around Cuba.

Cocotaxis are less common and are strictly aimed at Cuba’s tourist market and provide the novel experience of riding around the city or town semi encased in a large bowling ball and dragged along by a scooter.

5. By Car

Given that some of the destinations in Cuba are not served by the train and bus networks and the infrequency of the buses on most routes, it makes a lot of sense to rent a vehicle if you are planning to travel a lot. Although hiring a vehicle in Cuba is relatively expensive, traffic jams are nearly unheard and away from Cuba’s major towns and cities, most roads – including motorways – are nearly empty, this means that you will be able to get around quickly.

6. Cycling

Cycling tours are quite popular in Cuba. Nevertheless, although basic Chinese manufactured bikes are quite common in all cities and towns, cycling for sport or recreation isn’t quite popular among citizens of Cuba. There`re no proper bike rental agencies or cycling shops, and surprisingly quite a few places selling spare parts or renting bikes, but some of the hotels do rent out their bicycles. The most straightforward long-distance cycling opportunities for tourists are pre-packaged cycling tours.

The 10 Best Things to See and Do in Colombia!

Colombia is home to stunning cities, breathtaking natural beauty, wonderful beaches, coffee plantations, unique flora and fauna, and more. While it can be hard to choose a travel destination or activity from the country’s many must-see destinations, here are 10 things to see and do in Colombia that stands out among the rest.

1. Explore Cartagena

Tropical Cartagena, a modern port-city on the Mediterranean coast, is a must-visit on any Colombia trip. This is one of South America’s most charming and picturesque walled colonial cities, much-visited for its beaches. Life moves at a leisurely pace here, and no matter how troubled the Colombian capital or other regions of the country are you are bound to find people meandering along the cobbled streets, checking out the delicious local cuisine, enjoying its beautiful beaches or browsing the excellent city museums. The Old Town with its 16th century plazas is one of the biggest attractions in Cartagena, and one of the things you must do there is enjoy a sunset with a scrumptious cocktail in your hand at the Cafe del Mar. 

2. Hike and Snorkel at Parque Tayrona

Another popular and highly recommended beach destination on the Mediterranean coast is Parque Tayrona, located about 34 kilometers from Santa Marta (an erstwhile Spanish settlement and natural harbor). Parque Tayrona or the Tayrona National Natural Park is a protected area at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Here you will find jungles and sea, sandy beaches along the northern coast to rainforests at 900 meters to the south. To the west, there are arid brown hills and cacti. The eastern and central rainforests are lush, verdant and home to at least 56 endangered species of wildlife. At the park you will also find some ruins of the Tayrona people, such as the town of Pueblito. The stunning coconut-palm shaded beaches are a big attraction, but they are not for swimming. You can snorkel and dive in some places, however, and equipment rental is available. 

3. Visit the Colonial Mompox

Another historic city center (and world heritage site) is Mompox, or Santa Cruz de Mompox (mentioned by writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his novel “The General in His Labyrinth”). This old city was founded in the sixteenth century on the banks of River Magdalena, and had an important role to play in the colonization of South America by the Spaniards. The historic city center expanded along the river in the following two centuries. Today, you will find an old town that melds very harmoniously within its modern urban surroundings. One of the most striking buildings in town is the late sixteenth-century Iglesia Santa Barbara en Mompox, or the church of Santa Barbara, with its spacious interiors and striking tower. When in Mompox, you can explore the colonial architecture, watch the Easter processions, take a boat trip in the Pijino swamp, and learn about the art of goldsmithing and more. 

4. Cool Off in Salento 

A sleepy town set in the foothills of the Colombian Andes; Salento is a popular getaway for locals and tourists from Pereira and Armenia on weekends and holidays. Located in the lush and relaxed mountains of the Quindio department, this town offers the perfect setting to explore Colombian organic coffee fincas (estates), visit the Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, try pig racing, enjoy some of the country’s best views at Mirador, eat Trucha (a local fish) and hike in the surreal natural cloud forest of the Valle de Cocora, where you will find towering specimens of the national tree – the wax palm. The Bosques de Cocora in the Cocora valley is a magical and remote wooded area with winding rivers, meandering paths and bridges, and plenty of breathtaking scenery. Salento is reachable by bus from the towns of Armenia or Pereira. 

5. Enjoy Fresh Coffee at Don Manolo Cafe 

If you are in the neighborhood of Pereira, be sure to stop by this small family-owned coffee estate for a wonderful tour of the farm, the process of making coffee, and also get a taste of some fresh brews. This estate is highly rated by visitors for its hospitality – Don Manolo and his family will take you around and explain the entire process of coffee making from pod to table. The friendliness and politeness carries over into the coffee that is usually brewed for visitors. Some visitors have also picked fresh fruit from the farm’s trees to have the hosts create delicious smoothies for them. This is a highly recommended experience as an alternative to larger coffee plantations in the region. 

6. Gape in Awe at the Las Lajas Sanctuary 

There are few churches in South America that are built in such a precarious location as the Las Lajas Sanctuary, which dangles over a Colombian gorge in a forest near the border with Ecuador. There have been eighteenth-century stories of miracles that inspired the building of this church between 1916 and 1949 in place of the original chapel that had been there. With a dramatic setting, stunning neo-gothic architecture, elegant turrets, an arched stone bridge, cascading waterfalls, green cliffs and a river that gushes 150 feet below the massive church, the Las Lajas Sanctuary is a must-see for even the non-religious. 

7. Admire the Salt Cathedral 

The underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá may be a popular tourist spot, but that doesn’t take away from its beauty. Built two hundred meters deep in a salt mine under a halite mountain near Zipaquirá, this Roman Catholic Church is a place of pilgrimage. There are three sections in the temple to represent stages in the life of Christ, and the ornaments, icons and details in the temple are carved out of halite rock. Considered one of Colombia’s biggest architectural achievements and dubbed a “jewel of modern architecture”, the salt cathedral takes you to a different world – beautiful, glowing, a little eerie and only a short distance from Bogota downtown. 

8. Swim in Crab Cay

The small island of Crab Cay (locally known as Cayo Cangrejo), is located in the Caribbean Sea in the Providencia Island municipality and is a wonderful stretch of paradise without the crowds of many other Colombian beaches. The water is incredibly clear, and though the reef may not have a lot of coral, you can snorkel to discover several species of fish including barracudas and rays. The area is part of a protected natural park (the Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Old Providence McBean Lagoon), so there is a small fee to enter. Nearby are an airport, a mangrove system, and numerous species of flora and fauna. The Restaurante Deep Blue nearby offers gorgeous views as well as an inventive menu.

9. Be Intrigued at the San Agustin Archaeological Park

This mysterious park, listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, is South America’s largest group of large stone sculptures and religious monuments. Some Andean peoples who lived in the region between the First and Eighth centuries are believed to have been the creators of the many impressive sculptures of mythical animals and gods. Here you can enjoy wonderful walks, read up a little on the local history in the museum near the entrance, and discover the enigmatic statues that dot the green, cool landscape. The San Agustin Archaeological Park is located in San Agustin, in the southern department of Huila. 

10. Hike a Volcano at Nevado del Ruiz

For an experience of an unforgettable active volcano in Columbia, visit the Nevado del Ruiz volcano between the departments of Tolima and Caldas west of Bogota. Also known as Kumanday among the local indigenous pre-Columbian people, the volcano has been active for 2 million years. Visitors can join a tour group or drive there on their own, as long as the park is open (when activity is not dangerous). The hike up takes you through beautiful natural scenery, flora and fauna, and near the top you can see the blue steam rising from the volcano. Security ensures that you don’t go anywhere unsafe, though you should be prepared for high altitudes and stop frequently for acclimatization along the way.

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The 10 Best Things to See and Do in Peru

From striking jungle to coastal desert via the magnificent peaks of the Andes, Peru’s incredible variety of places to visit means the potential for adventure is limitless. Whether you want to swim with pink dolphins, drink pisco sours in a sleepy colonial town, paddle your way down the Amazon in a dugout canoe or trek the hallowed Inca Trail – or all of the above – Peru is a nation that is ripe for exploring. Wherever you go, Peru’s lively Andean culture will brighten your journeys. 

Equally, a trip to Peru could focus on more peaceful recreations. Well known as one of the planet’s culinary hotspots, the nation – and Lima in particular offers a series of exotic tastes to appeal to curious palates, as well as a laidback, exciting dining scene, ranging from gourmet restaurants to backstreet cevicherías. What’s more, there are plenty of nightclubs in the big city.

Here are the top 10 things to see and do in Peru:

Machu Picchu

This is one of the most beautiful and remarkable ancient sites in the planet and it’s 100 percent worth it. Machu Picchu is one of the most popular things to see in South America and also what almost everyone comes to see in Peru.

It’s highly recommended that you find a tour guide in order to discover all the exceptional history and tales of the lost city of the Incas. Walking towards the Inca Bridge you will find an amazing canon ridge and mountains to take pictures of.

It’s also advisable to book your train ticket in advance. If you wish to take hike-up the Huayna Picchu and take pictures of Machu Picchu, make sure that you stay ahead of schedule. The spot fills up very quickly.

Cuzco

Cuzco is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Peru and it’s the most common way towards Machu Picchu. Several travellers take the train, which can be found in a quick five to ten minute taxi ride from Cuzco.

The celebrated city and its culture will definitely amaze you as you wonder purposelessly along the city streets. Do not forget to tour Plaza Armas which is the most extraordinary center part of the city. There’s great nightlife to be found and also trail walking nearby.

Lima

The busy capital of Peru has turned into quite an amazing city. It’s now known as having world-class cuisine; the Ceviche will make your tongue sizzle- in a good way. For you to experience the best nightlife, shopping and restaurants, it’s important that you stay in the trendy Miraflores district along the Pacific Coast. Lima is also a perfect place for paragliding.

The Amazon at Iquitos

The Amazon at Iquitos is an exceptional holiday destination with amazing wildlife. Starting point to an Amazon boat trip in Peru is Iquitos, the planet’s largest city that cannot be accessed by road. That leaves boats and planes as the only means of transport for both people and supplies.

Hiking the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is probably the second largest most popular tourist attraction in Peru after Machu Picchu. The hike ends at the celebrated Machu Picchu. Just like the locals, many travellers enjoy taking the trail to explore the countryside. It’s definitely worth it if you have time and love hiking.

Huacachina

Situated near Ica Trail, Huacachina is a small oasis city surrounding a tiny natural lake and itself bounded by towering sand-dunes. Huacachina was once used as a playground for the Peruvian elite, however, these days it acts as a tourist attraction and it attracts thousands international travellers every year. The main attraction here is the chance to sand board and taking dune-buggy trips on the sand-dunes.

Lake Titicaca and Uros Islands

This popular tourist attraction in Peru is shared with Bolivia. Believed to be the planet’s largest lake with highest altitude, the lake offers quite a bit to travellers. Tourists can enjoy a folk festival, take a boat ride around the lake and even visit the weekend market at Puno.

Uros Islands is one of the most popular tourist attractions at the lake. The islands are about 40-minutes boat ride from the main port in Puno. The history of the local people (Uros) is particularly interesting. On the Uros Islands make sure that you take a boat ride on a puma heard reed boat.

Colca Canyon

This is a canyon of the River Colca in the Andes mountains range, southern Peru. It’s more than twice as deep as the Grand-Canyon, but the canyon’s walls are less steep. In addition to the amazing sights, the biggest tourist attractions here are the Andean condors. The Andean condors can be viewed at a very close range as they drift on the rising currents.

Paracas and Islas Ballestas

Paracas is very close to Huacachina and this is the place where one can find wildlife in Peru outside of the Amazon. Widely known as a poor man’s Galapagos or the Galapagos of Peru, Paracas is a perfect place to see exceptional marine animals in their territory.

Although this would be included as one of the best things to see and do in Peru, It’s highly recommended that you see wildlife elsewhere (Peruvian Amazon). One can see everything from turtles, sea lions, dolphins, penguins, Peruvian boobies, and a variety of other birds.

Nazca Lines

Nazca Lines are situated between the cities of Palpa and Nazca along the North Pacific Coast. Probably created between 200 BC and 700AD, there are hundreds of geometrical shapes, human figures and animals. The lines were established on such a large scale that it wasn’t until the late 1920s, when Peruvian flights started to operate from Lima to Arequipa, that they were accepted as figures. Hotels and tour guides in Nazca Lines offer round flights in a Cessna to view the lines. What’s more, there is an observation-tower along the Pan American highway with a view of 3 of the figures.

Exploring Peru is easier than ever before because of the Pan American Highway which connects many of its better known tourist attractions. This vast highway makes travelling Western side of South America easier and more practical than ever before.

Whether your interest tend towards mountains, beaches, art and archaeology, there is something for you in Peru.

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The 10 Best Things to See and Do in Argentina

With an abundance of exotic wildlife, jaw-dropping scenery, cities and colonial towns rife with vibrant culture and cuisine, it’s no wonder that Argentina is a very popular travel destination. Located in the southern region of the South American continent in a large, elongated shape, this country was inhabited by indigenous tribes before it was colonized by Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, Argentina is an independent republic boasting of varied landscapes from thick jungles to rich plains, majestic mountains, impressive glaciers and pastoral steppes.

Here is an overview of 10 best things to see and do in Argentina. 

1. Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, is one of the most exhilarating cities in the world. With outstanding art, fabulous foods, and fascinating neighborhoods with populations blazingly dedicated to having fun all night long, this city is a must see for every visitor that travels to Argentina. Wander for hours in the Reccoleta cemetery, where the city’s rich and famous are buried including Evita, or feast on steaks on some of the city’s best hotels and resorts. It is also an immensely enjoyable city to go shopping, watch soccer or just soak up the breathtaking atmosphere. Outside the city, the varied wildlife and the vastness of the land are the real tourist attractions that make up Argentina.

2. Iguazu Falls

There are waterfalls, and then there is Iguazu Falls! That’s right. Iguazu Falls is one the greatest tourist destinations in the world. It is situated on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Most visitors access the falls through Puerto Iguazu city, from the Argentine side. A train usually brings visitors to the Devil’s Throat (the falls entrance), which at 269 ft (82 meters) is the most impressive of the 276 falls that make up the magnificent Iguazu Falls. A visit to Iguazu Falls is a jaw-dropping, visceral experience, and the noise and power of the falls will live forever in your memory.

3. Tango Dance

Go ahead, give it a try. So what if it is one of the most sophisticated dances in the world. It is so sexy; you will be psyched up enough to make it through the entire Buenos Aires night. For an amazing outdoor experience, head over to the Barrancas de Belgrano bandstand in Buenos Aires, where the traditional milonga ‘La Glorieta’ happens on Sundays at around 8pm. In fact, if you are able to arrive a bit earlier, you will enjoy free tango lessons that are given by the masters of the dance.  

4. Whale-watching in Puerto Madryn

The city of Puerto Madryn is located on the shores of Gulfo Nuevo. The city is known to be the gateway to Peninsula Valdes – a prime whale-watching site. Starting from June all the way to December, whales populate the majestic waters of Puerto Madryn, attracting millions of visitors from all corners of the globe who come to watch them. In addition, those that head there in the months of September and October also get a chance of seeing the many forms of elephant seals that bask on the shoreline.

5. The Andes

When snow falls in Argentina, it is time to zoom down the Andes’ eastern slopes. Stretching nearly the entire length of the country western edge, the Andes are an amazing mountain range offering scenic lakes, great hiking, high deserts and South America’s highest peak, Cerro Aconcagua commonly known as the ‘roof of the Americas’. The Andes have some of the most established skiing spots in the world that are worth experiencing.

6. Wine

Exploring this beautiful country glass by glass will take you and your palate from the cabernets and malbecs of Mendoza to the crisp torrontes of Cafayate and San Juan’s succulent syrahs. The tiny town of Maipu, near Mendoza, is full of olive farms, wineries and other numerous gourmet businesses that it is easy to hit six to seven in a day. All offer most finish proceedings and tours with at least a little sampling of their produce. A few companies in Maipu rent electric scooters and bikes, making a day tour of the entire area a remarkable outing (of course, being mindful of drinking and riding).

7. Glaciar Perito Moreno

Among the most accessible and dynamic ice fields on Earth, Glaciar Perito Moreno is the most fascinating centerpiece of the southern region of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Locally known as Glaciar Moreno, it measures 5km wide, 60m high and 30km long, but what makes it even more exceptional is its continuous advance – up to 3m every day, causing building sized icebergs to pop from its surface. In some ways, seeing the glacier is a indeed a very sedentary experience, however it manages to be thrilling.

8. Ushuaia 

Formerly used by the Spanish as penal colony due to its isolated location, Ushuaia is one of the best places to visit in Argentina. Its remote beauty attracts many visitors both local and international who come to enjoy the numerous winter sports it offers. You will definitely get a chance to enjoy one of the most thrilling wildlife viewing experiences in the Southern American continent, upon visiting Ushuaia.

9. Patagonia

Only a few places on our planet are as beautiful and isolated as Patagonia, Argentina. In fact it is one of the best kept secrets of the world and Argentina. It is commonly referred to as the ‘southern most city in the world’ and is the gateway to the Antarctica. Here, you can spend countless hours driving, site seeing, and driving with running into other annoying activities. One can also enjoy numerous meadowlands and lakes that identify this area as one world’s most unique ecosystems. Due to its isolation, visitors are advised to pack for a picnic that includes some of the best Argentine sandwiches.

10. Nahuel Huapi National Park

The park offers sightseers and trekkers many areas of natural beauty that include an extinct volcano known as Tronador, amazing fauna and alpine meadows. Lake Nahuel, a sprawling glacial lake, stretching over 63 miles (100km) to the boarder of Chile, contains a nature reserve that can be reached by organized or private boat trips.

Round up the the best of this country – the fishing, the wine, the mountaineering, the tango, the literature, the skiing, the clubbing, the architecture, the foods – and you have the essentials of one of the most fascinating trips you will ever take.

 

The 10 Best Things to See and Do in Chile

Long and skinny is the only way you can describe the geography of Chile, a country spread along the west coast of the South American continent. Squeezed between the mighty Andes in the east and the Pacific in the west, Chile is sometimes referred to as the longest country in the world. Thanks to a very unusual geography, Chile harbours multiple climate zones with dry deserts sprawling in the north and, spectacular glaciers and fjords, that almost reach the doorsteps of Antarctica, in the south.

We have assorted a list of some of the most famous places to visit in Chile, that offer a completely unique experience found nowhere else in the world. Take a look!


1) Easter Islands – One of the most enigmatic and isolated places on Earth, the Easter Islands are famous for the 887 ancient monolithic statues (called moai in local language) found scattered all over the island. Archaeologists are yet to find out a conclusive reason about why and how were these giant statues erected and that mystery continues to attract visitors from all over the world. Apart from the 900 years old moai, the Easter Islands also offer other less publicized attractions such as the volcano crater Rano Kau and Orongo rock carvings. You can also enjoy surfing the sandy beaches lining the Easter Islands, and take part in some exciting deep sea diving in the Pacific.

2) The Atacama Desert – Second only to the Easter Islands in global popularity, lies the world’s highest and driest desert, the Atacama. Unique wildlife, rock formations and gorgeous valleys occupy the Atacama, that are bound to leave you speechless. Do not forget to visit the Valle de la Luna (or the Valley of Moon) and photograph the amazing sunset that fills the entire valley with intense hues of purple, pink and gold. You will also find several observatories throughout the Atacama, that make up for a perfect stargazing experience, thanks to the uninhibited and pollution-free night sky covering the desert.

3) The Torres del Paine National Park – Often featured in famous travel magazines and websites as one of the best places to visit in the world, the Torres del Paine is one of the most popular places to visit in Chile. Located in Patagonia, home of some extremely vivid temperate rainforests, the Torres del Paine is full of caves, glaciers, lakes and hills. The centre of attraction in the Torres del Paine are the three granite hill peaks that remain shrouded in blankets of glacial ice. When visiting the Torres del Paine, do a favour to yourself and instead of the usual sightseeing in a car, go camping for a week or hiking in the park!


4) Pablo Neruda’s La Chascona – Beloved Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was a known connoisseur of art and artefacts related to the sea. Each of his houses (in total, three) are a remarkable work of art and architecture, that offer not only an insight into the great poet’s life but also in the Chilean history of his times. La Chascona (loosely translated as messy hair) remains the most unique of the three houses of Pablo Neruda, which he had built to spend time with his mistress Matilde Urrutia. Used as a secret hideaway to meet his mistress, La Chascona’s architecture is heavily inspired by seas and as such, the dining room is modelled after a ship’s cabin while the living room like a light house. A visit to any of the three Neruda houses is a must for any lover of art and poetry and can be booked online or by calling the Fundacion Neruda office directly.

5) Skiing in the Andes – The Austrian and the Italian World Cup ski teams are known to train in Chile when there is summer in the northern hemisphere. The snowy mountains of Andes serve as the perfect playground for skiing, snow boarding and other winter related activities and sports. Not just common tourists but world class skiers throng to the mountains of Santiago during the winter season that lasts from June to September, mainly due to the powdery snow that is found scattered here in abundance. Once you are exhausted with the dry deserts and dense forests of Chile, head to the snow peaks for an exhilarating experience in the snow!


6) Valparaiso – Sitting at a distance of roughly 2-3 hours from Santiago is the city of Valparaiso. It used to be a colonial city, but has now evolved into a busy port located along the Pacific in central Chile. Valparaiso is known for its brightly coloured houses built along the winding lanes going up the mountain, that impart a distinct artsy look to the entire city. The cobbled streets of Valparaiso are lined with creative portraits and unusual graffiti, that are a unique reminder of the residing bohemian culture of the past and present citizens. You can also enjoy some time in the sun, if you go further along the coast towards the powdery white sandy beaches.


7) Cerro San Cristobal – A panoramic view of Santiago awaits you atop the cerros (hills) that surround the city. While climbing Cerro San Cristobal, you can not only see the mountains and hills close by, but also get to realize just how massive Santiago really is. At its summit, resides a 22 metres tall statue of the Virgin Mary and an accompanying church, that can be reached by a cable car or a long hike. Santiago’s largest public park, the Parque Metropolitano, also resides in the Cerro San Cristobal comprising a zoo, a botanical garden and two swimming pools at your service.


8) Villarrica Volcano – If in mood for a bit of daring and an adventure, the Villarrica Volcano is the place you would certainly like to visit in Chile. The Villarrica volcano is world’s most active volcano, and therefore, visiting it will not be devoid of any danger or thrill. Located at the edge of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, the Villarrica is available for tourists to gather a peek into the bubbling lava at its core. The volcano is also extremely popular with volcanologists, who keep a close track on its activity. The nearest town to the Villarrica is the popular tourist city of Pucon, from where you can buy a trip to the Villarrica.

9) The Wine Routes of Rapel and Elqui Valley – Chile is home to a lot of renowned vineyards. The Valle de Elqui and the Rapel Valley are the best places to visit that harbour some of the oldest and most excellent Chilean wineries. The Rapel Valley is located close to the Chilean capital, Santiago where you will find the oldest winery in Chile, the Concha Y Toro. Some of the best Carmenere wine in the world is produced in the Concha Y Tore. You can easily arrange for a tour of the vineyards, at the end of which you are welcome to taste samples from different varieties of grapes and producers. Also, do not forget to taste the local Chilean drink Pisco, made from grape vines grown in the hundred year old distilleries in Valle de Elqui!

10) The Glaciers of Patagonia – Patagonia is the reason Chile is known as the Switzerland of South America. Home to monumental glaciers and surrounding glacial lakes, Patagonia is nothing like any other Chilean city. You can only take a closer look at the glaciers by a boat or a plane, and if lucky, you can witness an iceberg calving to form another smaller iceberg in the icy water! However, even these Patagonian glaciers pale in comparison to the Tierra de Fuego, the southernmost city of Chile. From Tierra de Fuego, you can reach the stations on Antarctica and experience first-hand what it must be like to take up a polar expedition! If lucky, you can also encounter some of the polar wild animals such as the elephant seals, walruses, sea lions or penguins.

Spanish Immersion Schools

Here’s a list of 14 of the best Spanish immersion schools in the world!

spanish immersion schools in Spain
Escuela Carmen De Las Cuevas Spain

One of the best ways to learn Spanish is by visiting a Spanish immersion school in a Spanish speaking country.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Spanish immersion schools in the world!

What is a Spanish immersion school?

Spanish immersion schools typically provide one-on-one Spanish lessons for 4-5 hours per day and they usually also include a homestay component, so that you live with a local family and practise your Spanish even after classes have finished.

I myself stayed five weeks at an immersion school in a small town in Guatemala called San José back in 1996 and it accelerated my Spanish learning no end.

The courses at this school still only cost US$160 per week which includes 4 hours of class per day (20 hours per week) PLUS homestay with a local family!

It’s amazingly cheap and the town is right on a beautiful lake near Tikal. Because nobody in the town speaks much English then you get a great opportunity to practice your Spanish outside of schools hours.

The great thing about this school was that it also supported the local Mayan culture and was committed to looking after the local environment. It was called Bio Itza Spanish School.

Wherever you choose to stay, though, a Spanish immersion school is definitely one of the best ways to learn Spanish.

How to find a good Spanish Immersion School:

  • Try to choose one in an area that is off the tourist track. There are many schools in very touristy regions, but the problem with these is that there are so many tourists staying there that after class you’re more likely to speak in English rather than Spanish. Often the locals in these areas are a little more jaded as well, and see foreigners more as just a way to make money than as people to share their langauge and culture with.
  • Make sure you get one which offers private classes. Private classes are by far the best way to learn Spanish, as you can go at your own pace and ask as many questions as you like, and you also get more opportunity to practise than you do in a group class (and the more practice the better).
  • Definitely stay with a local family. This will improve your Spanish no end, as you’ll start thinking in Spanish all the time. When you start dreaming in Spanish, that’s when you know you’re really starting to absorb it!
  • Try to stay for 3-4 weeks at least. 3-4 weeks is really the amount of time you need to get a firm grasp on the language and have it really start to sink in. If you can stay for less time then that’s fine, but try to make sure that you do some Spanish before you go either with a local school or with a Skype teacher.
  • Go in the off season. Many students come down from the US to Latin America during the summer for a Spanish summer program. This is obviously not the best time to go, as schools will be full up and also there’ll be so many foreigners around that you’ll spend more time speaking English than Spanish.
  • Do as much work as you can before you go. The beauty of an immersion program is that you get to practise, but if you don’t know anything then you won’t be able to practise anything. Learning as much grammar and vocabulary as possible before you arrive will allow you to put it all into practice once you get there!
  • Don’t commit to more than a week to start with. If you don’t like the school, then you can always move on!
  • If you can, visit the school before signing up, especially if there is more than one school in the town you’re thinking of studying in. Not only will you get to see the school and meet the teachers, but you never know, you might even be able to get a better deal!

Where is the best place to do a Spanish Immersion Program?

My recommendation to do a Spanish immersion program, especially if you’re going for a few weeks or longer, would be Guatemala.

The courses in Guatemala are of a high standard and are incredibly cheap compared to every other country. With an average cost of less than US$200 per week for 20 hours of classes plus accommodation with a family, it’s hard to go wrong!

Not only that, but Guatemalans speak quite slowly compared to people in other countries, making it even easier to learn the language there!

14 of the best Spanish Immersion schools around the world:

Spanish immersion schools in Costa Rica

Spanish immersion schools in Costa Rica

CRLA – Costa Rican Language Academy is one of the most highly rated schools in Costa Rica.  The cost, at around US$500 per week including homestay, is one of the most expensive in Latin America. They do, however, offer some more specialised programs such as college credits and medical Spanish.

However, if you’re going to study in Costa Rica and pay three times as much as you’d pay at a similar school in Guatemala, you might as well make the most of what Costa Rica has to offer and stay at a school on the beach!

Spanish immersion schools in Costa Rica

School of the World offers surfing plus Spanish plus yoga lessons and a homestay for around US$750 per week. It has fantastic reviews across the web and offers more than just these activities. So if you’re up for an active adventure, then check this one out!

Spanish Immersion schools in Spain

Spanish immersion schools in Spain

Escuela Carmen de la Cuevas in Granada, Spain is possibly one of the most picturesque Spanish schools in the world! Not only that, but it comes very highly rated and is in a very beautiful area of Spain. Cost for classes is around US$200 per week and accommodation is extra depending on what type you choose.

Spanish immersion schools in Spain

Spanish and Surf Fuerteventura is another school which offers Spanish, surf and yoga lessons all in one. It’s in a beautiful coastal town of Spain in the Canary Islands, and a week of accommodation and Spanish classes costs around US$400.

Spanish Immersion Schools in Guatemala

Spanish immersion schools in Guatemala

Bio Itza School in the Peten region of Guatemala. A small school on a beautiful lake near the ruins of Tikal. Dedicated to helping the local community maintain the environment and the Mayan cultural traditions. US$160 per week includes 20 hours of private classes plus homestay with a local family.

Spanish immersion schools in Antigua Guatemala

Antigueña Spanish Academy located in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua is a beautiful place to learn Spanish. Learn in the lush gardens of the school which is located in an old colonial building. All their teachers are university educated and provide top-class Spanish tuition. Homestays can be arranged with local families. Contact them for current pricing.

Spanish immersion schools in lago atitlan Guatemala

Cooperative of Guatemala Spanish Teachers is located in the town of San Pedro located on the beautiful Lago de Atitlán (lake of Atitlán). This stunning lake is in the highlands of Guatemala and has three volcanoes surrounding it. This lake has been named one of the most beautiful in the world and surrounding it are avocado and coffee plantations as well as native forest. The school costs around US$200 per week for 20 hours of classes plus homestay with a local family, and is renowned as an excellent choice for studying Spanish in the region.

Spanish Immersion Schools in Peru

Spanish immersion schools in Lima Peru

Peruwayna Spanish school in the Peruvian capital of Lima has got many fantastic reviews across the internet.  They offer a 20 hour a week private intensive Spanish learning program including homestay for around US$300 per week. Lima being the capital has plenty of great things to do and especially great places to eat. Peruwayna not only offers classes but heaps of other great activities such as cooking and sporting activities.

spanish immersion schools in cusco peru

Amigos Spanish School in Cusco. If you’re going to Peru then chances are you’re going to Cusco to visit Machu Picchu. While you’re there, why not stop off in this beautiful town and learn some Spanish? High in the Andes mountains it’s one of the most spectacular areas of Peru. And Amigos Spanish school comes very highly rated! The cost is US$310 per week which includes 20 hours (in a group – not private) of Spanish classes and homestay. There are definitely cheaper places to learn Spanish, but Cusco is quite touristy and therefore a little pricey.

Spanish Immersion Schools in Mexico

Spanish immersion schools in guanajuato mexico

Adelita Language School is located in the beautiful Mexican colonial town of Guanajuato. This town was once a rich silver mining town, and the grandeur of the good old days can still be seen in the local architecture. These days it’s a very cultural town, housing a well known university and a festival once a year that brings people from all over the world. The cost of the classes here is quite high, though, at around US$300 for 20 hours per week, not including accommodation.

Spanish immersion schools in oaxaca mexico

Oaxaca International School is located in beautiful Oaxaca and offers high quality Spanish classes in a beautiful environment. The cost per week is around US$400 for 20 hours of classes plus homestay. They not only offer Spanish classes but cultural activities such as dance and cooking classes, and tours around the city and its surrounds. This school comes highly recommended across the web.

Spanish immersion schools in Colombia

spanish immersion schools in cartagena colombia

Spanish World Institute is located in the beautiful city of Cartagena, right on the Caribbean coast of Northern Colombia. This is a must see city if you’re visiting Colombia, and in fact many places along the Caribbean coast here are absolutely stunning. The cost of Spanish, however, is not the most economical, and will cost around US$750 per week for 20 hours of classes plus homestay accommodation. My recommendation: learn Spanish somewhere cheaper like Guatemala and come here for a holiday!

Spanish Immersion schools in Argentina

spanish immersion schools in argentina

Expanish Spanish school in Buenos Aires is one of the most well known schools in Argentina. Argentina is a beautiful country to visit, but at US$850 per week which includes 20 hours of Spanish plus accommodation, it’s definitely not the most economical place to learn Spanish. Add to that the fact that the Argentinians have developed their own slightly different form of the Spanish language, and it’s probably not the best place to study! Go there for the tango lessons instead!

Spanish Immersion schools in Chile

spanish immersion schools in chile

Ecela Spanish school in Santiago is one of the best places to learn Spanish in Chile. Like Argentina, though, Chile can be expensive, and you should expect to pay around US$800 per week for 20 hours of classes plus accommodation. The Chileans also have a slightly different version of Spanish, and many Chilean words cannot be understood in other countries!