The Top 5 Cities for Learning Spanish in South America

South America is an excellent place to learn Spanish, whether you want it for work or holidays, or simply because you love the language. You can soak up the culture of some of the world’s most exciting cities as you learn, and may even be able to combine your learning with other activities such as voluntary work. Here are five of the best South American destinations for students of Spanish.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a buzzing cosmopolitan city with something for everyone, from historic districts and traditional Spanish architecture, to the modern part of the city with its grand boulevards and smart shops. Buenos Aires is at its most flamboyant at night time, with trendy clubs, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. There are many language schools to choose from, offering group or individual tuition, with the possibility of combining your studies with volunteer work or learning music and dance.

Santiago, Chile



Santiago has a spectacular setting, surrounded by tall mountains. Within the city, enjoy museums, art and parks, as well as a wide choice of gourmet eating. There are also opportunities for trekking in the nearby Andean mountains, or visiting local vineyards. You can choose a language school to meet your particular needs. This might include staying with a local family, or combining study with work experience or volunteering.

Lima, Peru

With its combination of fine modern and colonial buildings, Lima is an excellent destination for anyone who is interested in history or architecture. The city also offers museums, beaches, shopping, nightclubs and fine dining. The many language schools provide a range of choices, including immersion courses, where you live with a family. It is also possible to undertake voluntary work or to combine your studies with surfing or other activities.

Quito, Ecuador



Quito has a spectacular setting in the Andes. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a wealth of colonial architecture and old, narrow streets. Enjoy traditional local music while visiting the cafés, restaurants and bars in the modern part of the city. Students can learn Spanish at one of the many language schools in the city, or take advantage of classes on location in the Amazon jungle. You may also be able to combine your learning with cookery or tropical dancing tuition.

Bogota, Columbia

Bogota is becoming more popular with tourists, but remains unspoilt. Wander around the historic areas, with their traditional buildings, narrow streets and local markets, and visit the many churches and museums. The city also has many parks and a lively nightlife. Spanish tuition is available for all levels of ability, and you can enhance your learning by lodging with a local family. The language schools also offer excursions and activities such as music and dance.

So with all these Spanish language options waiting to be discovered, it’s probably time to get booking the South American holiday. 

This article was brought to you by South America and holidays to Argentina specialists Journey Latin America

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