I am living in Argentina per four months. I love Argentina. I was studing Spanish in a Spanish School in Bariloche in Patagonia School, the school is excellent but I love my Homestay I had friendly family who gave me an inisght into their culture and made me feel like I was part of Argentinian society. Homestay is great and really cheap! If you travel to Argentina contact the school for Homestay. Before, I went to Chile, people is not nice but South of Chile is beautiful. Now I am in Uruguay, small country with nice people but three weeks is enough. I think I will back to Argentina next week because Buenos Aires is a wonderful Capital City and Bariloche is like Aspen in Usa. Salta is a special city, too. Cordoba and Bariloche are the best provinces for the summer. In south America just a little people speak English, you need know Spanish, study at the Spanish School or study before travel. I want to travel to Brasil but all people says "Brasil is dangerous" Is it true? What do you know about Rio de Janeiro?
You should try your spanish here...
Sounds like you had a nice time in Argentina
Rio is a dangerous city, but there's no reason why you shouldn't be fine there if you are cautious. It's a good idea not to carry much money on you when you go out on the street there. No flashy watches, cameras, ipods. Bring just enough money for the day. The hostel owners in Rio will tell you this too.
I would recommend staying in Mellow Yellow. it's a great hostel and it's in a reasonably safe area of the city close to Copacobana and Ipanema beaches. The hostel organizes group tours and activities, so you never really have to go out alone if you don't want to.
Rio is an absolutely spectacular city, probably the coolest city I have ever been in. I had an AMAZING time for the two weeks I was there and I met some great people. I was never alone.
If you go, make sure and take the tram up to Santa Theresa one day - it's where all the artists and musicians live. It's so nice to just wander around up there and visit the art galleries. Also, I highly recommend doing a favella tour. It's a little voyeuristic maybe but a real eye-opener and one of the best tours I did on my travels. Also, check out the markets in Rio (cant remember the name of the district) but they are well known. You can spend hours just wandering around all the stalls. Finally, if you can go to a Lapa street party, I;d really recommend that too. Sheer hedonism!
Anyway, I hope that helps your decision a bit. Rio is dangerous but if you are careful there is no reason not to go and have a great time!
Mi españo es muy bueno. En poco tiempo aprendí mucho español y hablo muy bien con gente de Argentina. Soy muy felíz en Sud America. Mi escuela de español me propuso ser profesor de Aleman. Poco tiempo en Argentina y tengo un trabajo, ellos tienen muchos estudiantes forasteros mas de 20 por semana y Argentinos que desear aprender otros idiomas y necesitan profesor. Estoy contento. Bariloche es muy hermoso. Me gusta el asado, carne Argentina es excelente. Me gustan las empanadas. ¿Conoces Bariloche? ¿Que te parece mi Español?
Thanks Samsara2 I will contact Mellow Yellow Hostel. Your information is very important for me [b]. I will be in Rio next month. Do you know Florianopolis?