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1. Posted by ramblin11 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Going to South America from approximately June 1 - August 15. Must meet friend in Buenos Aires the middle of July. For the first 4-6 weeks, I want to be in one place in some sort of intensive Spanish course. I was considering Venezuela or Colombia for that time, then taking a bus all the way down to BA to meet up with my friend - but I am really open to anywhere in South America.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to where the best place would be take a course and also have good activities to do for the first part of my trip? Is it feasible to travel from Bogota or Caracas by bus to BA in a short period, or would this just be too tiring?

Thanks in advance for any help!

2. Posted by Steve-Kay (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Hi,

My wife and I studied in Mendoza, Argentina and that was very good with plenty to do when we were not studying - wine tours etc.!!

There are also similar schools in Bariloche and Buenos Aires. It cost us around $15 per hour for 1-2-1 lessons - think it would have been about half that if we had had group lessons. The groups are normally 4-6 people I think.

If you want to study before going to Argentina other travellers that we have met have recommended Quito, Ecuador; Cusco, Peru and Sucre, Bolivia - it will probably be much cheaper in all of these countries than in Argentina. I have not visited any of these places yet so donĀ“t have any first hand experience but there would be plenty to do in each of these places as well as studying. Many language schools will arrange homestays (staying with a family) as well which is great to help your learning. It might work out more expensive than finding your own one when you arrive though.

Caracas or Bogota to BA is a massive distance - sure you would be talking days, not hours if such a bus exists. You would surely have to change several times. If you are short of time and cannot break the journey up over a number of weeks, maybe you should get a flight.

Hope this helps a little

Good luck

3. Posted by adriennef (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hola

Suggest LiveMocha.com
My Spanish teacher loves the website & suggested we try it. Lotsa fun! Check it out.
Adriana

4. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 8y

Caracas and Bogota are over 5000km away and the theres obsticles like Rivers/Mountains and jungle in the way...you could head southwards, cut through Bolivia and down into Arg but it would take a number of stopovers...

If you are in a rush, take a flight...use skyscanner.net to find the cheapest

5. Posted by Gringa85 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Probably too late for this now but Guatemala has some of the best and cheapest Spanish schools around. People I now have raved about them and other travellers online seem to have similar views. :) Try 123teachme.com

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