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Studying Spanish is the perfect excuse for a prolonged stay in Quito. There are more than 80 Spanish schools in Quito, with classes for all levels. Courses can last anywhere from a couple of days to months or more. Most schools offer one-on-one instruction and can arrange accommodations with local families. Make sure you get what you want by visiting several schools before deciding. Rates for private lessons vary between $6 and $9 per hour. Some charge an inscription fee (usually around $20).

Beraca (290 6642; beraca@interactive.net.ec; Av Amazonas 1114) Cheap and well-liked.

Bipo & Toni’s (255 6614, 256 3309; www.bipo.net; J Carrión E8-183 at Leonidas Plaza Gutiérrez)

Ecole Idiomas (223 1592; info@ecoletravel-ecuador.com; www.ecoletravel-ecuador.com; www.ecoleidiomas.com; L García E6-15 near JL Mera) Volunteer projects available.

Guayasamín Spanish School (254 4210; www.guayasaminschool.com; J Calama E8-54 near 6 de Diciembre) Ecuadorian owned; lots of reader recommendations.

San Francisco Language Institute (256 4612/098 299 751; www.sanfranciscospanish.com; Inglaterra N32-104 & Nueva Orleans) Pricey ($9 per hr, plus $50 inscription fee) but gets high recommendations.

Vida Verde (222 6635, 256 3110; www.vidaverde.com; Leonidas Plaza Gutiérrez n23-100 near Wilson)

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