Four weeks of Spanish lessons - Recommendations
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 6:23 PM Last Post By: tungurahua
Mar 10, 2013 11:44 AM
Four weeks of Spanish lessons - RecommendationsHi! This is my first post here, having lurked for a while and finding that posters here take care to make very personalized recommendations.
I just returned from a trip to Nicaragua, and came back appalled that I haven't learned Spanish (I dabbled in Russian instead). I am going to start Rosetta Stone immediately, but in May or June, I'd like to go to South America (I am open to Central, but not as much) to take four weeks of lessons in-country. I am having a hard time finding the right town/city for me, however.
I am a 25 year old, female, extremely white, blonde, vegan, freelance designer. I live in Brooklyn. I'm looking for a safe town/small city where there aren't too many gringos (especially of the college age or hippie type), where the temperature is 70-80 degrees and dry(ish), and where the Spanish spoken is good for a beginner like me. I'd love to be near a body of water, be it a lake or an ocean, but if not, that's okay, too.
In Nicaragua, I loved Isla de Ometepe. I'd love to find somewhere with a similar atmosphere, but with a slightly more developed feel to it. On other forums or in other posts, I see people recommending countries as a whole, which isn't super helpful -- specific towns/cities that are known to be safe, interesting and have a good Spanish school would be the most helpful. Again, I'll really consider anywhere (although Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia seemed most likely). I look forward to reading what you recommend! Thanks!
Mar 10, 2013 6:07 PM
Mar 11, 2013 4:43 PM
Mar 11, 2013 7:51 PM
3Ecuador doesn't really have a great coastal location for study, yes you can find teachers in Canoa and Montanita (both beach towns), but both locations are difficult for proper immersion cause they're tourist beach towns with lots of travelers.
I personally like Otavalo, which is a mid-size mountain town north of Quito. There's a few traveler schools there. It might not have the climate you're looking for though, as it has a climate of a mountain city, but unlike bigger locations it's totally safe at night, and has interesting native culture and surrounding communities.
In Ecuador you're basically looking at 4 locations for spanish study, Quito, Otavalo, Cuenca and Baños. You can find teachers in a few other spots too, but those are the main ones. I've studied in all 4, but prefer Otavalo cause of the size and hiking outside of it. The spanish is clear and precise in Ecuador.
Mar 11, 2013 8:28 PM
4I think Cuenca is the best bet in Ecuador - others are all more touristy and worse for immersion, which I think is a key thing. It's one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America and has a very relaxed feel. Other possibilities in South America would be Sucre in Bolivia (I took a few private lessons here as it was Christmas/new year and school were closed) or in Colombia I here that Medellin is good, and Popayan may be another possibility.
Mar 14, 2013 1:30 PM
5Thanks for the recommendations so far, wow!
Do you have any recommendations for Peru?
Bolivia seems amazing. I am concerned about climate in late April, that it may be too rainy, and the transportation between cities seems much worse than in Peru, although it seems extremely affordable. I like Sucre (definitely Sucre Spanish School) and Cochabamba. Any comments on this?
Mar 14, 2013 7:03 PM
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