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Top 5 Best Countries to Learn Spanish in South America

Friday, February 24, 2017 12:52

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Interested in learning Spanish as a second language in South America? Dreaming of a career in international business? Fallen in love with a native Spanish speaker? These are just a few reasons why one may want to take on the task of becoming bilingual in Spanish. As the world’s second most spoken language, it is clear how essential it has become to learn Spanish, and what better way to learn than to immerse yourself in a South America! Full of history, breathtaking landscapes, and rich culture, here are our top 5 best countries to learn Spanish in South America.

  1. Chile

Chile is quite impressive with its widely contrasting landscapes. From the wilderness to the Andes to the rivers of Patagonia, Chile is just as enchanting as any fairytale story from your childhood. The biggest difference in the Spanish spoken in Chile is that it is heavily influenced by the dialect spoken in southern Spain. Pronunciation varies significantly from its South American neighbors as well as the use of the formal Usted. The Spanish you will learn in Chile will be much different from the Spanish you will learn in Argentina or in Colombia, which could be something worth considering if you plan to travel throughout South America. Chileans are also notorious for their fast paced Spanish speaking abilities. Be prepared to give yourself sometime to learn to keep up with the conversation. Luckily, Chileans are rather patient and always encouraging of those trying to learn Chilean Spanish.

The metropolis of Santiago is top choice for a collection of different Spanish learning programs. With several chains and additional independent programs, there is a wide array of options for travelers looking to learn Spanish in Chile. Regardless of which route you decide to take, you will undoubtedly learn the unique Chilean slang no university elsewhere can teach you. Better yet, you will be able to practice it all throughout your Chilean travels.

 

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  1. Ecuador

Ecuador is an excellent place to learn Spanish while enjoying South American culture. Ecuador moves on a much slower pace creating a very laidback atmosphere in which people from all over the world can seamlessly coexist. Ecuador also boasts diverse sce
nery, including the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos islands. The cost of living is quite low so be sure to take advantage of all the natural beauty Ecuador has to offer.

The capital city of Quito is home to a variety of schools in which you can learn Spanish. In contrast to Chile, the Spanish is spoken at a much slower pace and the accent can be easily imitated. However, there are very few Ecuadorians in Quito who speak English, so be aware that you will need to rely on your Spanish speaking abilities to maneuver throughout the city. For more of a coastal Caribbean feel, Guayaquil serves as the country’s seaport and remains an essential piece of the true identity of Ecuador. Plentiful in seafood and tropical music, Ecuador is a great place to learn Spanish in South America.

 

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  1.  Peru

Peru is an exquisite country luxuriant in mystifying history as well as some of the most recognizable travel destinations in the world. With the highly sought after Machu Picchu and Peruvian amazon, Peru grants it’s international travelers the experience of a lifetime. Also known for its simplicity, the Spanish spoken in Peru renders deep pronunciation and a fluidity of style that is easily recognizable. Additionally, Peru’s friendly population will allow you to practice your Spanish with the locals.

Cusco is by far the most favored location to learn SpanishinPeru. The attraction of Machu Picchu alone is enough to entice those looking to learn Spanish in South America. However, as a result of the booming tourism industry, you will find many locals will quickly turn to English when providing directions or offering a recommendation. While there are other popular destinations in Peru, such as Lima and Arequipa, they currently do not have the capacity to provide travelers the same opportunities to learn Spanish as does Cusco. Choosing the best city for you in Peru is ultimately a matter of personal preference. Whichever you maychoose you will find Peru to be abundant in natural beauty,fine cuisine, and good people.

 

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  1. Colombia

While Colombia embodies a variety of different customs, from food to music to overall landscape, one thing that remains constant is the clarity of the Spanish spoken throughout. Colombia is ideal for a per
son who has never spoken a word of Spanish in their lifetime as the native people speak rather slowly and quite clearly. The lack of a strong accent makes it easier for those who are at the very basic level of learning Spanish. If you choose to study Spanish in Colombia, you will undoubtedly experience the Spanish language in one of its most pure forms.

The two best places to learn Spanish in Colombia are MedellĂ­n and Cartagena. MedellĂ­n is a great city within Colombia that cultivates a cosmopolitan feel and just so happens to be located in the heart of the nation’s coffee district. With mild temperatures and an abundance of city sights, MedellĂ­n has come a long way from the notorious days of Pablo Escobar. Cartagena is a great option for those seeking a tropical climate. The port city is infamous for high temperatures and even higher humidity. With cobblestone streets and c
olorful colonial buildings, Cartagena is a popular choice for those looking to learn Spanish during the week and retreat to the white sand beaches on the weekend. Clearly, Colombia has more to offer its international visitors than just the foundation needed for speaking Spanish.

 

 

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  1. Argentina

Argentina is our number one best place to learn Spanish in South America. With the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires, vast rural countryside, and glacier-filled Patagonia, Argentina truly inhabits the best of all worlds.  As a country rich in history and culture, Argentina constantly draws forth the attention of a vibrant international crowd. From Brazil to Europe to the USA, Argentina has established itself as a haven for expats from all over the w
orld. Naturally, most expats reside in Buenos Aires, a city with limitless activities and a never-ending nightlife. The city’s diverse atmosphere is evident in the various different barrios throughout the city, such as bohemian-centric San Telmo and the lively streets of Palermo Soho. Whether you are seeking to dance tango in Plaza Dorrego, attend a futbol game in the famous Bombonera, or enjoy some of the world’s best meat in a traditional parrilla, Buenos Aires certainly has something to offer to all.

In addition to its energetic culture and animated scenery, Buenos Aires provides the most unique learning experience to those pursuing the art of speaking Spanish. The Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires, castellano, is arguably the most beautiful dialect of the Spanish language. With the help of yours truly, Expanish, you will be speaking like a native Argentine in no time! Here at Expanish we offer high quality Spanish educational programs including weekly courses, study abroad, and volunteer placements in Argentina. We strive to combine education with cultural immersion to provide the best possible experience to each and every person who steps foot through our doors. We are proud to be known as one of the best Spanish schools in all of Latin America and Spain, with notable accreditations and awards from various organizations around the world. Expanish is a leader in immersion programs and a provider of top quality services to hundreds of students every year. If you would like more information about our school, please do not hesitate to contact us through our website at www.expanish.com


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Learning Spanish over Christmas in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 8:08

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If you came in Buenos Aires learning Spanish and that this is your first time spending Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, the first thing that will stands out is the heat. It’s summertime in Argentina and the days are getting hotter and hotter, so say goodbye to your christmas sweaters, blankets and hot cocoa by the fire. You will definitely want to opt for your swimsuit and pool time after having walked throughout the city.

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The guide to spend a traditional Christmas in Argentina while learning Spanish :

Before Christmas :

You will start hearing some Christmas vocabulary as people in the street, stores or even in spanish class start talking about all the preparation and plans. Being around Buenos Aires at this time of the year when learning spanish really allows you to immerge in the culture and tradition of the country as well as improving a specific vocabulary about Christmas season and celebrations. Before the D-Day people usually celebrate Christmas with friends and coworkers. For example, here at Expanish we organize a Christmas party and as there are a lot of different nationalities, it is a good way to learn about other Christmas traditions while practicing your spanish.  

24th of December :

On the 24th people gather with their family. At Expanish, a lot of our students take the opportunity to practice their Spanish by choosing a homestay. This allow our students to spend Christmas with a local family and get a traditional experience of a typical Argentine Christmas. Usually everyone brings something to eat. As it is summer, it is more common to eat an asado and cold dishes, rather than the hot dishes and Christmas hams you may be used to. When midnight rolls around everyone will have toast, drink cider, eat pan dulce and commence opening gifts! Christmas celebrations usually end around 2AM but it wouldn’t be a proper Buenos Aires party without the younger generations heading to the “boliches (clubs) to dance until the sunrise. Argentines truly like to party!

25th of December :

On the 25th most Argentines gather again in the afternoon (everyone needs a good sleep especially the ones that went clubbing) and eat either the leftovers from the night before or have an asado. Be aware that most public transports will not run on Christmas day, so my advice would be to plan in advance. If you choose to live in a homestay, this will allow you to meet even more people and practice your presentation skills in Spanish, by the end of the Christmas celebration you should be an expert and feel more confident talking in Spanish.

New Year’s Eve :

While in other countries it may typically be a night out on the town with friends to ring in the new year, New Year’s Eve in Argentina is a very family centered holiday. Argentines gather with their family once again to have an asado and drink Malbec. It’s always best to have a friend or family member that has a rooftop host the New Year’s Eve party so that you can enjoy the fireworks at midnight, so don’t hesitate to ask around to your local friend if they have a “terraza”. Again, it wouldn’t be a true party without the younger generation heading off to the boliches with their friends after midnight while the older crowd heads out to parties with their friends and family.

Activities and places to go to during Christmas in Buenos Aires as a foreigner learning Spanish :

  • Play the lottery and maybe treat yourself to a big money prize. Every year, Argentina organizes a Christmas Lottery called “Gordo de Navidad” where you could win this year 15.000.000 pesos!!!
  • For Christmas dinner : La Dorita in Palermo (Humboldt 1892) is a “parilla” restaurant with one of the most complete menu and famous for it’s high quality. It offers a great variety of meat such as a 400g piece of “Bife de lomo” (Beef tenderloin).
  • Christmas party : Kika Club in Palermo (Honduras 5339) is one of the most famous boliches in the city, there is no doubt you will have a good time there and maybe meet some new Porteño friends as this is a very popular social spot! This could be a good opportunity to learn slang called “lunfardo” which is used a lot by the young generation.
  • New Year’s dinner : If you want celebrate the New Year in style, Casa Cruz in Palermo Viejo (Uriarte 1658) is the place for you. For more than 10 years, Casa Cruz has offered a wide variety of meat cuts and sides dishes as well as a very wide choice of wines, in an upscale yet cozy atmosphere. Another option could be to catch Tango Shows, many of which offer special dinner and show packages.
  • New Year’ Eve party: Club Shampoo, located in the heart of Recoleta and one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive nightclubs is a great place to ring in the New Year. If nightclubs are not your thing, you can head to Palermo Hollywood where the streets are filled with local block parties with djs and bands playing music, Porteños hosting asados and people enjoying the warm summer night to dance all night long until sunrise.

Expanish wishes you a “Feliz Navidad y Año Nuevo” !

 

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Summer in Buenos Aires: 3 parks you can’t miss

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:54

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Summer in Buenos Aires is a time to spend outdoors and enjoy the open air. Yes, a lot of the city consists of busy streets full of cars, buses and people in a rush but it is also full of parks, plazas and green spaces so there are plenty of places for you spend some time relaxing in the sun or taking shelter in the shade when it all gets too much! In fact, there are so many beatiful parks, it is hard to narrow it down to a short list but here goes:

1. Bosques de Palermo / Parques 3 de Febrero

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This is the largest park in Buenos Aires and arguably the most beautiful. In fact it is so big, it is more like a collection of parks and so there are so many different things you can do here. In the middle of the park, is the Rosedal (or Rose Garden) which in summer is absolutely beautiful and apparently has over 15,000 rose bushes. It is like a peaceful oasis away from the traffic and noise of the city. Also, every weekend in January and February, the Rosedal transforms into an open air autocine where you can enjoy a film in the open air and it is absolutely free. You can also arrive on foot so don´t worry about not having a car! At the side of the Rosedal, is a lake where you can hire a pedalo and a running track loops the whole way around the lake and the rose garden. This is always full of joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers and skateboarders. Any way of keeping fit outdoors, you can find it here. El Parque 3 de Febrero also includes the Japonese Garden, the Planetario Galileo Galiliei and the Museo de Artes Plásticas “Eduardo Sivori”.

2. Plaza Francia

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Plaza Francia is a really popular place to spend an afternoon reading or drinking mate with friends. It has a very social feel, there are many people selling food and drinks and there is always something going on. At the weekend, there is a large feria which can sometimes feel a little touristy but it is certainly worth a look around. The plaza is close to the Centro Cultural de Recoleta and also to the famous Recoleta cemetery so there are plenty of other places to visit when you are nearby. Also close to Plaza Francia, (across the street next to the large university law building) and to the side is another park with the Flor de Metal. The flower is special because it is open during the day and it closes when the sun goes down. The reflection of the water during the day and the lights by night make it a beatiful sight any time of the day.

3. Parque Centenario

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Parque Centenario has just reopened its gates after refurbishment and now boasts 24 hour security, more lighting more trees and an altogether cleaner park. This park is also huge and here, you can also find an ampitheatre with a capacity of over 2000 people which often holds cultural events so it is worth checking online for a list of events. There are new and improved playgrounds for the kids, a skateboard and bike track, aerobics and fitness programmes for pensioners. There really is something for all ages. If you are not looking for something active, there is a lake in the park which is full of ducks and large fish (not to mention the hundreds of dogs that are taken for a walk here!) and they have just laid new grass and planted flowers and trees so this summer might be the perfect time to enjoy them.

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Summer Holidays in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 12:22

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The summer months of December to March in Buenos Aires are a perfect time to come and study Spanish with us at Expanish. Because the weather is hot and humid, many Porteños choose to leave the city to spend some time at the coast but this is also a peak time for tourists visiting the city. 

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the summer here as Buenos Aires is a city full of green areas and open spaces. The parks of Palermo are great for relaxing on a sunny afternoon with friends. If the heat gets too much, the botanic gardens on Avenida Santa Fe are beautiful and feel really fresh as there are plenty of trees to provide that much needed shade. The “JardĂ­n JaponĂ©s” (Japanese Garden) is another green oasis in the middle of the city, also located in Palermo. Nearer to microcentro, we have the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve situated in Puerto Madero which is also a beautiful place to visit, perhaps you can hire a bike outside the main entrance and go and explore.
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There are many craft markets such as the ones in San Telmo and Plaza Francia where you can buy hand made artisan goods or just have a look around. At the weekend, Plaza Serrano is also full of craft stalls in the centre and the bars that surround the plaza turn into marketplaces selling clothes, shoes and accesories for the afternoon.
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By night, the bars return to normal and the long warm summer nights are really great for enjoying a drink outside anywhere in the city.Buenos Aires is famous for its nightlife so there are plenty of bars all over the city to keep you entertained.  Fernet is a very popular drink here in Argentina, mainly mixed with coke and ice – perfect for the warm evenings but not to everyone’s taste!
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Other options to help survive the heat are swimming pools and beaches. There are a few options for finding a pool but the biggest pool complex by far is located in Parque Norte (next to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) . Of course Buenos Aires does not have a beach as such but it does have Buenos Aires Playas, artificial beaches located in Plaza de Los Niños (Norte) and Parque Roca (Sur). You can find more information on the BA Government website http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/noticias/se-viene-buenos-aires-playa.
A day trip to Tigre or Colonia (Uruguay) gives you the option to escape the city and spend a few tranquil hours away from the hustle and bustle. We also offer many excursions here from the school so come and talk to us if you need any help planning your summer activities.
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Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires in the summer is definitely an unforgettable experience. Do not hesitate in contacting us if you are interested in studying at Expanish!

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New Year in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 12:09

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Much like Christmas, New Year is also a time for Porteños to spend with the family. Most families will get together at home so that they can enjoy plenty to eat and drink together. A traditional asado is very popular but at this time of year it can sometimes be far too hot and people may prefer to eat cold food such as salads and cold meats. Ensalada Rusa and vitel toné are very popular choices here in Argentina. When all of the family has arrived, it is time to enjoy the food and of course plenty to drink!

At midnight everyone celebrates the arrival of the New Year with a toast and the party continues into the early hours with music and dancing.

Some of the younger family members will leave the party to meet with friends at a club to continue the party. Most clubs open around 2am or 3am so it’s best to make other plans for the stroke of midnight. www.vuenosairez.com is a good place to start with all of the club listings to help you find an event to your taste.

Another option would be to make a booking at a restaurant, many of the cities restaurants will have special fixed menus for New Year but this can be expensive. Many hotels will also have this option on offer.

Puerto Madero is a good option with many restaurants and it is a perfect location to see the firework display on the river at midnight. There is usually a firework display at the Planetario in Palermo but you might want to check in advance as there are closures for refurbishment in January.

You could of course visit one of the city’s famous Tango houses which will be offering a dance show and fixed dinner menus for New Year’s Eve.

Public transport and taxis in the city on the will be very limited between 9pm and 3am so you should make alternative plans to ensure you don’t have to rely on public transport to get home – you may be left stranded!

New Year’s Day is very similar to 25 December in that it is a quieter day for relaxing and again meeting up with family to eat together in the afternoon. After another asado or maybe some left overs from the night before the family may enjoy some mate in the garden (If you haven’t yet tried the traditional Argentine drink known as mate, we have regular tasting sessions at the school where we can tell you all about the preparation etc. Ask at reception for more information). If anyone in the family has a pool at home, this is also a popular option for relaxing and staying cool.

However you choose to spend the 31st, we wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2016!

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Add-On Activities: What else can I do in Buenos Aires?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 9:28

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Take a look at some of the activities we offer to complete your immersion experience in Buenos Aires!

  • Group Tango Class (US$15): A group tango class at a local dance studio.
  • Individual Tango Class (US$60): An individual tango class at a local dance studio.

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  • Estancia Day (US$140): A trip to a local ranch to ride horses and eat a barbecue.

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  • Wine Tasting (US$55): A wine tasting event featuring argentine wine varities.

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  • Group Salsa Class (US$15): A group salsa class at a local dance studio.
  • Argentine Cooking Class (US$100): A cooking class to make typical argentine dishes.

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  • Photography Workshop (US$30): A photography class while exploring a neighbourhood.
  • Bike Tour (US$35): A bike tour of one neighbourhood of the city.

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  • FĂştbol Game (US$10): Play in a fĂştbol game with bot argentines and foreigners.

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  • Tango Show (US$110): A traditional tango show with wine and dinner.

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  • Graffiti Tour (US$30): A walking tour featuring the graffiti art of Buenos Aires.

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10 things to do in Buenos Aires while studying Spanish

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:11

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There is an endless list of things to do in Buenos Aires, you definitely will not get bored, it is a city that never sleeps-it is said to be the Paris of South America. Buenos Aires is packed with fun filled activities that enables you to emerge yourself into our rich culture and experience life as a true Porteño. Here is a list of fun filled activities you can occupy yourself with.

The markets (las ferias)

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With no doubt, depending where you are in Buenos Aires there will be a market in a plaza! But these aren’t just any normal markets, these market stalls take up the hole plaza and streets, are filled with vibrant music, Argentinian food and of course an endless selection of gifts! There are various types of markets, from the typical authentic markets in San Telmo and Recoleta to the Buenos Aires Market (organic food market) to the many cultural markets/festivals held throughout the year, your sundays will constantly be filled up by our ferias!

Wine and Dine

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Argentina is known for having the best meat in the world and also for having pretty good wine from our famous Mendoza region. So as you can imagine we have some of the best restaurants that will highly likely be the best meat you ever try in your life. And that’s no understatement there! Meat in Argentina is never far from you, from restaurants to street food-you can’t go wrong! However to make sure you have the best meat experience, it is highly recommended that you go to a restaurant that is recommended by Argentinians and has a great reputation. A tip that will get you far, if you ever see a restaurant with a large line in Buenos Aires, that means it’s really good and cheap! Just to mention a few highly recommendable restaurants, Las Cabras, Don Julio, La Cabrera and the list goes on! If you’re not drooling by now, you definitely will be amongst your arrival!

Tango Shows

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This is definitely an unmissable event that you must see when in Buenos Aires! Tango is our cultural staple that both defines and is defined by our beautiful country. The tango shows are a great way to immerse yourself into the Argentinian culture, eat some great meat and of course enjoy our beautiful, traditional and romantic dance. There is an endless list of places you can enjoy Tango shows. A word of advice, before choosing a tango show, have a quick check on google for a tango guide that will reveal the best Tango shows in Buenos Aires.

Gaucho Day

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Buenos Aires can get pretty busy being a big city that it is and a gaucho day is the perfect way to soak up the tranquility and beauty of the Argentine country life and also learn about the gaucho culture and history. Gauchos (cowboys) are the most iconic figures in the Argentinian culture that have been around for more than three centuries. Argentina is home to many estancias (ranches) that are just a short drive from Buenos Aires. A trip to our estancias is a must, just like the tango it is part of our culture, this authentic experience will definitely be unforgettable!

Mate in the park

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Those lazy sundays usually consist of drinking mate in the park with friends! Drinking mate is a popular everyday social drink in Argentina.  ALL (well most) Argentines drink mate, popular places you see Argentinians drinking mate are in the park, at work, the beach, at home whilst listening to music, talking to family and friends, getting some sun, reading a book and the list goes on! At first trying mate may be a strange experience for some but after a couple of mate sessions you will likely fall in love with mate and the social context of drinking mate with friends. Not to mention mate has numerous health benefits, is a natural product and is a caffeine packed beverage-meaning it’s a great source in energizing and waking you up!

Museums

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Museums are always are very important aspect of traveling, you get to learn about the culture and art of the country however let’s face at times museums can be a tad boring however this is definitely not the case in Argentina. Argentina has some pretty amazing museums! The museums are full of rich history and thriving arts scenes that showcases the heritage of Argentina, historical figures and the strong love and passion Argentina has for arts. Many of our museums are locally situated, being in Palermo, San Telmo, Puerto Madero and other easily accessible suburbs.  Popular museums that are highly recommended and visited are MALBA (history and temporary exhibitions of 20th century, Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, Evita museum and the list goes on!

Nightlife in Palermo and San Telmo

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If you are a party animal or just enjoy having a glass of wine in a chilled environment well Bueno Aires is perfect for you! Buenos Aires by far has some of the best bars and nightclubs to offer! They say New York never sleeps, this also applies to Buenos Aires! The nightlife plays an important key role in the lives of porteños, but be mindful nightlife here starts at 2:00am and ends around 7-8am or later, this city was designed for the nights owls! But first you must make sure you have the previa (pre-drinks) at a friends house and then you will be ready for the long, adventurous night ahead! You will find all types of nights clubs, from reggaeton, electronic, dance and many other types of music-you definitely won’t go wrong!

Day in Tigre (Delta del Río Paraná)

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This beautiful town only an hour from Buenos Aires is a great place to visit during your stay. Tigre has a lot to offer, it has the river, many activities available you can take advantage of such as kayaking, the tourist boat and bus that goes around the town, great cafes and restaurants. This beautiful tourist attraction sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers and was founded in 1820, hence it is definitely worth a visit as you can learn about the history of Tigre and see its natural beauty. A word of advice, you can take the train from Retiro to Tigre and buy tickets for the bus and boat cruise in Tigre train station.

Free events

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Every week without doubt Argentina has free events. From musical orchestras, yoga in the park to free festivals there is a great selection of activities to choose from! If you’re short on money you definitely won’t be deprived of some form of entertainment. Agenda Cultural is a fantastic government organisation that is constantly providing Argentina with free things to do. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of these great activities, practise your spanish speaking while diversing and meeting locals!

Volunteering

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There are many opportunities in Argentina in completing volunteer work, not just in the capital but also outside of Buenos Aires, for example Cordoba. Volunteering is a great opportunity in travelling and getting to know parts of Argentina. Volunteering has numerous benefits, to mention a few, it opens up careers opportunities, you learn and develop new skills, immerse yourself into the Argentinian culture and practise your spanish speaking skills, creates a sense of motivation, determination and appreciate for life and opens up doors in meeting people from all walks of life. Being a volunteer is not only a great way in immersing yourself in our culture but also showing respect towards our beautiful country.

FĂştbol Match

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As you have already been told, Argentinians are fĂştbol crazy and that is no understatement. Whenever a fĂştbol match is on, wherever you are in Argentina you will definitely hear the outburst of passionate expressions from an Argentinean, it is highly likely your neighbour will wake you up in the middle of the night barracking for their team. If you love soccer then a fĂştbol match is a must go to event, the atmosphere is priceless and full of passion and enthusiasm for the teams playing. This will definitely be an unforgettable experience but take into account that tickets are at times hard to get as they sell out very fast like hot cakes!

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My Perfect Week in Buenos Aires

Monday, May 18, 2015 12:11

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Everyone knows that Buenos Aires is one of the most famous cities in Latin America, but do they know why? Well, I am about to tell you why- there is ALWAYS something to do in Buenos Aires, sometimes more than you can handle. After seeing all that this exciting city has to offer, I decided to create my perfect week in Buenos Aires, just to prove that if you finally take the leap and come to Argentina, you will not be disappointed.

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Lunes: Monday being my first day in the city, I would want to go to the heart of it all, Plaza de Mayo. Here you will find many beautiful and important governmental buildings surrounding the main plaza of Buenos Aires, and of course the most important, Casa Rosada. Not only do these buildings show incredible architecture but they also hold many intriguing historical facts that will leave you in awe. After taking the Casa Rosada tour and gazing at all of the beautiful statues that inhabit this beautiful area, the next stop is the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires. Cafe Tortoni is a beautiful cafe where you can sit and enjoy a meal, a beverage or perhaps just a coffee while drinking in the historic Argentina art and culture, it is a must for sure. After a while there, ending the day with a little bar hopping to some of the oldest and most interesting bars in Buenos Aires would be perfect.

Martes: The next day, I would make my way over to the next most iconic place of Buenos Aires, the obelisk. On the journey there, I would make sure to stroll down one of the main streets, Santa Fe and look at all of the stores sporting the latest Buenos Aires fashion.

After a few hours of shopping (because I know it will take that long with too many amazing boutiques to count) I will walk down Avenue 9 de Julio where I will see the Teatro Colon, the highrise buildings of the city, and of course the obelisk. Next stop, is Plaza San Martin, not unlike the other beautiful plazas in Buenos Aires, Plaza San Martin displays a beautiful variety of trees and views of the city which makes for a perfect photo op, and maybe a little nap under a tree (its super common here, I swear).

MiĂ©rcoles: Wednesday, I would head straight to museums in Recoleta. Here you will find the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes museum of architecture, and many more interesting places to learn about the History and Culture of Argentina. Since I don’t like being cooped up inside for long periods of time, I would surely head over to the Floralis Generalis, the large steel flower that was made as an art piece given to the city of Buenos Aires. The coolest part about this flower is that is is solar operated to open up during the daytime and close at night, how cool!

Jueves: On Thursday, I would go straight to Puerto Madero, the most modern barrio of Buenos Aires. Starting off the day with a leisurely walk along the river would be perfect. With all of the hotdog, hamburger and chorizo stands on the way there, I could enjoy the river with native argentine meat in hand. When dinner time rolled around, I would head over to the dinner and tango show restaurant along the river and enjoy the rest of my night basking in the Porteno culture with exquisite Argentine wine in hand.

Viernes: In Buenos Aires, Fridays are always lively. What better way to mingle with native Argentines than in the fashion hub of Buenos Aires, Palermo. With tons of eclectic boutiques and cafes, it is easy to lose track of time in Palermo. One of my absolute favorite things to do is cafe hop. All of the cafes in Palermo soho have their own unique atmosphere and menu which makes it fun to try 3 or 4 cafes in a day and never get tired of coffee (maybe just a little hyper). Just around the corner of the Buenos Aires Zoo, located about a 20 minute walk from Palermo Soho, you will find the observatory. With frequent shows and occasional discounts, there leaves no excuse to not go and see the beautiful Argentine stars.

Sábado: It is finally the weekend, and all of Buenos Aires knows that weekends means markets. Starting at Plaza Francia, commonly known as the hippie fair, I would browse through all of the beautiful hand-crafted arts that the local artisans have created. Located just a few feet away is the Recoleta Cemetery which holds some of the most important figures in Argentine history, not to mention that it is one of the most incredible cemeteries in the world. With parks always nearby, buying a choripan at the nearest food stand and relaxing in a park with some friends would be the ideal afternoon. When the night time rolls around, what better way to learn the Porteño way than to go to a boliche for the night (and a good portion of the morning)

Domingo: The last day of my perfect week, and any week, will end at the San Telmo Market. One of the most famous markets in Argentina, you can really experience the Porteño culture here. With booths of hand-crafted arts, crafts and foods as far as the eye can see, you actually want to get lost in there for hours. Not only are there trinkets to buy, but many local Argentine bands come to play every Sunday on the corners for all of the market shoppers to enjoy. Sitting down to a nice dinner outside with a live band playing tango music would absolutely complete my perfect week in Buenos Aires.

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Barrios in Buenos Aires: Find out which is the best for you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 7:39

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Apart from being known as the Madrid or New York of Latin America, Buenos Aires is home to more than 40 neighborhoods, or as we like to call them, barrios. In the heart of Buenos Aires, there are 5 barrios that are the most well known; Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo, Puerto Madero and Belgrano. Each barrio is not only within walking distance of one another, but also has its own distinct personality. Here, let me show you.

The Fashion Hub

The barrio of Palermo, located in the center of downtown Buenos Aires, is considered the young neighborhood. Lined with cobblestone roads and full of designer stores, boutiques and delicious restaurants, you could lose yourself for hours in its streets. Palermo is huge and because of its size, it is split into 2 areas; Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, even though there is little difference between the two. So, if you like fashion, great atmosphere and even better food, look no further- Palermo is your place.

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The Cultural Hub

According to all of the Porteños, Recoleta is the barrio cultural. Many of the most famous museums of Buenos Aires are located in the center of the Recoleta, as well as the best Tango places. Complete with golden lightposts and magnificent statues, Recoleta is place to get all the information about Argentine history, art and of course, culture.

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The Historic Hub

Are you a history buff? If so, San Telmo is the place for you. With old historical buildings scattered throughout the antiquated alleys of this neighborhood, you always feel like you are discovering these 200 year old buildings for the first time- which is a pretty cool feeling. If you aren’t into seeing old historical buildings, you can always pop over to the most famous market in Buenos Aires which takes place every weekend, the San Telmo Market. As far as the eye can see the streets are lined with authentic Argentine art, food, and music. Let me tell you, this market should be on everyones Buenos Aires To Do List.

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The Modern Hub

Located right on the water, Puerto Madero is the newest and most modern of the barrios of Buenos Aires. Although it is the youngest of them all, Puerto Madero still has breath-taking qualities like the beautiful brick buildings that line the river that runs through town. Being where most of the Buenos Aires businesses are located, there is always a 5 star restaurant within eyesight, which always sweetens the deal. Especially at night with the lights lit up on the bridge, Puerto Madero is a sight to see.

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The Classic Hub

The final of the barrios that makes up the famous Buenos Aires, is Belgrano. This northernmost barrio is considered the classic neighborhood. Also filled with parks and museums, this barrio has a special addition; Barrio Chino- the Chinese village of Argentina. Here you can get great chinese food, find international food stores as well as cheap souvenirs, what more could you want?

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Well, that was a very brief peek into the barrios of Buenos Aires, but as you can see, there is so much more to Buenos Aires than just the “city” it is known for. Now that you have an idea of what is waiting here in BA, what are you waiting for? Contact us here for more information about the city and the school!

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Feria Masticar: Food Fair in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:04

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feria masticar Feria Masticar: Food Fair in Buenos Aires

Are you looking to experience some of the best food in all of Argentina? Well, look no further because the annual Feria Masticar is almost here!

What is it?

This is an annual food fair that hosts some of the most important chefs and restaurants in all of Buenos Aires. There is the opportunity to taste some of the best regional foods in Buenos Aires, learn from top nutritionists through various classes and lectures, taste premium wines and beers from the bodegas of Argentina, and even participate in cooking classes!

Learn more about what the fair offers, which restaurants, chefs, and bodegas are participating, and what classes are offered each day here.  Also, if you want to check out some mouthwatering pictures of the food that will be at the fair this year, be sure to check out the Feria Masticar facebook page.

When is it?

It starts this Thursday, April 16 and goes until the Sunday, the 19 of April. On Thursday, April 16, the fair is open from 2 pm – 11 pm. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday it is open from 12 pm -11 pm.

Where is it?

It will be held at the Fairgorunds El Dorrego, which is at Zapiola 50.

Where do I get tickets?

Buy tickets here! Tickets start at just AR$60!

This is a great way to try the delicious food and drinks in Buenos Aires all at once and for an amazing price! So pick a day (or all the days) and get tasting!

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