Study Spanish in Argentina and discover a truly incredible country. don Quijote is offering a wide range of destinations and courses which will enable you to learn Spanish in Argentina while enjoying all that this country has to give you.
Spanish Schools in Argentina
- Buenos Aires - Argentina’s lively and architecturally-diverse portside capital city.
- Bariloche - Nature and beauty: the perfect place to discover the wild side of Argentina.
- Córdoba - A blend of old and new, the architecturally-diverse city of Córdoba was awarded the prestigious title of Cultural Capital of the Americas in 2006.
- Mendoza - Filled with tree-lined walkway, open-air cafes and fountain-centered plazas, Mendoza prides itself both on its outdoor spaces and world-class wine.
Spanish Courses in Argentina
- Intensive Spanish: This course will improve all aspects of your Spanish in no time by providing 20 thoroughly-engaging group classes a week. The group course is a highly- effective and entertaining way to improve your Spanish as you will be able to practice while discussing a number of interesting topics with your peers.
- Private Classes: If you are short of time, or simply want to learn Spanish at your own pace, then this course is perfect. These private individual classes work around a personalized program allowing you to progress in a way tailored exactly to your individual needs and interests.
- Spanish and Tango classes: This course combines 20 group Spanish classes a week with 8 evening tango classes. The tango classes include theoretical classes as well as a trip to see a live tango performance. Offering the chance to learn Spanish and live the real spirit of Argentina.
- Volunteer program (Only available in Córdoba): Eligibility for this course has one pre-requisite: a minimum of 4 weeks doing an Intensive Course. This is to ensure that your level of Spanish is at an adequate level for community service. Once you have undertaken this course, you will have the opportunity to work as a volunteer in the local community for various social institutions.
Spanish Courses exclusive to Buenos Aires
- Best of Both: This course offers the perfect combination — it comprises 20 hours of group classes a week and 10 hours of private classes — as it provides a great balance between interacting in group conversations and consolidating any individual issues.
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- Argentina's Map
Cuyo & the Andean Northwest: Boasting impressive volcanoes, spectacular salt flats and beautifully-blue skies, the Cuyo region entices visitors with its geographically-diverse landscapes. Equally renowned for its extensive wineries, spectacular wildlife and outdoor sporting activities, this mountainous region leaves visitors spoilt for choice when it comes to tourist activities.
Mesopotamia & the Northeast: A humid region of extensive grasslands and wetlands, the Mesopotamian region is home to an abundance of fascinating animal and bird species. It is the breathtaking Iguazu Falls of the Misiones province, however, which is the absolute gem of Northern Argentina’s beautiful, and often water-orientated, natural landscapes.
The Chaco: Primarily comprising of wildlife-rich flatlands, the rural Chaco region is a hub of ecotourism activities and particularly appeals to keen bird watchers thanks to the presence of more than 300 different species. Equally home to numerous indigenous communities, the skillful Guaraní and Wichí Chaco native inhabitants pride themselves on producing carefully-sculpted pottery and intricately-woven baskets.
The Pampas: A grassland biome surrounding Buenos Aires, the Pampas area is renowned for its spectacular horse riding routes thanks to the expansiveness of its primarily flat terrain.
Patagonia and the Lake District: From colossal glaciers to arid deserts and vast flatlands to steep granite cliffs, Patagonia is celebrated for its dramatic, contrasting scenery. Situated in southern Argentina, Patagonia and its electric blue-colored lakes invite visitors to a picture-perfect natural landscape of tranquility far from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Tierra del Fuego: An archipelago situated at South America’s southernmost tip, the ´Land of Fire´ islands boast spectacular mountainous peaks, vast lakes and verdant forests. Consisting of one large island (also called Tierra del Fuego) and a series of smaller ones, the Tierra del Fuego offers walking, fishing and wildlife enthusiasts with an outdoor paradise and it is the main island’s 630km2 national park in particular which truly wins the hearts of nature lovers.
Remember that in the southern hemisphere the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. In general, Argentina has mild warm climate, but to the North, there is large subtropical area and to the South the cold climate prevails. Despite its current political and economic troubles, Argentina remains a safe destination for foreign travellers. The state of siege declared in December 2001 has been lifted, and while protests continue, they have been mostly limited to peaceful, middle-class crowds banging on pots and pans. The people's anger is directed at their government, not foreigners. Still, traveller should exercise caution, avoiding large gatherings that could turn violent.
Currency: Peso ($)Meals
- Budget: US$4-10
- Mid-range: US$10-20
- Top-end: US$20 and upwards
- Budget: US$20-30
- Mid-range: US$30-40
- Top-end: US$40 and upwards
Until recently, Argentina was an expensive country to visit - so expensive that Argentines were in the habit of taking their holidays in "cheap" countries, like the USA. The economic policy that pegged the peso one-to-one to the US dollar kept prices high but inflation under control.
The recent devaluation of the peso means that all bets are off. At present, the peso has shrunk to about half the value of the US dollar, and it's anyone's guess as to how much further it may drop when banking restrictions are eased. This could translate to bargains for budget travelers, but that's only if inflation remains in check. Right now, the government is urging businesses not to raise their prices, as rampant inflation would plunge the already fragile economy into chaos. In the 1970s and '80s, inflation consistently exceeded 100% per year and was often much higher, reaching an astounding 5000% in 1989. Given Argentina's history of economic instability, savvy travelers should keep a watch on the exchange markets and on economic events.
US dollars are no longer accepted officially, but there's such a run on dollars at the moment that many shopkeepers would be glad to take them. You'll get a better rate at an official cambio, but be prepared to wait in line for several hours.
Not surprisingly, there's a thriving black market in currency exchange, mostly for US dollars but also for Euros. Avoid the black market - not only is it illegal, but you might end up with counterfeit pesos. Travelers should bring some of their own currency and change it into pesos little by little. ATM withdrawals that reflect the current exchange rate are the best way to keep up with the fluctuating value of the peso.
Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards, but don't rely on them - some travelers have reported problems getting vendors to accept credit cards these days. The same goes for traveler's checks. Tipping around 10% is customary in restaurants. Bargaining is uncommon, except in the artisn markets of the Andean northwest.
European influences permeate Argentina's art, architecture, literature and lifestyle. However, in the field of literature in particular, this has been a cross-cultural transaction, with Argentina producing writers of international stature such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sábasto, Manuel Puig and Osvaldo Soriano. With the education of many Argentines taking place in Europe, Buenos Aires in particular has self-consciously emulated European cultural trends in art, music and architecture. As a result, there are many important art museums and galleries in the city, and it has a vigorous theater community. Argentine cinema has also achieved international stature, and has been used as a vehicle to exorcise the horrors of the Dirty War.
Probably the best known manifestation of Argentine popular culture is the tango - a dance and music which has captured the imagination of romantics worldwide. Folk music is also thriving. Sport is extremely important to the Argentines and soccer is more of a national obsession than a game. Argentina won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, and the exploits of Diego Maradona (the most famous Argentine since Che Guevara), have kept soccer fans, paparazzi and columnists busy for the past 10 years. Argentine Roman Catholicism, the official state religion, is riddled with popular beliefs which diverge from official doctrine. Spiritualism and veneration of the dead are deep-seated, with pilgrimages to the resting places of relations and of the famous dead a common sight.
Spanish is the official language, but some immigrant communities retain their language as a badge of identity. Italian is widely understood, reflecting the influence of the country's single largest immigrant group, and BBC English is the preserve of the Anglo community. There are 17 native languages, including Quechua, Mapuche, Guaraní, Tobas and Matacos. Meat dominates Argentina's menus, and "meat" means beef. Mixed grills (parrillada) are apparently the way to go, serving up a cut of just about every part of the animal: tripe, intestines, udders - the lot. In this vegetarian's nightmare, Italian favorites, such as gnocchi (ñoquis), are a welcome alternative. Exquisite Argentine ice cream (helado) deserves a special mention - again reflecting Italian influences. The sharing of mate, Paraguayan tea, is a ritual more than a beverage, and if offered is a special expression of acceptance. The leaves, a relation to holly, are elaborately prepared and the mixture is drunk from a shared gourd.
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