With over 400 million native Spanish-speakers worldwide, it’s not hard finding a Spanish-speaking holiday destination! From snow-capped volcanoes to lush rainforests, we pick you 5 of our favourite off-the-beaten spots where you can practice Spanish with the locals!
Mexico: visit the colour-changing Laguna de Bacalar
If you are looking for off-the-beaten track, look no further than Lago de Seis Colores (Lake of Seven Colours) in Mexico. This 40-mile freshwater lagoon is a magical spectacle, with it’s waters changing to at least 7 different colours throughout the day, and depending on the weather. It’s turquoise hues and calm waters make for terrific kayaking, bird-watching and swiming. The lagoon is closest reached by getting to the city of Bacalar, at the southern tip of Quintana Roo.
Colombia: go deep underground for the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
Nestled in Colombia’s Zipaquira Mountain, there sits a Catholic cathedral carved out of the salt deposits of an abandoned mine. Wander through the tunnels and salt corridors until you arrive at this magical sanctuary.
Argentina: visit the “American Switzerland” of Bariloche
Situated in the foothills of the Andes, Bariloche has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. The majestic peaks of Cerros Cathedral, Nireco and Shaihuenque provide a wealth of summer and winter sporting activities, from skiing to rambling hikes. Bariloche is also renowned for it’s chocolate sold in shops lining Calle Mitre.
Bolivia: thrill-seeker’s play with their fate on Yungas Road
Nicknamed “The World’s Deadliest Road”, the Yungas Road in Bolivia is not for the faint-hearted! It is estimated that 300 people a year lose their life on this road. Yet for thrill-seeking tourists who are not put off by the sheer drops into the canopy below, there are several bicycle routes where you are rewarded with stunning views of the Amazon rainforest’s rolling hills.
Guatemala: delve deep into local life at Triángulo Ixil
If you thought you could live a regret-free life without visiting Guatemala, think again! This enchanting Central American country is dotted with one of the most diverse landscapes in the world: from active volcanoes to breath-takingly beautiful lakes. You will also be struck by the warmth of it’s people, and the best place to experience local life is in an area known as Triángulo Ixil. From observing the local Ixil Mayan people in their traditional clothing to great mountain hikes, to swimming in secluded waterfalls, the Triángulo Ixil area has plenty to offer.
Our teachers are also from Guatemala – a country renowned for the quality of it’s Spanish tutors. They would be more than happy to pass on travel tips to you, and you can say hello to them here!