Learn Spanish in Santiago de Chile – top of the New York Times’ list of places to go in 2011

Santiago is a city which has certainly experienced a difficult year – in February 2010 it was one of the cities that suffered damage and loss of life due to a huge earthquake in and around the Maule Region. A year on though, Santiago, has largely recovered and is benefiting from a surge in tourism and a healthy economy.

In recent years, historic Santiago has become increasingly cosmopolitan and vibrant, and is now home a range of modern, up-market hotels and restaurants as well as more traditional establishments. There has also been lots of investment in the cultural and arts scene in Santiago, which now boasts places such as the new Centro Gabriela Mistral, a 200,000-square-foot centre that hosts a varied calendar of concerts, dance performances, plays and art exhibits.

It doesn’t stop there though…not only is Santiago a cultural hub, its location close to mountains and the coast makes it a great place for anyone who likes outdoor pursuits too. Whether you enjoy climbing, trekking, riding, skiing or watersports there’ll be something to keep you entertained. Any wine enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that there are plenty of Chile’s famous vineyards around Santiago to enjoy, whether you want to do some tasting, or simply to soak up the beautiful scenery.

Cactus offers General, Individual and Combined Spanish courses in Santiago at a range of levels. Also on offer are Spanish and Work Experience, Spanish and Ski and Spanish and Volunteering. For full course details and to book please visit www.cactuslanguage.com .

Read the New York Times’ article on 41 places to go in 2011

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