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Spanish in Bolivia

Learn Spanish in Bolivia

Bolivia

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If you are seeking fun, diversion, Andean adventure and uniqueness then you are sure to find what you are looking for in Bolivia. This landlocked country with geography that ranges from the mighty and spiritual Andes to the tropical Amazonian lowlands, has plenty to offer all who cross over its borders. Whether you want to party in the dizzying heights of La Paz, negotiate the world's most dangerous road on a bike, follow the last steps of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in Tupiza or learn the Spanish language in Sucre you will feel at home in Bolivia. The lifestyle here is different and Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America, however the country's spirit, vibrance, culture and welcoming vibes will soon help you to realise that affluence doesn't necessarily equate to a good time.

Often referred to as the best place to learn Spanish, due to the neutrality of the accent, Bolivia is a popular destination for travellers wishing to pick up or improve upon some Spanish skills. It is also home to a wealth of Spanish language schools, ready and waiting to welcome you and impart their wisdom upon you. If you needed any more reasons to call in on Bolivia, here are a few interesting facts to whet your Spanish learning appetite:

  • Bolivia is home to the world's largest salt flats, just outside Uyuni in Southern Bolivia. They cover a huge 12000 square kilometres of surface area and the salt crust is up to a few metres thick in places. The "Salar de Uyuni" as it is called, is thought to contain thousands of billions of tonnes of salt and the Bolivian Government is currently drawing up an extraction plan for the coming years. You can currently visit the salt flats and surrounding sights such as the Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada and an abandoned train collection on trips from one day long and up. Underneath all of this salt there happens to be one of the world's biggest resources of lithium.
  • On the topic of impressive geographical achievements, Bolivia borders one side of the world's highest navigable lake. At 3,811 metres of altitude, Lake Titicaca is also the largest lake in all of South America in terms of volume of water, and one of the deepest lakes in the world. Trips across it to the other side (Peru) on a high speed boat.
  • Bolivia is home to over 30 official languages, including Quechua, Spanish and Aymara. In fact, over 25% of the population speak Quechua! Somme Spanish schools in Bolivia will offer additional beginners' courses in Quechua and additional cultural lessons and activities will be organised to give you a greater insight into the diverse cultures and languages present in Bolivia.
  • Nature
  • Bolivia is one of the most diverse countries on the planet and is home to around 40% of all plant and animal species known to man. This is hardly surprising when you consider the country's geographical make-up, consisting of wetlands, highlands and lowlands.
  • Bolivia makes good use of its many natural resources and produces, amongst other things, soybeans, coffee, coca, cotton, corn, sugarcane, rice, potatoes and timber. It is also one of the top three brazil nut producers in the entire world (it even exports more than Brazil)
  • Bolivia is home to not one, but two of the world's highest cities, Potozi and La Paz. There are over 2.3. million inhabitants in La Paz and its surrounding metropolitan area and it stands at a dizzying 11 942 feet above sea level. Potosi, a mining city, known historically for its wealth, stands at an even more impressive 13,343 feet above sea level. Needless to say, any time spent in either of this cities, and in many more throughout Bolivia, involves a bit of getting used to and your body needs time to adjust to the extreme altitude. Which leads us to our next fact....
  • Just under 30,000 hectares in Bolivia is dedicated to the production of Coca leaves, one of the raw ingredients of cocaine. Don't panic however, production of small amounts is legal in Bolivia and you will find it readily available for you to chew on and benefit from its altitude sickness counteraction properties.

These are just a few of the things about Bolivia that happen to have caught our attention and if you decide to base your Spanish learning adventure in this exciting country you will, without a shadow of a doubt, soon discover many more.