Despite their many faults, which include, Confusing Guia T (Colectivo maps, that are confusing at first glance but actually highly functional…more on this later), Confusing and strangely located bus stops, Irregular services, a frustrating payment system and rude drivers (not always rude, but don’t expect them to help you directions or help), Colectivos can be a fantasticway of exploring, navigating and generally getting to know the city.
Most people that come to Buenos Aires usually aren’t here very long until finding out about all of the amazing cities and natural wonders that Argentina is home to. Although Buenos Aires is the most famous of them all, cities like Mendoza, Salta and even Santa Cruz province are just as interesting (but in a different way).
Every month students have the opportunity to participate in large trips organized by Expanish and not have to stress about any planning. Every month a travel agency comes directly to Expanish and talks to the students about the trip they have organized for that month. Flights, lodging, and activities are all part of the trip, which means your blood pressure can take a break for a while.
This past year has already been full of great trips! Let’s see here, in February Expanish took students to Iguazú Falls to see the beautiful natural wonder of the Argentine and Brazilian waterfalls for three days. Being one of the most famous natural wonders in the world, with the ease of having the trip planned but also going with friends makes these trips unforgettable.
In March Expanish took their students to the west of Argentina to Mendoza. Another one of the most famous cities in Argentina, Mendoza is filled with beautiful mountains and vineyards as far as the eye can see. The best part is, if you get bored after days of touring wine vineyards and sampling some of the best vines in the world, there are always activities that you can find to do such as horseback through the Andes mountains, rent bikes and ride around to other bodegas or even whitewater raft through the mountains.
In April, Expanish students went to the north-west of Argentina to the beautiful cities of Salta and Jujuy. Salta is home to one of the greatest natural wonders called the salt flats or the Salinas where salt dries on the desert floor and gives off a mirror-like effect to make it look like you are walking on air (I am not exactly sure how it works, but just believe me that it is a sight you HAVE to see). Jujuy is home to beautifully colored mountains and the intriguing culture of the indigenous tribes that live there. Hiking through mountains and taking awe-inspiring pictures at the salt flats made for an amazing break from classes.
Oh, you are worried about what to do with your luggage? No worries, Expanish will safely store your luggage that you plan to leave behind to save you from spending money to store your clothes in a hotel somewhere. Hopefully, you can see that there is way more to the Expanish program than sitting in a classroom and learning Spanish!