Tag Archives: Latin America

The Growing Presence of English in Latin American Spanish

Perhaps one of the most attractive things about the Spanish language is just how far reaching it is. Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and more than 15 other countries recognize it as their official language, with some 350 million people around the world speaking it every day. Anyone with even the most elementary knowledge of Spanish knows(…)


6 Top Hostels in Ecuador –Ready to Welcome You With Open Arms (and a Comfy Bed!)

In many aspects, Ecuador is a backpacker’s dream. This is one of the countries in Latin America where you’ll be able to put your skills in thriftiness to good use and can make your dollar go far. In fact, you will literally be using dollars while vacationing in Ecuador–they dropped the native sucre and made(…)


The Gringo’s Guide to New Year’s Traditions in Latin America

Every holiday comes with its own traditions around the world, and New Year’s is no different. For most people in the United States, the festivities include watching the ball drop in Times Square, a final 60-second countdown, and kissing someone as the clock strikes midnight. With a glass of champagne in hand, everyone sings–or more(…)


Spanish in Latin America – You Might Think It’s All One Language, But Then You’d Be Wrong

If you’re studying the Spanish language or are thinking about doing so, get ready for limitless opportunities for adventure and excitement. Yes, learning the language will take lots of time and hard work, but speaking Spanish will open doors to explore the world and meet people from different cultures. While you can always make friends(…)


Part II: 3 Stunning Latin American Destinations for Budget Travelers

If you’ve got a major case of wanderlust and a seriously limited budget, you might think an international vacation is out of the question. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Earlier this month we wrote about some of our favorite budget-friendly travel destinations in this Listen & Learn blog post, and today we’re(…)


3 Stunning Latin American Destinations for Budget Travelers

When most people hear the phrase “vacationing abroad” thoughts of endless spending come to mind. But traveling outside U.S. borders doesn’t have to be a budget-busting experience. In fact, if you take a smart approach in your planning and in your day-to-day spending, travel in Latin America can be much more affordable than you probably(…)


3 Things to Consider When Traveling with Kids in Latin America

Traveling parents who are eager to encourage their kids to explore the world don’t have to go far to do it. From our neighbors just to the south in Mexico, to the inviting people of Nicaragua, to fun-loving friends in Brazil, we have a huge variety of countries and cultures to explore right here in(…)


5 Must-Know Bartering Tips For the Latin American Traveler

Encompassing 21 countries, Latin America offers something for every type of traveler. Endless beaches, wild nightlife scenes, family-friendly parks, beautiful natural attractions…the list goes on and on. One perk to nearly any Latin American vacation is that travelers will get to do some unique souvenir shopping. From handmade pottery to delicate textiles, and lots more,(…)


10 Simple Phrases for Tourists in Spanish-Speaking Countries

Travelers looking to head south of the border for a tropical getaway are lucky in a number of ways. First, it’s easier than ever to get there thanks to the dozens of airlines that have daily flights to capitals and other major cities. Another perk is that, with just a few exceptions (yes, I’m talking(…)