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Argentina study-abroad... Mendoza, Cordoba, or Valparaiso?

Argentina study-abroad... Mendoza, Cordoba, or Valparaiso?

Old Aug 29th, 2012, 01:04 PM
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Argentina study-abroad... Mendoza, Cordoba, or Valparaiso?

For her spring semester 2013, my daughter, a junior, is considering Argentina for her study-abroad. Would you recommend Mendoza, Cordoba, or Valparaiso? (Or none of the above?) And why? Thanks!
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Old Aug 29th, 2012, 11:44 PM
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I can't comment on Cordoba as I haven't been there and I am from the UK so I am not sure what age a "junior" is. We spent few days in both Valparaiso and Mendoza and, of the two cities, I much prefered Valaparaiso. It is a very scenic town built on a series of hills with, a lot of history and some great restaurants, museums etc. Whilst we had no problems with security at all, there are apparently places where it is not wise to venture. It is on the coast and there are some great beaches a bus ride away.

Mendoza just did not live up to the hype for me. Absolutely nothing wrong with it and fantastic if you are a oenophile but it is a big city. a little too big perhaps. I preferred Salta which seemed more compact and it is surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery I have seen anywhere. Here is a link to our blog with more deatial and photos of the places we visited - South America starts at entry # 56

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blo...ai/1/tpod.html
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Old Aug 30th, 2012, 04:47 AM
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If she is choosing somewhere in Argentina, Valparaíso is in Chile. Of the three I would say Cordoba. It is a decent sized city but not mammoth, has lots of easy to get to countryside around it and has plenty of cultural activities.
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I like Mendoza as it has lots to do from adventure activities to culture and is also only 6 hours from Santiago in Chile so she easily visit and Argentina is cheaper! I also like Cordoba!
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Thanks very much, everyone!
(Crellston, a college junior is a 3rd-year undergraduate student. The bachelors degree typically takes four years, and a student is often called: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior; or just 1st-yr, 2nd-yr, 3rd-yr, 4th-yr.)
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Links to Spanish schools and instructors in Mendoza (webagents who claim to have schools in Mendoza, but really just advertise and book for the other larger schools, listed in brackets):


Greenfields (aka COINED, aka Andino, aka DonQuijote, aka Cactus, aka languagecourse.net, aka Enforex)
http://www.coined.com.ar/ http://www.coined.com.ar/


ECELA (Chilean chain with branch here, aka Latinimmersion)

http://www.ecela.com/esp/index.php
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The Couchsurfing site has reorganized their forums to make it more like Twitter, unfortunately, so you can no longer search on them for past info like you can here. This is a pity, as the comments and references there tend to be more reliable and transparent. Also, the thread links have been renumbered.

The thread in my post last month, for various references and comments of language schools and learning Spanish in Mendoza, is now here:

https://www.couchsurfing.org/n/threa...course+2940974
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