Activities

Activities C :: Learn Spanish in Montevideo Uruguay

Excursions

These activities usually take place at the weekend and most involve travelling to somewhere outside of Montevideo. The cost reflects this (see individual activities). The cost often depends on the size of the group of students, so prices here are approximate based on a group of six.

1. Punta del Este and Piriápolis A bus tour of these coastal towns includes transport there and back and a guide, who talks about the various interesting places around Piriápolis (such as Pan de Azúcar hill) and Punta del Este (the famous "hand" sculpture, Casa Pueblo, the beaches).
Cost per person $850 (includes transport in minibus, expert guide. Does not include dinner).

2. Mina de Oro A guide takes students to a disused gold mine where they can explore the tunnels, then to have a go on Uruguay's only aerial zip line. Finally the students enjoy a walk through the woodland of Salto del Penitente and learn from the guide about the native flora and fauna.
Cost per person $2500 (includes transport in minibus, expert guide, afternoon snack, emergency medical insurance, all entry fees).

3. Trekking in Cerro de los Ánimas This trip involves climbing a 500m hill, crossing areas of dense woodland and passing the Cañadón de los Espejos and its little waterfalls on the way down, accompanied throughout by a knowledgeable wildlife guide.
Cost per person $1500 (includes transport there and back in minibus, entry to the zone and expert guide).

4. 4x4 Safari A trip in a 4x4 vehicle across the Sierras Occidentales of Maldonado, a traditional lunch in a ranch with spectacular views of the hills, a two-hour horse ride through the area, a further trip in the 4x4 towards the coast including the hill of San Antonio in Piriápolis. Students have free time to explore Piriápolis and return independently by bus.
Cost per person $1700 (includes transport in 4x4 from Peaje Solís, lunch with drinks, expert guide, horseriding).

5. Candombe Workshop The opportunity to learn about this Afro-Uruguayan form of music and dance, and to even have a go at drumming and dancing. Includes a Candombe demonstration, a talk with Candombe experts, music and dance tuition, and the day ends with an optional parilla barbecue.
Cost per person: workshop $800, barbecue $400.

6. Wine Tour Learn about wine-making processes, visit the vineyards and taste Uruguay's home-grown wines in a vineyard tour. This vineyard also boasta a collection of classic cars and a restaurant.
Cost per person $500 (includes guided tour and wine tasting. Does not include transport).

 

All prices are quoted in Uruguayan pesos.

Activities B :: Learn Spanish in Montevideo Uruguay

Low-Cost Activities

The following activities usually take place after classes during the week and cost between $100 and $500. Students are accompanied by someone from the school or a guide.

 

 

1. Tango Small group and individual tango classes with our dance teacher Andrea (cost depends on size of group).

2. Bike ride We hire bikes and cycle along the seafront promenade to see other parts of the city and the beaches, stopping for refreshments along the way.

3. Old City A tour of places of historical and cultural interest in the Old City with one of the teachers, Juan. He may also take students to one of the city's museums.

Biking on the Ramble

 

4. City Tour A bus tour of places of tourist interest and the different neighbourhoods of the city with a Spanish- and English-speaking guide.

5. Parilla The school terrace has a traditional Uruguayan wood-burning barbecue, and students can enjoy the country's national dish in a sociable atmosphere.

6. Prado A large park a short bus-ride away from the school has a Japanese garden, rose garden, Botanical garden, and guided tours.

7. Campo Horseriding and country walks followed by drinks and snacks at a ranch about an hour away from Montevideo.

8. Seasonal events In February we organise trips to see the Carnival parade and in April to the Criolla country fair and rodeo.

 

All prices are quoted in Uruguayan pesos.

Activities :: Learn Spanish in Montevideo Uruguay

Activities

As well as offering combination Spanish and Sports courses, La Herradura has a full social programme which all students are welcome to take part in. It includes extra-curricular activities to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes. You can make the most of your time in Montevideo, socialise with other students, practice your Spanish on the locals, learn about the history and culture of Uruguay, and have a go at different sports and activities. Some typical activities:

  • Horseriding in the countryside
  • Tango classes
  • A barbecue on the school terrace
  • Wine tasting and a guided tour of a vineyard
  • A day trip to Punta del Este, Colonia or any other city
  • Camping and hiking weekend in the country side
  • Museum or art gallery
  • Walking tour of the Old City
  • 4x4 safari
  • City tour by bus
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A list of activities is placed in the entrance hall every Monday, where you can sign up for the activities that interest you. The activities are also presented at the weekly Welcome meeting. The activities vary from week to week and throughout the year. Some may depend on the weather and the availability of equipment. Some of the activities are free, others have a cost depending on the type of activity.

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Activities A :: Learn Spanish in Montevideo Uruguay

Free Activities

The following activities are free (or in the case of the bar and restaurant, each person pays for their food and drinks). The students are not accompanied on the trip, but the school staff assist in the planning (suggesting activities to the students, making reservations, planning public transport etc.):

1. Tango There's a free tango class in a cultural centre a few blocks from the school.

2. Parque Rodó The local park has an outdoor photography exhibition, a lake with boats for hire, paths and bridges for walking a weekly market, and live music on Sundays.

3. Backpackers meeting The local "Couchsurfing" group has a regular meeting in a bar. Our students go to practice their Spanish on the locals, meet other travellers and sample the local nightlife.

4. Night out A group outing to a local bar or restaurant.

5. Tango bar Montevideo has several tango bars where you can enjoy a few drinks while listening to live music and watching the dancers.

6. Guided tour Free guided tours are available in the following places of cultural and historical interest: Palacio Legislativo (Parliament), Teatro Solís (South America's oldest working theatre), the botanical gardens and the Museo Blanes art gallery.

Bike Riding in Montevideo

7. Seasonal events We let the students know about free events in and around the city. Recent examples include an outdoor rock concert, games of Ultimate Frisbee on the beach, T'ai Chi and Aerobox classes on the beach, and an astronomical observation.

Cigarette shop: low-cost cigarettes