Learn Spanish in Santiago

Why learn Spanish in Santiago? With over 6 million residents, Santiago is the largest city in Chile, making it a central hub for a wide range of outdoor sports and activities. As Chile’s capital, it’s a great place to begin your travels and gain an understanding of the country’s culture. Plus, other parts of the region, such as Pomaire and Los Andes, are easily accessible for further exploration.

“I originally signed up to go to the school for 6 weeks but liked it so much that I signed up for another 6 weeks and then again for another 8 weeks, true story.” – Burke T, Maryland

With snowcapped mountains serving as the backdrop, Santiago is visually stunning. The downtown area is a unique mix of new and old, providing a distinctive contrast of classic architecture and soaring skyscrapers.

Ecela Santiago

Ecela Santiago is located in Providencia, one of the best and safest neighborhoods in all of Santiago. It’s an ideal location for studying Spanish and it’s adjacent to many restaurants, bars, cafes, attractive parks, museums, cinemas and shops.

Ecela Santiago

Ecela Santiago, located on a quiet residential street in convenient Providencia.

  • Prime Location. The school sits peacefully in a quiet residential street in Providencia, which is conveniently located near local cafes, restaurants and many other important downtown sites.
  • Study in Comfort. Our Spanish courses in Santiago, Chile are housed in what used to be an old mansion. The mansion has since been remodeled and features large commons areas including an outdoor patio for churrasco grilling.
  • Flexible Options. Start any week of the year and study from one week to four months with no additional charge if you decide to switch from one Ecela Spanish school to another.
  • Scheduled Activities. Dance salsa, cook regional dishes, explore the nearby Andes mountain range and much more.

Students who study Spanish in Santiago will walk away feeling fulfilled both culturally and educationally. Let’s take a look at some of the different activities that are available through our Spanish language school in Chile.

Fun Activities In and Around Santiago

Cultural Activities in Santiago, Chile

Santiago City Tour – Take part in a city tour and familiarize yourself with Santiago and its many treasures. City tours will take you to destinations both inside and outside the city that you can later explore on your own. You’ll get the opportunity to visit historical locations and see places like Santa Lucia Hill, which boasts beautiful fountains, plazas and interesting corridors. Among all the diverse experiences you’ll have at our Spanish schools in Chile, a tour of Santiago will surely stand out as a favorite memory.

City Tour of Santiago

Colonial barrio on the city tour of Santiago.

Wonderful Wine Tasting – Due to Chile’s climate and soil conditions, Chileans have been able to make some of finest wines in the world for centuries. Local vineyards have been in operation for generations, making Chile one of the strongest producers of wine on a global level. When you study Spanish in Santiago, you and your classmates can schedule your very own vineyard tour and wine tasting to see where and how these wonderful wines are made.

From the Classroom to the Kitchen – Besides learning Spanish in Santiago, you can learn how to cook delicious Chilean dishes including ceviche, carne mechada, and cancato y cazuela, among others. You’ll get your first taste of local Chilean cuisine during the welcome reception on your first day. Our Spanish school in Santiago offers first-rate cooking classes where you can learn to perfect your favorite Chilean meals so you can replicate them back home for friends and family.

Ecela Santiago Cooking ClassCueca Lessons – The ceuca is the national dance of Chile. This dance, along with the vibrant music that accompanies it, is a cultural representation of the country and its people. For many students studying Spanish in Santiago, learning the cueca dance is the ultimate Chilean immersion experience.

Unique Excursion Opportunities Near Santiago

Horseback Riding – Seeing the Andes on horseback is a once in a lifetime experience. One-day excursions are easy to book and a lot of fun no matter how skilled or experienced you are on a horse. And at the end of your hike, you will be treated to a traditional Chilean asado (barbeque). It’s the perfect opportunity to build lifelong friendships as you and your group will have plenty of great food and great stories to share.

Horseback Riding in the Andes

The Andes, visible from Santiago, are a popular destination for horseback riding.

Journey to Viña del Mar & Valparaiso – Between Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, there’s a variety of fun things to do outside of Santiago as well. The Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This port city is distinctive for its preservation of late 19th century industrialization in Latin America and makes for great exploration. Valparaiso is the 3rd largest metropolitan region in Chile and includes the beautiful and luxurious resort town of Viña del Mar, “The Garden City,” to the north. Viña del Mar is an excellent place to visit during your stay and also features our second Ecela Spanish school in Chile where you can learn Spanish in Viña del Mar.

Pottery, Empanadas, and a Visit to Isla Negra – If you are looking for a weekend getaway from your studies in Santiago, be sure to book a day trip to Pomaire and visit Isla Negra.

Pottery Lessons in Santiago, ChilePomaire is a pottery lover’s dream and features artisan shopping, casual dining, spectacular tours and more. The town is famous for its craft fairs, markets and delicious empanadas. After spending a few hours strolling through the shops and picking up souvenirs, there’s nothing better than grabbing a tasty empanada for lunch. Your excursion can also include a visit and tour of Pablo Neruda’s house on Isla Negra. The Noble Prize winning poet has three homes, but this is his largest and most well-known. It’s also the only home of the three that is located in the beautiful coastal area of Isla Negra.

The city of Santiago is a beautiful, active cultural goldmine. Whether you choose to do activities within the city or venture out a little farther, you will be impressed with the gorgeous land and kind people. From centuries-old towns to traditional artisan shops, there is no shortage of things to do during your stay in Santiago.

Monthly Activity Calendars
Santiago, Activities for January
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Santiago, Activities for March

Learn More About Santiago

Want to learn more about Santiago? Check out these travel guides to get a feel for the city.

Lonely Planet’s Santiago Guide
Footprint’s Santiago Travel Guide
Fodor’s Santiago, Chile Guide

Recommended Santiago, Chile Tourist Video

How to Find Ecela Santiago

Ecela Santiago: Antonio Varas 514, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Phone: +56 2 2918 6730

Global language travel experts recommend learning Spanish with Ecela



…and so do our students!

Previous Ecela Santiago students awarded the school with an aggregate rating of 4.64/5.


The students you meet seem to come from every corner of the world, some I’ve never even heard of before!

This is my 3rd week here and I have made good friends and gone places that under normal circumstances would not have been able to. I would recommend this for anyone looking to live in Santiago and experience a slice of life in Chile.

The teachers at the school are helpful and very easy to talk to. My Spanish has improved with every day I have attended classes. The activities and location of the school provides good opportunities for exploring the city of Santiago.

The things I have learned in Chile will outlast the time I have spent here. The students you meet seem to come from every corner of the world, some I’ve never even heard of before! I am glad that I have participated in this program and know that I am a better person for doing so.

by Eric Bravo from Texas


I learned more Spanish that I would in a year in Amsterdam.

Dear ECELA people: Thanks for everything! I had a fantastic time during the four weeks I spent at ECELA Spanish School in Santiago, Chile. I learned more Spanish that I would in a year in Amsterdam. It was the best vacation of my life, and I loved sharing this experience with so many special people.

Paz (Paz Gatica, the school’s Activities Coordinator): ¡vamos chicos!…Gracias y besos.
(Spanish Student in Chile 2009)

by Karianne Hoenderkamp from Holland


For me, staying with a family was the best and fastest way to learn Spanish.

Hereby my some words about my homestay.

My homestay in Santiago was really great. I stayed with a nice family; dad, mom and 2 kids, who made me feel like a part of the family. They really made sure that I had a great time in Santiago and that I never felt alone. They helped me find my way in the city and the dad even did a ´practice´ walk to school with me the night before my first day!

For me, staying with a family was the best and fastest way to learn Spanish. Everyday you wake up with Spanish (my hostmom got me breakfast in bed everyday!) and if you came home after school there is always somebody to practice with. My family was always patient and helped me when i was struggling with spanish. Without this family, my experience in Santiago would have been good, but not so great as it has been!

Florentine Naar

by Florentine Naar from Netherlands