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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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


Testimonials About Ecela Santiago

I wouldn’t hesitate one second to come back if I had the chance.

Wow, it was an amazing and unforgettable time at ECELA Santiago!

I came with only a few words of Spanish and left with so much more than expected: not only that I learned so quickly and easily the language because of the very good and friendly teachers who make learning Spanish fun and interesting and the good concept of teaching that combines class lessons and private lessons if you take an intensive course, but I also met some absolutely great people from all over the world and found some new friends.

I enjoyed my time at ECELA so much that I spontaneously decided to stay 2 weeks longer than originally planned and I wouldn’t hesitate one second to come back if I had the chance to.

It was definitively one of the best times of my life! Thank you ECELA amigos for everything, I’m still missing you all!

by Mara Frei from Switzerland

It’s like a big family full of student and staff :-)

What’s a GREAT time in ECELA Santiago!!! I stayed 10 weeks in the school, and I already miss it. My level increased a lot, more that I expected.

The classes are very interesting, the teachers very friendly and ready to explain again if you didn’t understand We laughed a lot, but always learning, big thanks to my teachers.

During all my stay, I met a lot of people from everywhere, and this was perfect to practice Spanish outside of the class.

I felt so good in this school, it’s like a big family full of student and staff :-) You, who read this message, go to ECELA. You will really enjoy, have fun, learn about Chile, Santiago, and of course Spanish.

by Mattieu LaCoste from France

The quality and caliber of instruction and curriculum is unparalleled.

The quality and caliber of instruction and curriculum is unparalleled. I have been a high school English and ESL teacher for the past eight years in California and I stand in awe of the natural talent, insight and mastery of the ECELA teachers.

I truly believe that teaching a language to a non-native speaker is one of the most challenging callings on earth. My two teachers, Ricardo and Francisco, were unbelievably talented, patient and engaging in their instructional strategies and classroom management. As a teacher myself, I know the challenges of language instruction. I can truly say that in my career as an educator, these two teachers are the two most talented and effective in their classroom practice.

by Wendy Savinar from California

The time I spent at ECELA exceeded all expectations…

The time I spent at ECELA exceeded all expectations that I had going in. The teachers were absolutely amazing, and we also had a great time as a group going out on the town and experiencing the night life, as well as a host of other activities.

I also had the opportunity to volunteer at a local YMCA where I helped teach English which was very enjoyable and fun. All in all, I would recommend ECELA to anybody looking to learn spanish and have an amazing time in Latin America!!

by Nick Batlle from USA

Now, Spanish is like a second native language to me

I took an intensive two month course at ECELA while I lived in Chile for six months.  I had a great time from the very first day: the teachers were nice, their classes were really entertaining, and I learned a ton of things.

I also met a lot of people (other students) from different countries at ECELA.  Also, I really liked all of the activities that ECELA offered every week: excursions, cooking classes, soccer games…I wasn’t bored for a second.

I took one of the prep courses and passed the DELE with a really good score.  Now, Spanish is like a second native language to me, thanks to ECELA and the instructors (I’m still in contact with some of them).  The months I spent at the school have been some of the best months of my life!!

by Susanne Meier from Germany

The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture.

I’ve been to four of ECELA’s schools, and as a Spanish teacher I applaud their efforts in creating an enjoyable atmosphere for learning Spanish at all levels from beginner to advanced.

ECELA’s schools are more than just language schools, they are learning communities that support the sometimes challenging process of learning another language. The teachers and support staff are the key to the success.

The schools in Peru have been a very special experience for me. Through my experiences in Cusco and Lima, they have introduced me to a country that I’m sure I will return to.

I was pleasantly surprised by my experience in Lima. It exceeded my expectations in all ways. The city is exciting, the views in Miraflores are beautiful and the school was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m so glad I chose to complete my studies at ECELA here in the capital.

The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture. I highly recommend ECELA for its excellent program.

by Rich Hance from USA

I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined

When I decided to study at Ecela, I was looking for a school that had good classes and a comfortable environment. But when I got there, I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined.

The class structure was organized, and the small classes helped me learn quickly. The school’s staff was really kind and professional.

Also the school’s excursions are a great opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. The salsa classes and the barbecues were the most fun.

I recommend this school to everyone.

by Leslie Husbans from Barbados

The instructors are fun, dynamic, and really smart, and they have so much patience!

My experience at the school was nearly perfect. I met a lot of nice, friendly people, students and instructors alike. The instructors are fun, dynamic, and really smart, and they have so much patience! The school is really organized and hardly ever has any problems. The people at the school always want to help. They’re friendly and fantastic!!

by Thomas Fey from England

I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes.

The school is great all-around: classes, cleanliness, and organization. With a teacher as excellent as Carolina Villalobos, each lesson was clear and well-explained. That’s why I never left class with any unresolved questions.
I would have liked to have stayed longer, but it wasn’t possible.

Now that I have all the information, I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes. I’m thankful for the administration, the teacher, and my classmates. ¡¡¡Gracias!!!

by Ana Paula Santos from Brazil

I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

I studied on my own a little bit, never in a school, but I took a short Berlitz language class in the US. They [ECELA and Berlitz] are not even comparable.

ECELA is far better. Berlitz is world-renowned, but there is no comparison at all. The teachers at ECELA are trained in linguistics and how to teach language. I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

by Gerald Lucas from New Jersey

When I started, I knew nothing. But now I can speak Spanish to people and they understand me!

Hola, everyone!

Thank you so much for your time, your patience, and your help.
When I started, I knew nothing. But now I can speak Spanish to people and they understand me!
I was here for only two weeks, but I’d like to stay longer!

It’s so exciting to learn Spanish and meet so many great people at the same time.
Thank you for everything.

If I am ever in Miraflores I will definitely come and visit!

by Nicola Monk from England

ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I think I’m living proof that ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I’ve had a great time. My wife and I had an exceptional homestay. The woman we stayed with is an extraordinary cook. She was really generous with the food and with her time speaking with us in Spanish.

by Tom Heath from Maryland

I liked the fact that I had a different teacher every two weeks

I was in the school for 2 months and I had a nice time! Especially the private lessons I took were very useful. I had a combination of group lessons and private lessons and for me this was the best thing.

In the group lessons we learned a lot but we also had a lot of fun, and in the private lessons I had to speak an hour a day only in Spanish which was hard but very useful. I had really nice teachers and I liked the fact that I had a different teacher every two weeks. The school is nice and located in a nice neighborhood.

I loved the school and liked it very much that they organized a lot of activities in the week. We went out a lot with people from the school, students and staff, all together! The staff is very nice and because most of the people working there are still young it gives the school a nice and relaxed atmosphere.

by Tanja Reiter from Switzerland