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Todd Kort wrote at 2013-01-03 23:36:03
Guanajuato a a great city in Mexico to study Spanish, with several available Spanish schools.  It is a college town with beautiful colonial architecture and mild mountain weather.



Another great place to study Spanish is Guatemala.  If you are going to study for a month or longer, it is worth the extra travel expense to journey a bit farther south.  Spanish lessons in Mexico are hard to find for less than $10/hour, whereas in Guatemala lessons cost less than half as much at most schools.  Guatemala is one of the poorest (yet very safe) countries in the western hemisphere and the cost of Spanish lessons, food and accommodations are much lower than you will find in anywhere in Mexico (actually, any other Spanish-speaking country).



There are three main cities/areas in Guatemala with lots of Spanish schools: 1) Antigua (a nice colonial town near Guatemala City, with lots of foreign tourists); 2) small towns such as San Pedro along the shoreline of Lake Atitlan -- one of the most beautiful lakes in the world; and 3) Xela (Quetzaltenango) - a city in the highlands.  I have studied at each of these locations and highly recommend all of them.



Guatemala365.com is an excellent website for comparing the Spanish schools in that country.  Another useful site is 123teachme.com for Spanish classes in several Latin American countries.  



The quality of teaching varies from school to school and teacher to teacher, but the most important factor is your own efforts to study and practice what you have learned.  


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I cannot answer car permit questions. I can intelligently answer just about any question about driving in mainland Mexico, living in Mexico and hot springs in Mexico. I do not recommend specific hotels, there are quidebooks for that. I am not a Baja expert. That is a different part of the country and there are plenty of people who know more about it than I do. Naturally, I have a web site (www.mexicomike.com) and make a living with personal consultations, but am here to offer good advice for general topics for free. But please understand that I can't answer detailed questions about moving or extensive driving trips to Mexico here without being unfair to my paying clients. And please, no car permit questions.

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Driving Mexico -- I have been driving to Mexico since 1968 and writing travel guides for drivers to Mexico since 1984. I frequently drive the country and have a reputation for honesty and integrity. I will tell people the plusses and minuses of traveling in and living in Mexico. Living in Mexico -- I have lived and done business in Mexico. My book, 'Live Better South of the Border' has been in print since 1997 and speaks to people of all ages, not just retirees. Hot springs of Mexico -- I have been researching and enjoying Mexican hot sprigs since the lsat 1980's. My book 'Spas & Hot Springs of Mexico' was the first book on Mexico's hot springs. It is now out of print, but selling for $60 or so on Amazon as a collector's item.

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Chamber of Commerce, McAllen TX International Committee, Chamber of Commerce, McAllen, TX

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Frommers, Fommers, Insight Guides, Dallas Morning News, Mexico Business Magazine, McAllen Monitor, Mexico City News, San Miguel de Allende paper 'Atencion' and so on

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As the author of more than a dozen books on Mexico and psychology, I believe that speaks for my being educated.

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NY Times -- Profiled for writing about driving Mexico. Wall Street Journal -- Profiled for writing about driving Mexico. Texas Monthly -- ditto. Former Mecia Spokesman (1997) for the Mexican Tourimm Ministry

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