If you’ve got the travel bug but can’t get away or want to travel from your classroom, exploring with virtual field trips is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the language, culture, and history of the Spanish-speaking world. Be sure to make a note of the “trips” you love best to share with your students during the school year. Here are seven different ideas for virtual field trips to Spanish-speaking countries:
- Machu Picchu, Peru: Take a virtual tour of the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu and explore its stunning design with 360-degree views. Then learn about the history and significance of this UNESCO World Heritage site by going to Peru’s Ministry of Culture website.
- The Alhambra, Spain: Immerse yourself in the intricate Islamic architecture of the Alhambra, an awe-inspiring palace and complex in Granada, Spain that includes the beautiful, sprawling gardens of the Generalife.
- Teotihuacan, Mexico: Massive pyramids and a rich cultural history await you in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Embark on a virtual tour of this Mesoamerican city that includes the famous Pyramid of the Sun and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Surround yourself with the uniquely exquisite and diverse wildlife of the Galapagos Islands ecosystem. Blue footed boobies, vampire finches, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises have all learned how to survive and thrive in this harsh yet fascinating environment.
- Cartagena, Colombia: Colorful, lively, and truly Caribbean! Explore the narrow streets and colonial architecture of Cartagena, which do not disappoint—even when visiting them virtually.
- San Juan, Puerto Rico: The capital of Puerto Rico and its most populous city, San Juan is full of historical sites, such as El Morro and La Fortaleza. There are also many beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, and opportunities to explore through kayaking.
- Barcelona, Spain: Travel to Barcelona with a virtual tour to see all of Antoni Gaudí’s most renowned works: La Sagrada Familia (the famous work in progress), the whimsical Park Güell, and the iconic Casa Battlo.
By Kelli Drummer-Avendano