Host families in Peru
Stay with a homestay in Peru to live the Peruvian life and speak Spanish at any moment. Living with host families in Cusco is by far the best way to learn a language and discover a culture. Our friendly Peruvian host families in Peru live 15 to 30 minutes from the school (walking or public transport).
AMAUTA guest families are carefully chosen and monitored through regular inspections and student feedback. You will live in a single room (with a key) and share other facilities with the family. The host families in Peru generally provide two meals a day. However, they can also cater to extra meals and special diets, such as vegetarians and diabetics (there is a surcharge for a vegan diet).
While living with host families in Peru, our students speak Spanish with their hosts in total immersion. There's no better way to improve your Spanish language skills and learn about the local culture outside of class!
Host Family - Plus
The host family plus package offers students a slightly higher comfort level than the standard option. For example, your bedroom might be larger while the home generally provides more comfort, such as a courtyard, a terrace, or a small garden. In addition, the food is more adapted to the student's desires, and host family Plus packages include a laundry service (through AMAUTA) once per week.
The host family plus is especially suited for those who want to be away from the bustling city center and enjoy a bit more comfort in the city's more quiet residential areas. The host families that offer the 'plus' services to live a bit further away from the city center, still offering the option to be at school within 25-35 minutes. You can reserve a host family plus and request a private bathroom (subject to availability).
Host Families in Cusco: quick facts
Lunch and/or dinner included
10 – 25 mnts distance
Private or shared bathroom
Shared Living Room
Meals with a Host family
Most Peruvian people do not have an extended breakfast (desayuno). They will service you bread with coffee or tea, or some days with milk or fresh fruit juice. During some days, there will be something extra like an egg, cheese, or avocado. Yoghurt is a bit more expensive in Peru.
Lunch (almuerzo) is the largest meal of the day for the Peruvian people and usually is very family orientated. During lunch you will maximize the opportunity to practice Spanish and learn about local culture while also enjoying traditional Peruvian food.
Lunch takes mostly place between 13.00 and 15.00. There might be a starter or a soup; Peruvians love soup. For the main course, most dishes will be served with rice, potatoes and noodles. Peruvians do eat a lot of meat, but there are some great vegetarian dishes too. A few Typical Peruvian dishes – not all daily meals – are: Tallerín con Pollo, Lomo Saltado, Ají de Gallina, Pollo al Horno. A popular fish dish is Trucha. Popular Peruvian ingredients are ají (hot peppers), garlic, unions, quinoa, potatoes, tomatoes, eggs, rice and more.