Spanish School Peru: AMAUTA

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Spanish School AMAUTA in Cusco, Peru is the best place to learn Spanish in Peru. We provide in-depth Spanish lessons and a cultural immersion experience for everyone. Our students step outside of the Spanish classroom to enjoy the Peruvian culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru. During or after your Spanish lesson, you can, volunteer in Peru where you will really get the chance to improve your Spanish language skills and give back to the Peruvian community.

Here at the AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep our Spanish alumni, current and future students, and anyone who is interested in Peruvian and Latin American culture, the most relevant information about what is happening in Peru. We´ll post fun articles about our Spanish School in Peru, Tips to learn Spanish, how to get the most out of your Spanish classes in Cusco, advice on how to prepare for your trip to Peru, life in Cusco, Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian festivals, what to do in Cusco, and much more.

After reading our blog, you’ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru! Hasta pronto!

¿Cómo y dónde celebrar el Año Nuevo en Cusco?

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Cusco, la antigua capital de los incas, es una ciudad relativamente pequeña , agradable, llena de cultura , tradiciones y diversión, es el lugar perfecto para pasar la Nochevieja, no sólo para los estudiantes de AMAUTA los cuales están aprendiendo español en el Perú sino para muchos otros viajeros. La ciudad del Cusco es sin duda un lugar mágico, muchos viajeros se reúnen aquí para las celebraciones de Año Nuevo . Pero, ¿dónde ir? ¿Cómo saber cuál es el lugar correcto para para pasar la Nochevieja en Cusco?

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How and where to celebrate New Years Eve in Cusco

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How and where to celebrate New Years Eve in Cusco

Cusco – the old inca town and now a small, pleasant city full of culture, traditions, and fun- is the place to spend your New Years Eve, not only for AMAUTA students learning Spanish in Peru but for many other travelers as well. The city of Cusco certainly is a magical place to be and many travellers come together here for New Years celebrations.

But where to go? How do you know which is thé place to be to spend new Years Eve in Cusco?
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Santurantikuy en Cusco Peru

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Santurantikuy Christmas markets in Cusco Peru

Si estas estudiando español en Perú por estas fechas navideñas, uno de los eventos navideños más importantes que puedes visitar, es el mercado Navideño de Santurantikuy en Cusco.

Esta importante feria es una tradición Cusqueña que se da desde hace más de 500 años y se lleva a cabo en la víspera de Navidad, si tienes la oportunidad de visitarla deberías hacerlo, ya que es cien por ciento recomendable. Y de todos modos es difícil pasarla por alto, ya que tiene lugar en la Plaza de Armas desde muy temprano. El Santurantikuy comienza a las 4am del 24 de diciembre, cuando los primeros artesanos llegan con sus coloridas mercancías para vender, y dura hasta bien entrada la noche del 24 de diciembre.
La palabra ” Santurantikuy ” está en Quechua, idioma original de los peruanos, el cual sigue siendo hablado por muchas personas en Cusco y otras regiones del Perú, la palabra podría traducirse como ” Venta de los Santos “ . Cerámicas religiosas dominan el mercado, y de acuerdo a los artesanos locales, les llevan alrededor de 6 meses el desarrollarlas perfectamente a mano. Esta devoción espiritual ha sido muy bien descrita por un portavoz del Santurantikuy : “Para crear hay que creer, y esta fe de la comunidad andina está fomentando la esperanza de mantener vivas las tradiciones , la cultura ” .

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Santurantikuy Christmas markets in Cusco Peru

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Santurantikuy Christmas markets in Cusco Peru

Santurantikuy Christmas market in Cusco Peru

One of the most important Christmas events that you can visit if you Learn Spanish in Peru these days, is the Santurantikuy Christmas market in Cusco.

This important fair has been a Cusco Christmas Eve tradition for over 500 years and if you have the opportunity to visit you certainly should. It is hard to miss anyway, as it takes place on the Plaza de Armas from early in the morning on. Santurantikuy begins around 4am on December 24th when the first artisans arrive with their colorful wares to peddle, and it lasts well into the evening of December 24th.

 

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Peruvian Nativities Cusco typical for Christmas

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Peruvian Nativities in Cusco

Peruvian Nativities Cusco typical for Christmas

A deep-rooted custom in culture and Peruvian folklore, are the “nacimientos”: nativity scenes. As a Spanish student in Cusco, you will see many of those during the December month.

The assembly of the nativity is a tradition that, at the beginning of the colonial stage, used to be an instrument for evangelization brought from Spain by the Congregation of the Jesuits. Throughout the years, each region in Peru started to develop it’s own ”nacimientos” based on typical elements of each region. A nativity in Cusco, for example, is very different from the typical ones from Lima or Ayacucho, where the nativities are called ‘retablos’. Each province has it’s own way to show their Christmas fervor.

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Representaciones de Nacimientos Peruanos, una gran costumbre Cusqueña

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23Dec
Peruvian Nativities in Cusco

Una de la costumbres más arraigadas en la cultura y el folklore peruano , son los ” Nacimientos o belenes ” .

El conjunto de la Natividad es una tradición que se da desde comienzos de la etapa colonial , en esos tiempos lo usaban como instrumento para la evangelización traída de España por la Congregación de los jesuitas. Con el pasar del tiempo, cada región en el Perú comenzó a desarrollar sus propios ” Nacimientos “, basada en elementos típicos de cada región. Un belén Cusqueño, por ejemplo, es muy diferente a los típicos de Lima o Ayacucho, donde los nacimientos son llamados ” retablos ” . Cada provincia tiene su propia manera de mostrar su fervor de Navidad. En las provincias del norte de Perú los nacimientos están hechos de imágenes de barro, otras provincias mezclan la cultura inca y española e incorporan elementos de diferentes épocas. También los ” Ashaninka ” – los pueblos indígenas de la selva – tienen sus propios belenes de Navidad y rituales: los belenes son visitados por pequeños pastores que cantan villancicos al Niño .

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Chocolatada para los niños peruanos

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20Dec
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Durante el mes de diciembre, muchas instituciones públicas y privadas de Cusco, así como otras instituciones organizan Eventos Navideños en solidaridad con los menos afortunados. A estas fiestas de solidaridad Navideñas se les llama también “Chocolatadas” y su objetivo es llevar un poco del espíritu Navideño y también chocolate caliente, biscocho o “panetón” (un pastel o pan dulce de origen italiano con pasas) a la gente, y algunos juguetes para los niños.
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Chocolatada for Peruvian kids with volunteers in Cusco

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Chocolatada for Peruvian kids with volunteers in Cusco

As a Spanish students in Cusco you will see that during the month of December, many public and private institutions in Cusco as well as other organizations organize Christmas Events out of solidarity with the less fornutate. Those solidarity Christmas parties are also called chocolatadas .  Chocolatadas aim to bring a bit of Christmas joy includig hot chocolate, biscocho or “paneton” (a cake or sweet bread of Italian origine with raisins) to the people, and Christmas toys for the children.  AMAUTA organizes a yearly chocolatada too!
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Interesting donation for the gerontological center of Cusco by AMAUTA Volunteer

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Interesting donation for the gerontological center of Cusco by AMAUTA Volunteer

Last Thursday, December 12 the donation of our volunteer Judith Eigeman became effective in the Gerontological Center “San Franciso de Asis” in Cusco. Judith, after having done volunteer work at this project earlier this year, had sent a donation of 100 euros. The AMAUTA Volunteer coordinator, in charge of all volunteer placements that also coordinates the support AMAUTA and the AMAUTA Volunteers give to the project, happily went to buy a blood pressure monitor together with the director of the Center. With a bit of extra money that was left, the Director could also buy “mazamorra” for all the people attending the center: mazamorra is one of Peru’s favorites maize-based desserts.
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Living in a student residence in Buenos Aires Argentina

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residence in Buenos Aires Argentina

Accommodation is an important component of your Spanish studies with us in Buenos Aires (Argentina), or in Cusco (Peru). Therefore we select our options carefully. Learning Spanish will be so much easier when you feel at easy and comfortable where you are living.

In Buenos Aires you can choose to live with a local Argentine host family, which is a great opportunity to get to know Argentine culture by sharing your daily life with Argentine people. Of course this very good to practice what you’ve learned in Spanish classes in real life situations.

A great alternative for a family homestay, is to live in one of our comfortable and conveniently located student residences in buenos Aires.
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