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At our Spanish Schools in Cusco and Buenos Aires, we provide the best Spanish courses and cultural immersion experiences for our students.  We encourage our students to step outside of the Spanish classroom, to enjoy the local culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru and Argentina.  During or after finishing your Spanish course, we greatly encourage participation in our volunteer program in Cusco or Buenos Aires, where you will really get the chance to practice and improve your  Spanish language skills and give back to local community.

Here at our AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep you posted about what is happening out our Spanish schools, as well as what´s going on in and around the cities of Cusco and Buenos Aires.  We´ll also post fun articles about Peruvian and Argentinian culture, cuisine,  local fiestas, what to see in Cusco, & where to go in Buenos Aires, etc. 

We´ll include advice about which weekend excursions to sign up for and which free cultural activities are available. And after reading our section of student reports, you´ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA in Cusco and Buenos Aires.  

5 typical Argentinian sweet treats you must try!

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5 typical argentinian sweet treats

As you might have noticed, Argentina has an enormous selection of cookies, sweets, cakes and desserts. To give you an overview of the best sweet treats to try, we created a top 5:

  1. Dulce de Leche
    Dulce de Leche literally means “candy of milk.” This sweet, brown paste is made from condensed milk, sugar and baking powder, which is all slowly cooked together until it becomes a caramel paste. This heavenly sweet paste is mostly used as a spread on cakes, cookies, pancakes, ice-cream and other desserts. I recommend trying Dulce de Leche Ice-cream in one of the many heladerias (ice-cream shops). If you are a real sugar lover, you should go for Dulce de Leche Tentación. Warning: many students have become addicted to this paste.
  2. Alfajores
    These cookies are simply delicious! They exist in many different sizes and forms, which is only more reason to try them all! (Not all at once though, if you want to avoid a stomach ache.) These sandwich cookies are filled with dulce de leche, jam or chocolate mousse. They are often dusted in powdered sugar or have a chocolate or meringue coating. The one pictured is an Alfajor de Maicena and these are the ones you see in most panaderías (bakeries). The other famous alfajor is the Marplatense, which is covered in chocolate. You can find these sweet galletitas (cookies) in every bakery, supermarket or kiosco, and there are even special alfajores shops, such as Havanna.
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Escape the city of Cusco (Peru) and relax in peaceful Ollantaytambo

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After a few weeks of Spanish course in Cusco, some of our students are looking for a nice and quit weekend get-away. If you are looking for some ‘tranquilidad’ and you like to visit a typical Peruvian village at the countryside, away from the daily hassle and partying in Cusco, I recommend the small town of Ollantaytambo. This is a perfect escape from the city of Cusco. From the bus station in Calle Pavitos in Cusco it takes only 1,5 up till 2 hours by bus to get to Ollantaytambo, located at 80 km northwest of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the price of a one way bus ticket is approximately 10 soles. The bus ride will give you an amazing view of the countryside in Cusco, immediately after leaving the city. Passing by the countryside, you will see people with traditional clothes and cattle grazing on the side of the road, close to their small, traditional houses. At the background, the top of the mountains covered with snow. Once arriving in Ollantaytambo, all you’ll see are mountains, the typical inca walls, few people and some kids playing on the streets. You’ll hear the sound of a rippling stream, breath in fresh air and enjoy the warmer weather. As Ollantaytambo is located at 2700 above sea level, it is definitely a bit warmer than Cusco (3400 mtrs above sea level), which is a nice change. You will notice the difference, especially during the nights.

Volunteer donates new floor to project in Cusco!

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Volunteer Lawrence donate a new floor

The volunteer work of Lawrence Goun (United States) is almost coming to an end. Lawrence – a student of Labor Relations back home – has been doing volunteer work in Peru for a total duration of 8 weeks, at a clinic in Cusco. This clinic – run by a religious order – offers free treatment to mentally and/or physically disabled children.

Before arriving to Peru Lawrence (21 years) already knew he wanted to work with disabled children. He used to volunteer with those children at home and he was interested on getting a chance to work in a totally different culture. At first hesitating between Peru and Vietnam, he finally chose Peru because the project would be attending volunteers over Christmas and New Year. It is always sad and hard for kids to be separated from their families, but even more at Christmas time. For this reason, it was very important for Lawrence to be able to volunteer during that time of the year. Moreover, Lawrence has been learning Spanish since the age of 8. Coming to Peru was the perfect opportunity to practice his Spanish skills!