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Hola!  Welcome to the AMAUTA Spanish Schools blog!

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.  

How altitude in Cusco will affect your body

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Friday February 26, 2016 - Posted by
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How altitude in Cusco will affect your body

How the Altitude in Cusco will affect your body when learning Spanish in Cusco

It is one of the Frequently Asked Questions for the AMAUTA course counsellors from students that are about to register for our Spanish courses in Peru: how will the altitude in Cusco affect my body?

Will I get soroche, altitude sickness? Will I be bothered by the altitude? Will I be strong enough to live and learn Spanish in Cusco at 3400 meters above sea level? And what should I do to avoid soroche?

Fortunately, we can always confirm that the altitude is hardly ever a problem for our Spanish students*. We do recommend all our students to rest upon arrival, and take it easy during the first days so your body can adjust to the altitude before their start their Spanish classes in Cusco. (more…)

How a Volunteer in Cusco did a great job

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Wednesday February 17, 2016 - Posted by
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How a Volunteer in Cusco did a great job

Laura, one of the participants on our Spanish and Volunteer program in Peru, has been volunteering at an orphanage in Cusco for the past few weeks. She has grown really close to the young girls there and has been such a creative volunteer!

From doing different activities at the orphanage to taking them to the local pool, she has made the past weeks a memorable experience for the girls. (more…)

Your Guide to Using Public Transport in Buenos Aires

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Monday February 15, 2016 - Posted by
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Your Guide to Using Public Transport in Buenos Aires

In the huge city of Buenos Aires it is easy to get lost, so travel tips are always welcome. One app that everyone visiting Buenos Aires should consider installing is “cómo llego buenos aires”. This app helps you find your way around the city; it shows routes of public transport, car, cycling and walking. Especially if you are planning to travel by public transport, this app is very useful, because it calculates the duration of your journey and offers the available means of transport. So, now that you know there are numberous possiblities to get around the city, the next question is: What is the easiest, cheapest, and best transport to use? (more…)

My Candelaria Experience as a Spanish Student in Peru

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Friday February 12, 2016 - Posted by
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My Candelaria Experience as a Spanish Student in Peru

The Candelaria festival in Puno is the third largest festival in South America. It takes place every year in February on the edge of Lake Titicaca, in Southern Peru, which has an elevation of 3,810 meters. Thousands of dancers flock to this festival with their amazing costumes, and thousands of tourists observe the event. If you are in Peru in February, to participate in a Spanish course, or just to travel in Peru, you should definitely make it a priority to go to this festival!

I went to the festival with a group of fellow students from Amauta Spanish School. We could not wait to celebrate Candelaria with the people of Puno. Here are a few things that made our experience unforgettable: (more…)

Carnaval Craziness in Cusco

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Wednesday February 10, 2016 - Posted by
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Carnaval Craziness in Cusco

Every year, Carnaval is celebrated throughout Peru during the month of February. This means that people run around spraying each other with shaving cream and dousing each other with buckets of water. Just this past weekend, some of our students learning Spanish in Peru got the full experience of Carnaval in Cusco:

Angela says”: ´´When I got here last week, my luggage didn´t come, so I had to go out and buy stuff this weekend. All of a sudden 5 Peruvian guys ambushed me with shaving cream and water. One of them put a water balloon on my neck so then it broke and I was soaked. It was fun!´ (more…)

Seven thoughts that crossed my mind during my first weeks in Buenos Aires

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Friday February 05, 2016 - Posted by
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Seven thoughts that crossed my mind during my first weeks in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is an amazing city, full of surprises.
The seven thoughts and questions below came to my mind, during my first weeks as a student taking Spanish courses in Buenos Aires. I am curious to know: what were your first impressing of this big, stunning metropole in Argentina? How did you feel during the first days?

I can’t understand anyone. I thought they spoke Spanish in Argentina?!

Argentine Spanish or castellano is unlike any other Spanish dialects in South America. It has a very heavy Italian influence, because of the many Italians immigrants that arrived to Buenos Aires in the 19th and 20th centuries. (more…)