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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.
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It is tradition in Cusco to have a feast of 12 plates either on Thursday or Friday of Holy Week or Semana Santa as it’s called in Spanish. Traditionally, it was done on Thursday, the day before Christ was crucified, in accordance with Jesus´s Last Supper with his disciples. However, some families celebrate the feast of the 12 plates of Friday Viernes Santo so that the whole family can attend. Families in Peru congregate to remember Christ´s sacrifice and gather around the table to fellowship together.
The 12 plates are diverse, but meat is not allowed because most people are doing a red meat fast in honor of Christ. Usually there are 6 salty dishes and 6 sweet dishes, and these dishes vary among families depending on their preferences.
One thing you will notice during the first days of your Spanish course in Buenos Aires: you see many, many people drinking from beautifully shaped “tea cup” through a metal straw. This is the typical Argentine mate you might have heard of.
Mate is a hot drink prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate and hot water. It is served in a gourd, a mate or a “guampa” in (Argentine) Spanish, and they drink it with a metal straw, a ‘bombilla’.
Mate is a powerful antioxidant that contains many vitamins (A, B, C, E) and it has cholesterol-lowering properties.
The first time I tried it I thought it was very strong and bitter! Like when you are preparing tea but you left the teabag too long in your cup. However, after a few days I started to like actually like it. And the good thing is that it contains a lot of caffeine! Perfect! (more…)
Many people, mostly in the United States and Europe, have something known as Celiac Disease, which is an allergy to gluten. Some people are also gluten-intolerant, which also requires the elimination of gluten from the diet. Traveling with this kind of dietary restriction can be very tricky, especially in countries such as Peru, where a gluten allergy is not well-known. Also for our Spanish students in Cusco, living in Cusco can be a bit of a challenges when they have gluten allergy. Therefore, we have prepared this short article with tips and tricks to live and learn Spanish in Cusco with a gluten allergy.
Most websites and doctors might suggest bringing a ´´cheat sheet´´ when eating out in restaurants so that the waiter can read exactly what you can and cannot eat. However, the problem is that most people in Peru have never heard the words ´´gluten´´ and ´´Celiac.´´ Furthermore, when you say the word ´´allergy,´´ people in your home country would probably take that very seriously, whereas here in Peru, many people do not have a lot of experience with it yet and don´t think it´s a big deal. (more…)
Thinking about volunteering in Latin America? Peru offers the perfect posibilities for volunteering! Not only are there opportunities in almost every kind of work field, but you will also be able to practice your Spanish immersing into the Peruvian culture!
For many study programs it is useful if not mandatory to engage in some practical work that prepares the student for their future career. Very often this is why students decide to engage in a volunteer project in another country. But volunteering is not just working for free. You will get plenty of things out of this experience! Volunteering in Peru can accompany perfectly your Spanish Classes in Cusco helping you to first-hand practice what you have recently learnt while living in Peru! Not only will you connect to the Peruvian culture in an entirely personal way, but you will gain valuable experiences that will make you see your travel-country through different eyes. (more…)
Why not come to learn Spanish in Peru in March or April? From the 20th to the 27th of March 2016 you will be able to witness a fascinating festival in the city of Cusco that combines Andean and Christian traditions: Semana Santa. The Holy Week in the ancient centre of the Inca Empire is considered one of the most important weeks of the year and gives us an exciting insight into Peruvian culture: the perfect setting for a Spanish immersion course in Cusco. Don’t miss this unique experience and don’t miss the special discount! (see below)
Taking us back to the events of 1650, the procession of Holy Monday marks the beginning of the festivities. On this day, the black figure of Christ is carried out into the public and is followed by crowds of sightseers hoping to get a glimpse of the significant statue. (more…)
Every since I arrived in Cusco for my Spanish Immersion Program in Peru, there are some questions that keep coming up and some thoughts that I continue to ask myself since arriving in Cusco. Do you want to know which ones?
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Shop till you drop in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is the perfect place to live your dream as a shopaholic, as there are plenty of shopping malls to visit. The term “shop till you drop” has arguably been invented here in Argentina.
Are you one of those students at our school here in Buenos Aires that love shopping? Here are some options for you, for a nice weekend of a afternoon after Spanish class in Buenos Aires.
Check out the list below in order to discover the best shopping malls to visit while you are in Buenos Aires.
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The Best Spanish of Latin America is spoken in Peru!
According to a survey conducted by the University of Chile in 2013, Peruvians speak the best Spanish in Latin America. Apart from other measures, the study concentrated on pronunciation and use of vocabulary. (Chile itself was among the worst Spanish speaking countries in the study …) (more…)
My Secret Spot in Cusco.
How many articles in travel books have you read on the “Top 10 sites” in Cusco, while you were preparing your trip for your Spanish immersion course in Peru? Most of them feature a list of the most famous and well known ruins, churches or museums that “you should not miss!”. But have you heard of this secret spot?
Although most ruins require the “Boleto Turistico or Visitors Ticket” to enter, this site is free and is also close to the city center of Cusco! The Templo de la Luna (Temple of the moon) is about 60 minutes walking distance from the Plaza de Armas and yet seems to be well hidden. If you feel like doing a bit of exercise and want to enjoy a beautiful day in the Cusco countryside, you should take a look at this ancient temple!