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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.  

6 reasons to consider Peru for your Gap Year

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Saturday November 30, 2019 - Posted by
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6 reasons to consider Peru for your Gap year

6 reasons to consider Peru for your Gap Year

Did you just finish high school and are you uncertain about what to do next? Do you need a break from studying and want to explore the world?

There are many gap year programs to choose from and you might have some great gap year ideas.  Keep reading and find out why Peru is the Perfect Destination for your Gap Year!

 

  1. Peru has it all!

Peru is a diverse country with many different climates and environments. Go trekking in the Andean mountains or rafting, or quad riding; go surfing and swimming at the coast, go sandboarding in dessert or go for a ride in a sand buggy and explore Peru’s wildlife in the rainforest and the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu.  Because Peru has it all!

 

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Hidden Gems in Cusco for Spanish students

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Saturday November 16, 2019 - Posted by
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Hidden Gems in Cusco for Spanish students

Hidden Gems in Cusco for Spanish students

So you just made it to Peru, and you will learn Spanish in Peru in Cusco – in the wonderful and picturesque town of the Incas. You will dive into the culture and find new, exotic places to eat, explore, and dance! You are interested in the Spanish language and the culture, so you likely do not want to be the typical tourist. So where will you go, then? What will you do? Discover Hidden gems in Cusco for Spanish students.

Cusco has plenty of classic and popular places popular for tourists and travellers in Peru. Indigo, Limbos, and Papachos, for example, attract many tourists, and for a good reason! However, it is always satisfying to find a secret place that the majority of tourists don’t know about, or only locals find their way. Taking Spanish classes in Cusco, you want something more. You want to explore the Peruvian culture as it is. Keep reading, because we give you our favourite “hole in the wall” places around Cusco for our Spanish students, that not your everyday tourist in Cusco will know about. Be ready to do some exploring in Cusco. (more…)

Peruvian Slang You Must Know!

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Friday November 01, 2019 - Posted by
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Peruvian Slang You Must Know!

Peruvian Slang You Must Know!

Most people who want to speak Spanish start by taking Spanish classes in their home country. They will study the formal aspects of the Spanish language: conjugations, basic vocabulary, Spanish grammar….  But once these are learned, you may find yourself traveling to a Spanish-speaking country such as Peru and realize that the local slang can be almost as important! For the students taking Spanish classes in Peru, we have compiled this list with ten pieces of  Peruvian slang or ‘jerga’. We think it will be handy during your experience learning Spanish in Peru. This is the Peruvian Slang you Must Know! (more…)

De 5 beste Hiking Avonturen in Peru Voor Jouw Bucket List

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Tuesday October 15, 2019 - Posted by
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The 5 Best Peru Hiking Adventures For Your Bucket List

De 5 beste Hiking Avonturen in Peru Voor Jouw Bucket List

Met de bergrug van het Andesgebergte die de lengte van Peru in tweeen splijt, en met 6.000 meter prachtige bergen – genoeg om de ervaren hiker te doen duizelen – is Peru een absoluut walhalla voor trekkers. De beste trektochten in Peru zijn gemakkelijk te bereiken vanuit Cuzco of met een busreis vanuit Lima. Dus trek je wandelschoenen aan en maak je klaar om op pad te gaan! Dit zijn de 5 beste hiking avonturen in Peru voor jouw bucket list!

1. De Inca Trail Naar Machu Picchu, Cuzco

De beroemdste van alle wandelroutes in Peru is zonder twijfel de Inca Trail, die je rechtstreeks naar Machu Picchu leidt. Het is een klassieker, een prachtige hike die de geschiedenis en sublieme landschappen laat zien en je de kans geeft om je reis te beëindigen op precies dezelfde manier als de Inca: op het voormalige landgoed voor Inca royalty. (more…)

All about Cusco nightlife

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Monday July 15, 2019 - Posted by
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All about Cusco Nightlife

All about Cusco nightlife

Shortly after arrival in Peru, our students taking Spanish courses in Cusco discover that Cusco is a city full of celebrations and cultural events. The night life in Cusco is no different. With a copious amount of options, you may feel overwhelmed and ambiguous about their decision.  That’s why we have prepared this brief guide to nightlife in Cusco.

 

Indigo: to start the night

To start the the night, Indigo is highly recommended. This relaxing environment is the perfect place to decompress from a day of exploring before an exciting night out. Coffee, juice and milkshakes are some of the beverages you can enjoy, in addition to alcoholic beverages.  Indigo also specialize in Thai and Peruvian food. This popular hangout has several games, free WIFI, and hookah.

Located at Tecsecona 415 Cusco, this place is visited by many AMAUTA Spanish School students regularly. Tip! Take advantage of the student discount, exclusively for AMAUTA students!

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40 Spanish phrases you should know

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Monday July 08, 2019 - Posted by
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40 Spanish phrases you should know

40 Spanish phrases you should know

There are few things more frustrating than floundering with the local language while traveling.

Many of us are probably guilty of using hand signals and a Spanish word here or there, but it’s not exactly the best way to communicate if you want to get the most out of your stay in Latin America.

If you’re headed to Peru , knowing some Spanish will help you better understand the culture and make your trip much more fulfilling. (this being said: if you really want to get serious about your Spanish, there’s no better way to do it than by taking Spanish lessons in Peru.)

While you don’t need to know how to discuss the state of the global economy with the people in Peru, you should at least know the basics in Spanish like introductions, ordering meals and getting from A to B on a bus. Therefore, we made the following list for you with 40 Spanish Phrases you should know.
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31 Fun Fast Facts about Peru!

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Tuesday June 18, 2019 - Posted by
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31 Fun Fast Facts about Peru!

31 Fun Fun Fast Facts about Peru —- For many different reasons, Peru is a popular destination for a Spanish course abroad.

The spoken Spanish is very clear, the people friendly and the travel options endless: think Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, the Inca trail, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, the beach, the jungle, and much more. Also, Peru is one of the most affordable options to study Spanish in Latin America. On top, there are great options for volunteering in Peru and the Peruvian food is amazing.

 

But there is much more to learn about Peru. Here are 31 Fun Fast Facts about Peru for you to read while preparing for your trip to Peru! (more…)

DO’s and DONT’s voor het wonen bij een gastgezin tijdens je cursus Spaans

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Wednesday May 29, 2019 - Posted by
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Wonen bij een gastgezin tijdens je cursus Spaans

Wonen in een gastgezin tijdens je cursus Spaans  in Peru is een geweldige ervaring en een belangrijk onderdeel van je talencursus in Cusco. Bij AMAUTA Spanish School werken we met ervaren gastgezinnen in Peru en Argentinië en we zijn trots om te kunnen zeggen dat 98% van de studenten het verblijf in een gastgezin heel positief heeft ervaren en vond dat het echt iets extra’s aan hun studie Spaans heeft toegevoegd.

Toch kan wonen in het buitenland, in een onbekend land met een nieuwe cultuur waarvan je de taal niet spreekt, erg spannend en zelfs wat eng zijn. Het vraagt ook zeker wel wat flexibiliteit van beiden; van jou en van het gastgezin waar je terecht komt.

Om het meeste uit je gastgezinervaring te kunnen halen, volgt hier een lijst met Do’s en Dont’s gebaseerd op de ervaringen van onze studenten Spaans in Peru en Argentinie.
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Qué hacer y qué No hacer cuando se vive con una familia anfitriona durante tu curso de español

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Wednesday May 29, 2019 - Posted by
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Qué hacer y qué No hacer cuando se vive con una Familia Anfitriona

durante tu Curso de Español

Vivir con una familia de acogida durante tus estudios de español es una experiencia increíble y un componente importante de la mayoría de los programas de estudio en el extranjero. La Escuela de Español AMAUTA te ofrece una experiencia de estadía en una casa de familia: AMAUTA trabaja con familias de acogida con experiencia en Perú y Argentina y estamos felices de decir que el 98% de los estudiantes de la experiencia de la familia de acogida ha sido grandiosa y un valiosa complemento a tus estudios de español.

Sin embargo, vivir en el extranjero en un nuevo país con una nueva cultura cuando usted no habla el idioma español, también puede ser intimidante y requiere una buena dosis de flexibilidad por parte de ambos, tuya y la de tu anfitrión.

Para sacar el máximo provecho de tu experiencia en la familia, aquí una breve lista de las cosas por hacer y no hacer
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Living with a host family during your Spanish course

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Wednesday May 22, 2019 - Posted by
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Living with a host family during your spanish course

 Living with a host family during your Spanish course

Living with a local guest family during your Spanish course in Peru is an amazing experience and an important component of most study abroad programs. AMAUTA Spanish School also offers this home stay experience in Cusco and in Buenos Aires. AMAUTA works with a great group of experienced guest families in both Peru and Argentina, carefully selected and monitored by our staff. We are happy to say that 98% of our students found that the host family experience was great; they mention it was a valuable complement to their Spanish studies.

However, living abroad in a new country with a new culture  – especially when you do not speak the Spanish language – can also be daunting and it requires a good deal of flexibility from both you and your host.  We think the following list of TIPS will be helpful for you when you plan on  living with a host family during your Spanish Course in Cusco . Check it out and let us know! (more…)