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.
When you don’t know what to do in Buenos Aires on one of these cold and rainy days in Argentina, we have the following list for you. To cheer up a cold afternoon, after Spanish classes in Buenos Aires.
On Netflix there is a whole section of Latin American movies. Immerse yourself in the continent and watch series, movies and documentaries. You will also learn a lot of Spanish as most series are in Spanish, some in Brazilian, however, there are Spanish subtitles.
A Guide to the Nicest Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires
If you are planning on coming to Argentina for a Spanish course in Buenos Aires, one of the most important things you have to arrange is housing. Of course you have the option to take a homestay through the school and for sure you will have a great experience.
However, if you wish to arrange your own accommodation, the following information is very usefull for you. Buenos Aires is a very big city with many neighborhoods, and if you have never been to this city, it might be difficult to choose a particular neighborhood.
I have experienced this myself before coming to Buenos Aires for my internship in Argentina and I was really puzzled by the many neighborhoods and the many different suggestions that people made about them. (more…)
Different countries have different traditions and customs. When you are all set up for your Spanish course in Argentina and you don’t want to be the ignorant outsider who doesn’t know anything about the Argentinean culture, continue reading: All You Need to Know about Argentinean Culture and Traditions. This will be a great way to prepare yourself for your study abroad program in Argentina.
And if you will be living with an Argentinean host family, your guest mum will definitely be impressed if you are familiar with the following Argentine customs and traditions. And who doesn’t want to make a great first impression?
Top 3 tips: the nicest restaurants in the famous Barrio Chino of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has so much to offer, that our students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires will never finish to explore this amazing city.
One of the not-to-be-missed visits, is to Buenos Aires’ China Town, El Barrio Chino, located in Belgrano, a trendy residencial neighborhood next to Palermo.
Besides buying ingredients to prepare Asian food, there are more things to experience in here. And one of them is an obvious one: try the delicious and amazing Asian Food.
But where to go? Here are the best tips!
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…)
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.
As in other countries, Halloween is celebrated in Buenos Aires on the 31st of October. Originally, it was celebrated only in Great-Britain, but after large groups of Irish and Scottish immigrants moved to the United States, it also became popular in America.
In Buenos Aires, Halloween (or Noche de Brujas in Spanish) is not particularly big. You won’t find kids trick-or-treating in Buenos Aires and you won’t see big cobwebs in all the stores. Though, there is a lot to do on Halloween night. Luckily, clubs and bars organise Halloween events so all of us that are learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, can wear our favourite costume and party till dawn. (more…)
7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try.
Argentina is known for its meat and its steaks, but that’s not all Argentina has to offer, as I quickly found out upon starting my Spanish course in Buenos Aires. There is much more! Here are some typical Argentine snacks and drinks you must try.
An alfajor is an amazing cookie. Alfajores come in different flavours and styles, but it basically consists of two cookies with dulce de leche trapped in between. Some are then covered in glaced sugar or chocolate. Argentina is world’s largest consumer of alfajores. (more…)
Top 5 Museums in Buenos Aires.
Most of our Spanish students in Argentina enjoy the cultural ambience of Buenos Aires. The Argentine capital, an excellent destination for a Spanish course in Argentina, is full of festivals, theatre, music, dance, concerts and so on. There is also a great offer of art galleries and museums.
Find below our Top 5 Museums in Buenos Aires, not to be missed! (more…)
How to use public transportation in Buenos Aires.
When I arrived in Buenos Aires for my Spanish lessons in Argentina, I was impressed by the size of the city. I immediately understood that I urgently needed to understand how to move around quickly, in other words how to use the public transportation in Buenos Aires. The Argentine capital has so much to offer and there are so many different neighborhoods (barrios). In order to not lose time (nor money) you need to know how to transport yourself in the most convenient way.
Here you can find four modes of transportation in Buenos Aires and how to use them. (more…)