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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.  

Exploring Northern Argentina: Salta and Cafayate

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Thursday May 18, 2017 - Posted by
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Ontdek het noorden van Argentinie: Salta en Cafayate

Exploring Northern Argentina: Salta and Cafayate

If you have some time to travel in Argentina after your Spanish Classes in Buenos Aires, one of your options out of many, is to travel to northern Argentina. It’s an option I can certainly recommend.

In the first place because here, in the province of Salta, you can experience one of the most idyllic train rides in the world. The ride takes you up to 4,200 meters and you will literally ride through the clouds. The trip departs from the city of Salta and takes 217 km (135 miles). Travelling through the Andes at 35 km an hour you will slowly see the impressive scenery change.

The one minute you see rock formations the other minute snow-capped mountains. The horizon seems endlessly far away and the train will often be the only moving thing around.
The journey lasts a good 16 hours and passes through many tunnels, bridges and viaducts. The railway overpasses itself to make up for the terrain’s unevenness. The views are amazing and you will often find fellow passenger pressing their noses against the window to gaze outside. (more…)

How to Explore Buenos Aires on a Low-Budget: 6 Best Tips

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Thursday February 16, 2017 - Posted by
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How to Explore Buenos Aires on a Low-Budget: 6 Best Tips

How to Explore Buenos Aires on a Low-Budget: 6 Best Tips

We all know Buenos Aires is not one of the cheapest destinations in South America to learn Spanish. So once you have registered for your Spanish classes in Buenos Aires – or, even before you do -, you might worry about your budget and your opportunities to fully explore the Argentine Capital!

Don’t let a limited budget hold you back!! Buenos Aires is for everyone! As a student on a budget, you will have the same experiences (or even better!) in this beautiful city as travelers or students wth a higher budget than you. The capital of Argentina offers you tons of opportunities to enjoy and discover the city on a low-budget.
 

Tip 1 – How much does food cost in Buenos Aires
 
First things first, food! You probably are aware of the fact that Buenos Aires is also the capital of MEAT. In Europe and other Western countries, a tenderloin steak is not for those living on a low budget. (more…)

Best Things to do in Mendoza

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Friday November 11, 2016 - Posted by
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Best Things to do in Mendoza

Best Things to do in Mendoza

When in Argentina, the famous wine region of Mendoza is a must-visit. Therefore, a weekend in Mendoza is a must-do for our Spanish students in Buenos Aires. The beautiful province of Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes. Find out here what are the Best Things to do in Mendoza.

Mendoza holds over 1000 vineyards and is responsible for 2/3 of Argentina’s wine production. Have you ever heard of a wine label called Malbec? This is the main export of Mendoza and is produced in 3 main regions within the province: Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco. A trip to Mendoza will allow you to enjoy wine tastings in various bodegas, go horseback riding or bike riding during the sunset or hike one of the beautiful trails of the Andes Mountains. What are you waiting for? Check out here the Best Things to do in Mendoza.
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Tips for Amazing Roadtrip in North of Argentina

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Wednesday July 06, 2016 - Posted by
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Tips for a amazing Roadtrip in the North of Argentina

Tips for Amazing Roadtrip in North of Argentina
 
If you like to go on adventurous road trips after your Spanish Course in Buenos Aires, the North of Argentina is the place for you. Because this is the perfect spot to rent a car and go exploring! read here our Tips for an Amazing Roadtrip in the North of Argentina.

It is best to start in San Miguel de Tucuman and make your way up the Tafi del Valle to Cafayate. The Tafi del Valle is a beautiful road that provides lots of opportunities for good pictures.
 
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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…)

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…)

The Insider’s Guide to a Exploring Iguazu

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Thursday January 14, 2016 - Posted by
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The Insider’s Guide to a Exploring Iguazu

I have been living in Buenos Aires for several months now, learning Spanish in Argentina and doing my internship in Buenos Aires. And finally I had the chance, a couple of weeks ago, end of December, to do the weekend trip that was high on my bucket list: a visit to the waterfalls of Iguazu.

On day 1, I woke up early, packed my stuff and took a cab to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, from where my plane would leave. Boarding started at 13.00 and within two hours we were in Iguazu. Upon arrival at the hostal I felt there was a good vibe going on. There was music playing and people were sitting next to the pool; I immediately decided to put on my swimsuit and go for a swim. (more…)

What to do in Mar del Plata?

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Tuesday December 01, 2015 - Posted by
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What to do in Mar del Plata?

What to do in Mar del Plata?

As so many beautiful cities and locations in Argentina, Mar del Plata is a great weekend get-away for the Spanish students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires at AMAUTA Spanish School, especially in spring and summer.

You can find Mar del Plata in the southeast area of the province of Buenos Aires, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the major fishing ports of Argentina. It’s also Argentina’s biggest seaside beach resort. Besides the beaches, Mar del Plata is the home to many good restaurants and bars. (more…)

Tips for visiting Tigre, Buenos Aires.

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Monday October 19, 2015 - Posted by
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Tips for visiting Tigre, Buenos Aires.

Tigre is a small town in the province of Buenos Aires. It is located to the north of the city of Buenos Aires. Tigre is located next to the Paraná Delta. It is an important tourist attraction, a perfect daytrip. So I definitely recommend it to our Spanish students in Buenos Aires. Read this Quick Guide Tips to Visit Tigre and you will be fully prepared.

How to get to Tigre?

It is very easy to get to Tigre from the city of Buenos Aires by bus, train or even by boat. (more…)

What to do in Buenos Aires during the weekend?

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Thursday June 25, 2015 - Posted by
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What to do in Buenos Aires during the weekend?

What to do in Buenos Aires during the weekend?

When you are taking a Spanish course in Buenos Aires, you will be pretty busy during the week days. Of course you have to attend the Spanish classes – mostly during the mornings from 9.00 till 13.00. After class you have lunch, do some Spanish homework and afterwards most students attend one of the free afternoon activities AMAUTA Buenos Aires offers you. The activities are a great way to learn about Argentine culture and to get to know interesting neighborhoods and musea in Buenos Aires. But what to do in the weekend when there are no Spanish classes? Go explore the opportunities that this beautiful big city has to offer! The following activities are budget friendly and offer a glimpse into the tiempo libre of the locals. What to do in Buenos Aires during the weekend.
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