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Spanish School AMAUTA in Cusco, Peru is the best place to learn Spanish in Peru. We provide in-depth Spanish lessons and a cultural immersion experience for everyone. Our students step outside of the Spanish classroom to enjoy the Peruvian culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru. During or after your Spanish lesson, you can, volunteer in Peru where you will really get the chance to improve your Spanish language skills and give back to the Peruvian community.
Here at the AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep our Spanish alumni, current and future students, and anyone who is interested in Peruvian and Latin American culture, the most relevant information about what is happening in Peru. We´ll post fun articles about our Spanish School in Peru, Tips to learn Spanish, how to get the most out of your Spanish classes in Cusco, advice on how to prepare for your trip to Peru, life in Cusco, Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian festivals, what to do in Cusco, and much more.
After reading our blog, you’ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru! Hasta pronto!
Before coming to Cusco to study Spanish in Peru sometimes students are concerned that it will be difficult to find good and affordable vegetarian meals in Peru. Therefore we made this lists of go-to places for everyone traveling or learning Spanish in Cusco. It includes the favorite vegetarian dishes at the best vegetarian restaurants in Cusco with suitable prices.
Many students were involved and they gave us their favorite vegetarian restaurants they found while learning Spanish in Cusco and living in Cusco. This is their list of Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Cusco!
Before coming to Peru, I didn’t know much about Cusco and Peru other than Machu Picchu and a few other famous tourist destinations such as Lima, Nazca, Cusco…But I definitely hadn’t heard of the booming Peruvian cuisine and of the incredible tasteful Peruvian desserts. To me, Peruvian kitchen was just rice, chicken and beans. Shame on me. Now, after a few weeks in Peru learning Spanish in Cusco and living with a host family, I know better. Peruvian cuisine is amazing and the country is full of great ‘postres’: Picarones, Mazamorra Morada with Arroz con Leche, and Champú de Guanabana, just to name a few.
One of the things our students always love about Peru during the time they are learning Spanish in Peru, is the great variety of vegetables and fruits, and the high quality of food in general. No wonder, as Peru is one of the booming cuisines worldwide for several years now.
Since the country has so many different landscapes and climates, there is a great variety of vegetation. The fruit stalls in the markets in Cusco are, therefore, a beautiful and colorful exposition.
Aguaymanto, Chiromoya, Tumbo and Tuna
Some of the beautiful Peruvian fruits, will not easily be found elsewhere. Typical Peruvian fruits are, for instance: aguaymanto (goldenberry), chirimoya, tumbo, and tuna (or cactus fruit). (more…)
5 amazing Bars and Restaurants you must visit in Cusco.
Cusco – the old Inca Capital and now a hot spot for travellers in Peru – is a city that has a lot to offer, especially with restaurants and bars. Because there is so much to offer, it is hard to decide which restaurants to go to. To make this decision easier, I made a list of 5 bars and restaurants that you Must Visit when you are learning Spanish in Cusco and living here for a while.
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.
Eating gluten-free in Peru. Is that even an option? Although it can be a bit of a challenge, yes, it is possible, eating gluten-free in Peru!
Allergy to gluten or Celiac Disease should by no means stop any one from traveling to Peru. Traveling with this kind of dietary restriction can be tricky, especially in countries such as Peru, where a gluten allergy is not well-known. However, it’s possible. So if you have plan to travel to Peru for a Spanish course in Cusco, you should go for it. Yes, it’s a bit a challenges so therefore, we have prepared this short article with tips and tricks to live and learn Spanish in Cusco when you’re on a gluten-free diet.
Most websites and doctors will 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 are not always familiar with “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 do not always now this can be a big deal.
7 important Foods in Cusco with the “C” —- Living and travelling in Cusco is a blast, but it can be a bit confusing whenever facing the Spanish language. Also for, or may be: especially for our students learning Spanish in Peru. Even more challenging is straightening out all of the popular foods in Cusco that are somewhat similar and begin with the letter “C”. This article will help you learn the most popular important Foods in Cusco that start with the Letter “C”.
Peruvian cuisine has a lot of delicious dishes and fortunately not all of them contain meat or fish. There are actually many really good vegetarian options with maiz like ‘pastel de choclo’, or tamales, yucca, sweet potatoes, tallarin al horno, starters with avocados, ‘sopa de zapallo’ (squash soup), or locro de zapallo. And of course we have the recently discovered super-food, the Peruvian quinoa, which can be used in soups, salads, instead of rice, and even in sweet dishes and desserts. Most Spanish students staying with a local host family in Cusco during their Spanish courses, are pleasently surprised by the variety of vegetarian options Peruvian cuisine and their host mums offers. Also our chef cook at the student residence provides excellent vegetarian options.
Scientist believe the potato began it’s career in food culture between 2000 and 3000 BC and continues today with many different colors, flavors, sizes and textures. Scientists also think all potatoes have originated from the Andes in Peru; well over 100 cultivators can be found in just one valley. Some of the oldest archeological finds were located around Lake Titicaca.
The Papa Perricholi (white potato) is now one of the more popular potatoes sold in Peruvian markets. As this particular potato doesn’t turn brown after peeling, it’s ideal uses are for commercial kitchens and restaurants. If you choose Peru for your Spanish immersion program, you’ll learn more about and try lovely recipes based on the Peruvian potato.
Cusco in Peru is a big city still connected to the village root; not far from Machu Picchu it’s also a huge attraction for tourists traveling and a perfect destination for Spanish studies in Peru.
There are several nice places to eat at in Cusco, Peru; International cuisine, food for the meat lovers and vegetarians or vegans along with the sweets coinsurer. During my first week of Spanish studies at AMAUTA Cusco, I have put together a list of 3 of the best places in town all of which are a short stroll from AMAUTA at Calle San Agustin and the Plaza de Armas, which is the heart of the city.