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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.
Before coming to Cusco to study Spanish in Peru and do my internship, I was concerned that it would be difficult to find good and affordable vegetarian meals in Peru. After two months of learning Spanish and living in Cusco, I already have a list of go-to places for my favorite vegetarian dishes at the best vegetarian restaurants in Cusco.
And – this is also important – the prices suitable for both students or travelers in Peru. Find below my favorite vegetarian meals in Cusco (in no particular order) and where you can find them.
Are you learning Spanish in Cusco, or traveling in Peru? Do you have a favorite vegetarian restaurant in Cusco, or elsewhere in Peru?
Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.
1. Jack’s Café
A restaurant in classic American-style serving until late hours a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals in big portions.
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.
My personal favorite (at the moment) are the picarones.This sweet ring-shaped dessert (kind of doughnut-like but crispy) is made of wheat flour mixed with squash and sweet potato. The dough is fried and sprinkled with a sweet syrup made of chancaca (a concentrate form of light molasses). (more…)
About Tasty Fresh Peruvian Fruit Juices
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.
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…)
Living and travelling in Cusco travelling can be a blast, but also 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 of them.
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.
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 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 Suecia and the Plaza de Armas, which is the heart of the city.