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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!
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.
Volunteering, learning Spanish, traveling in Peru and living abroad: those are the ingredients of the exciting and interesting AMAUTA Volunteer Program in Cusco, Peru.
The Dutch Noah was one of the participants this Spring 2016; she was with us in Cusco for almost two months and a half. So now that she is a Cusco expert 😉 and only a few days before she’s leaving Peru and traveling home again, our volunteer coordinator talked to about her experiences in Cusco and made this short video where Noah tell us about her time in Peru.
Why not come to learn Spanish in Peru in March or April? From the 20th to the 27th of March 2016 you will be able to witness a fascinating festival in the city of Cusco that combines Andean and Christian traditions: Semana Santa. The Holy Week in the ancient centre of the Inca Empire is considered one of the most important weeks of the year and gives us an exciting insight into Peruvian culture: the perfect setting for a Spanish immersion course in Cusco. Don’t miss this unique experience and don’t miss the special discount! (see below)
Taking us back to the events of 1650, the procession of Holy Monday marks the beginning of the festivities. On this day, the black figure of Christ is carried out into the public and is followed by crowds of sightseers hoping to get a glimpse of the significant statue. (more…)
Every since I arrived in Cusco for my Spanish Immersion Program in Peru, there are some questions that keep coming up and
some thoughts that I continue to ask myself since arriving in Cusco. Do you want to know which ones?
Read my story!
My Secret Spot in Cusco.
How many articles in travel books have you read on the “Top 10 sites” in Cusco, while you were preparing your trip for your Spanish immersion course in Peru? Most of them feature a list of the most famous and well known ruins, churches or museums that “you should not miss!”. But have you heard of this secret spot?
Although most ruins require the “Boleto Turistico or Visitors Ticket” to enter, this site is free and is also close to the city center of Cusco! The Templo de la Luna (Temple of the moon) is about 60 minutes walking distance from the Plaza de Armas and yet seems to be well hidden. If you feel like doing a bit of exercise and want to enjoy a beautiful day in the Cusco countryside, you should take a look at this ancient temple!
Every year, Carnaval is celebrated throughout Peru during the month of February. This means that people run around spraying each other with shaving cream and dousing each other with buckets of water. Just this past weekend, some of our students learning Spanish in Peru got the full experience of Carnaval in Cusco:
Angela says”: ´´When I got here last week, my luggage didn´t come, so I had to go out and buy stuff this weekend. All of a sudden 5 Peruvian guys ambushed me with shaving cream and water. One of them put a water balloon on my neck so then it broke and I was soaked. It was fun!´ (more…)
Christmas at AMAUTA Peru
Here are AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, the whole team is a-buzz with preparations. Christmas is coming!
First on the agenda is getting into the Christmas spirit: getting together as a school – professors, students, staff, and administration – to cook, eat, and enjoy each other’s company.
Second on the agenda is decorating: every day a new decoration appears in the school, seemingly out of nowhere… We have Santa’s, reindeer headbands, a count-down to Christmas, a donation Santa for our chocolatada, a tree with decorations and lights, and every other cheery notion reminding us that the happiest time of the year is upon us. (more…)
A lot of people – travelers, Spanish students, volunteers, tourists – come to Cusco thinking, “I can’t dance.” Fortunately, many of them also think, “Hey, I’m in a new country – why not try something new?!”
Dancing in Peru isn’t just a thing for tourists to try – it’s an integral part of Peruvian and South American culture. It’s not just for professionals or for those blessed with “talent” – it’s a form of exercise, expression, and celebration that nearly all Peruvians will engage in at some stage in their lives. But thankfully, it’s not just for Peruvians – local people all over Peru and in Cusco love sharing their dances with out-of-towners, “talented” or not! (more…)
The fieldtrip to the San Pedro Market in Cusco is one of the most popular outings for both Spanish students and teachers at AMAUTA. Most of our Spanish teachers love to take the students out of the classroom, to teach them the many unique locations and secrets of the city of Cusco. And one of their favorite places to go, is the San Pedro Market.
Are you learning Spanish in Cusco? Don’t miss it! The San Pedro Market may be the most famous market in Cusco – and for good reason! Where else can you find travelers and expats from all over the world buying products from flowers to lunch, rainbow scarfs to raw alpaca meat? El Mercado San Pedro is special for those two reasons. The first is that people from all over the world gather there for the same reasons. And second: here you can find almost anything you could possibly want while living in Cusco, somewhere in the giant maze of stalls, stands, tables, and shelves. Here is a virtual tour of San Pedro Market in Cusco. (more…)
After working for several years as a pediatrician in his native Ireland, Dr. Peter McCarthy decided to spend time volunteering at a hospital in Lima, Peru. First, however, he needed to learn Spanish in Peru and familiarize himself with the Peruvian health care system. Participating in AMAUTA’s Medical Spanish Program in Cusco gave him the perfect preparation. He learnt Spanish quickly and got familiarized with Peru.
With no previous knowledge of Spanish, Peter began with to learn Spanish for beginners in the Spanish group classes in Cusco. In these Spanish classes he learned the basic building blocks of Spanish grammar, a foundation he would later build on as his course progressed. Interacting with professors and other students on a regular basis, he became more comfortable with using Spanish to discuss normal, every-day situations, problems, and questions. (more…)