Learn Spanish in Peru as a digital nomad
Being a digital nomad is an exciting prospect for many. Living life with much more freedom at a cheaper, more exotic destination than your home country, meeting people from all over the world and getting to know a new culture and a new language are just some of the advantages. Discover why Peru is a great option to make dreams of a life abroad and work remotely a reality, while learning Spanish in Cusco.
Also before COVID, (digital) nomad workers travelled the world, living the life of their dreams on sunny beaches and stunning locations. But after COVID, many employers also see that many jobs can be done remote and that an employee with a happy life and a new challenge now and then is a happy employee. Apart, while travelling and living in different countries, people grow and might even learn a new language, like Spanish.
So now that life has more or less returned to “normal” and people have started to travel again, many more see the benefits of working remotely, from home, or anywhere in the world! Learn Spanish in Peru as a digital nomad.
So if you are looking for an exciting destination to work and live, think Peru! Peru is beautiful, full of adventure, nature, and culture, has great internet, is affordable, and you can combine your job with a Spanish language course in Peru, a truly unique opportunity to learn Spanish!
As a digital nomad or remote worker, you live a location-independent lifestyle. If you are lucky, you can do this too, at least during part of the year! You can travel alone, with your significant other, or even with the whole family, including kids and teens. Even if you don’t have the time for a Spanish language course, it is a great possibility for your partner and kids, to learn Spanish in Peru while you are working.
Peru is known for its lively festivals, bustling cities, impressive Inca ruins (the famous Inca Citadel Machu Picchu, among others), and opportunities for hiking (in the surroundings of Cusco and also in Huaráz, like the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu). But Peru is also the most biodiverse countries worldwide. So wherever you will be, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to venture out into the Tambopata, Manu or Iquitos. (reading tip: Visit the Peruvian Rainforest in Peru).
What is a digital nomad or remote worker?
A remote job is a role that an employee can complete outside of the typical office environment. People can usually complete most of their tasks and projects in a remote position using a computer. In addition, they can communicate with supervisors and other team members via phone, video, or chat messaging systems.
To be able to lead a life as a digital nomad, you need to be able to work location-independently. Many digital nomads run their own (online) companies or work as freelancers or in remote jobs. All you need is the internet to carry out your work location independently, allowing you to live as “nomads” with a flexible way of working and earning money.
The reasons workers want to do their jobs remotely aren’t surprising: better work-life balance (91%), increased productivity/better focus (79%), less stress (78%), and avoiding commuting (78%). A few years ago, Harvard studied what digital nomads earn. The research showed that the average digital nomad makes about € 1000 per month. While this isn’t very much, you can live well in a city like Cusco!
What do you need while working remotely, and does Peru offer this?
When considering travelling to Peru to settle down as a digital nomad, there are a few things to consider whether Peru is a good choice for you.
- What about the standard of living? Will I earn enough for a comfortable life-style?
- If I travel with my life partner or family, is Peru a good place for them?
- What can they do while I’m working? Are there activities? Spanish Courses for families?
- What is the climate like?
- How fast is the internet?
- Are there co-working spaces or public places with free WIFI that are remote work-friendly?
- Are there good options for short-term rental?
- What language do the locals speak? Am I interested in learning it?
- Is there enough to do, in terms of activities, tours, courses, entertainment and others?
Peru: a Top destination for remote workers
While finding the answers to those questions, you’ll see that Peru gets a pretty good score as a top destination for remote workers or digital nomads!
Yes, you will be able to afford a comfortable living standard: Peru is notably cheaper than many other Latin American countries like, e.g. Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. Countries with similar living standards are Bolivia, Ecuador a Guatemala.
In Peru, you will find many places to work and to live! A popular destination for digital nomads is the Peruvian capital city. Lima has a rich cultural life, great co-working spaces and the reputation for being the food capital of Latin America. As a result, the digital community in Lima is growing. But although not expensive compared to other cities in Latin America, Lima is not cheap.
If you are looking for a smaller, cheaper and more authentic place, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cusco is on top of the list of Poplar Places in Latin America for Digital Nomads. Cusco is very popular with backpackers and digital nomads (and all kinds of travellers), and it is an excellent place to be located. While being a fairly large (spread-out) city with its own airport, the old town, where most tourists go, is relatively compact, especially the popular San Blas neighbourhood (where AMAUTA Spanish School is located). Cusco is a beautiful town and offers plenty of opportunities to spend in nature (during the weekends).
Other popular places for digital nomads in Peru are Arequipa, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the coastal town of Máncora up in the north, and the Amazon. Arequipa and the Sacred Valley are good options (if you are into typical small villages and nature); however, the internet might be an issue. The same goes for the jungle. Also, there are not many co-working spots, and there is no digital nomad community like in Lima and Cusco.
Why is Cusco an excellent place for Digital Nomads?
- Cusco is an attractive, small town full of culture. Since it has been a travellers hub for many years, Cusco is full of trendy restaurants, cafes, hostels, and more. At the same time, it has maintained the traditional lifestyle and culture of the locals. There are many local festivals during the year to enjoy the Peruvian culture.
- There is plenty to do! For culture lovers and adventure seekers, Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley are thé place to be. The opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities are endless (biking, river rafting, zip line, and rock climbing). You can spend your wandering around the beautiful streets, eating Peruvian street food, buying souvenirs and local crafts, or hiking in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There are many things to do in Cusco, especially if you love historical sites, local markets, museums, squares and food!
- In Cusco, you will find cheap Spanish Immersion classes for yourself or your company! If you have always wanted to learn Spanish, this is your chance! There are a few good Spanish schools, with AMAUTA Spanish School being the leading language institute in town. You can join a Spanish group course (four hours per day) or take individual lessons that can be customized to your schedule.
- This is an excellent opportunity if you have always wanted to learn another language (Spanish). The Spanish language courses in Cusco are affordable, fun, and combined with different activities. Do you plan to be in Cusco with your family? AMAUTA offers a Spanish course for Kids and a Spanish course for Teens. So while Mum or Dad are working at home, the kids are being immersed in Peruvian culture, learning the Spanish language!
- If you pick Cusco, be assured of good internet, nice co-working spots, or cafes where you can work. Generally speaking, food, shopping, and transportation costs are also low, and you will find affordable accommodations. If you do a Spanish language course, you can live with a local Peruvian host family. This is a great way to get familiar with the Peruvian language and kick-start your Spanish.
- Friendly locals. Peru is friendly to digital nomads. The Peruvian people are pleasant and welcoming; they’ll show you the best places to visit while staying in their country.
Internet in Cusco
Cusco has a great selection of workplace places, from co-working spaces (e.g. at the hostel Selina; this brand has several locations in Cusco), cafes, and bars. One of the most important things to consider when looking for workplace space is internet speed. Cusco has an average internet speed of 6.2 megabits per second (Mbps), and the global average is 7.2 Mbps.; it depends. Sometimes it can be very slow – depending on your location – but it can also be impressively fast. In general, you won’t have any problems with day-to-day tasks such as emailing and surfing the web, but on certain days you might suffer a bit when streaming, downloading or uploading. – Learn Spanish in Peru as a digital nomad-.