Spanish School Peru: AMAUTA

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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!

How altitude in Cusco will affect your body

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How the Altitude in Cusco will affect your body when learning Spanish in Cusco

It is one of the Frequently Asked Questions for the AMAUTA course counsellors from students that have registered for one of our Spanish courses in Peru: how will the altitude in Cusco affect my body?

Will I get soroche, altitude sickness? Will I be bothered by the altitude? Will I be strong enough to live and learn Spanish in Cusco at 3400 meters above sea level? And what should I do to avoid soroche?

Fortunately, we can always confirm that the altitude is hardly ever a problem for our Spanish students*. (more…)

Volunteering in Peru: A Complete Guide to Organizing Volunteer Work

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Volunteering in Peru: A Complete Guide to Organizing Volunteer Work

Volunteering in Peru: A Complete Guide to Organizing Volunteer Work

One of the joys of traveling abroad is the opportunities it presents to interact with local people, from the women at the market stalls to the families you encounter in a rural community. But sticking around and opting to live in a community for an extended period can be even more rewarding: imagine being welcomed into a town and spending each day interacting with local people.

Volunteering in Peru allows just that. We’ve put together this guide to volunteering programs in Peru that sets out everything you need to know about finding and organizing projects where you lend a hand. (more…)

Learning Spanish for Adults: Four Foolproof Methods

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Learning Spanish for Adults: Four Foolproof Methods

Learning Spanish is a rewarding challenge. It opens the doors to communication with 500 million speakers in 21 countries across the globe. Speaking another language is a hugely useful skill if you plan on traveling abroad, but studying Spanish also comes with a wide range of other unexpected benefits.

But if you’re looking at learning Spanish as an adult, you might feel that it’s more than an uphill battle. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right?

Well, not exactly. Not only is it possible to become fluent in Spanish as an adult, but there is a range of ways of doing so – with some far more effective than others. Let’s find out exactly what they are. (more…)

11 Must-Visit Sites & Things to Do in the Sacred Valley

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11 Must-Visit Sites & Things to Do in the Sacred Valley, Peru

11 Must-Visit Sites & Things to Do in the Sacred Valley

Just an hour’s drive from Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru is named after its importance to the Inca, whose ruined citadels and former agricultural terraces are dotted along the valley’s course.

It’s an awe-inspiring place to visit, flanked by serrated mountains and lush with corn that grows beside the Río Urubamba that flows right along the valley floor. For any visitor to Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is an unmissable spot on your trip to Peru.

Avoid just passing through on the way to the epic Inca fortress of Machu Picchu and instead spend a few days exploring one of Peru’s largest and most dynamic artisan markets (more…)

Spanish for Travelers: 68 Essential Travel Phrases To Know

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Spanish for Travelers: 68 Essential Travel Phrases To Know

Spanish for Travelers: 68 Essential Travel Phrases To Know

Heading on a trip to South America this year and want to make sure you don’t make yourself and those around you completely confused? Having a toolkit of invaluable travel sayings at your disposal will ensure your plans don’t go awry and it’s for that purpose we’ve put together this Spanish for travelers guide.

The 68 travel phrases have a particular focus on South America, where expressions sometimes have a distinctly different character than in Spain.

We’ve broken down these Spanish travel phrases into topic areas to ensure that, regardless of the situation, you’ve got a phrase at your disposal. If you want to go even further into learning Spanish ahead of your trip to South America (more…)

7 Extraordinary Benefits of Learning Spanish

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The 7 Extraordinary Benefits of Learning Spanish If You Like to Travel

7 Extraordinary Benefits of Learning Spanish

Whether you’re looking to travel to Peru or other parts of South America or you’re just lining up your next challenge, studying a second language is a valuable thing to do. The benefits of learning Spanish, particularly if you have designs on travel, can’t be understated.

If you’re looking for more inspiration for why you should learn Spanish, read on as we take you through the seven main benefits of picking up this beautiful language up. Don’t  hesitate any  longer and start learning Spanish right away!

Studying Spanish makes travelling abroad a whole lot easier

If you’ve yet to embark upon a journey through South America (more…)

The 5 Best Peru Hiking Adventures For Your Bucket List

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The 5 Best Peru Hiking Adventures For Your Bucket List

The 5 Best Peru Hiking Adventures For Your Bucket List

With the ridge of the Andes Mountains slicing the length of Peru and 6,000m mountains that make the most adventurous drool, Peru is a trekker’s paradise.  Some of the best Peru hiking options are easily accessed either from Cusco or by a bus journey from Lima.

So once you’re done with your Spanish classes in Cusco, strap on your hiking boots and get ready to hit the trail!

1. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Cusco

Easily the most famous of all trekking in Peru, the Inca Trail that leads you directly to Machu Picchu is a classic hike, combining history and sublime landscapes with the chance to end your journey the exact same way the Inca would: at this former estate for Inca royalty. (more…)

The best way to learn Spanish: 8 scientifically-backed methods

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The best way to learn Spanish: 8 scientifically-backed methods

The best way to learn Spanish: 8 scientifically-backed methods

Is Spanish easy to learn? What’s the quickest way to learn Spanish? What is the best way to learn Spanish?

These are just some of the questions that you asked yourself – and the internet – when you first started learning Spanish.

There are plenty of ways that you can study Spanish – and plenty of debate around their effectiveness. But which are actually work?

What is the best way to learn Spanish?

And is it possible to learn Spanish in a month?
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The best 5 Cusco Applications

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The best 5 Cusco Applications

The Best 5  Cusco Applications

In this article, we will recommend you the Best 5 Cusco Applications you will want to use while living in Peru. Or when preparing your trip to Peru.  Because once registered for your Spanish course in Cusco you will start preparing yourself for your adventure and Spanish immersion experience in Peru.

Obviously this will involve a lot of reading about Cusco and about Peru. There are many,  many  good blogs and articles online to be found.

For instance, here is a good link about what to pack for your trip to Peru.

Or this one with important cultural tips you need to know.

And if you are interested in the culture of Cusco, there is this interesting Cusco culture blog. (more…)

Best places for Dinner in Cusco

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Best places for Dinner in Cusco

After four weeks of living in Cusco – I’m taking Spanish lessons in Peru here at the AMAUTA Spanish School –  it becomes hard to find some new nice places to go to for dinner. In contrast, when you are a new bee, it seems to be hard to make a choice between all the good and nice restaurants around. There are some really comfortable and good-quality restaurants in Cusco with affordable prices I can recommend.

Restaurant INDIGO

I think many travelers and Spanish students in Cusco agree that “Indigo” is always the right choice. Located close to AMAUTA and to the Plaza de Armas (more…)