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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.  

Peruvian Nativities Cusco typical for Christmas

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Peruvian Nativities in Cusco

Peruvian Nativities Cusco typical for Christmas

A deep-rooted custom in culture and Peruvian folklore, are the “nacimientos”: nativity scenes. As a Spanish student in Cusco, you will see many of those during the December month.

The assembly of the nativity is a tradition that, at the beginning of the colonial stage, used to be an instrument for evangelization brought from Spain by the Congregation of the Jesuits. Throughout the years, each region in Peru started to develop it’s own ”nacimientos” based on typical elements of each region. A nativity in Cusco, for example, is very different from the typical ones from Lima or Ayacucho, where the nativities are called ‘retablos’. Each province has it’s own way to show their Christmas fervor.

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Representaciones de Nacimientos Peruanos, una gran costumbre Cusqueña

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Peruvian Nativities in Cusco

Una de la costumbres más arraigadas en la cultura y el folklore peruano , son los ” Nacimientos o belenes ” .

El conjunto de la Natividad es una tradición que se da desde comienzos de la etapa colonial , en esos tiempos lo usaban como instrumento para la evangelización traída de España por la Congregación de los jesuitas. Con el pasar del tiempo, cada región en el Perú comenzó a desarrollar sus propios ” Nacimientos “, basada en elementos típicos de cada región. Un belén Cusqueño, por ejemplo, es muy diferente a los típicos de Lima o Ayacucho, donde los nacimientos son llamados ” retablos ” . Cada provincia tiene su propia manera de mostrar su fervor de Navidad. En las provincias del norte de Perú los nacimientos están hechos de imágenes de barro, otras provincias mezclan la cultura inca y española e incorporan elementos de diferentes épocas. También los ” Ashaninka ” – los pueblos indígenas de la selva – tienen sus propios belenes de Navidad y rituales: los belenes son visitados por pequeños pastores que cantan villancicos al Niño .

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