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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.
Peru is the ultimate destination for travelers and students alike. Peru is not only the top culinary destination but offers a variety of cultural, adventure and educational holidays. Peru is full of festivals and celebrations, lively and colorful culture, amazing opportunities for adventure tours, one of the 7 Wonders of the World (Machu Picchu) and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Prepare yourself for a unique trip in Peru and enjoy the beautiful Christmas atmosphere if you come down in December! First learn Spanish in Peru at our Spanish School in Cusco. You’ll be surprised to see you can learn Spanish quickly and there are many fun things to do during the days before Christmas! (more…)
In the southern hemisphere, Christmas falls in the summer, so traditions as real pine trees, telling stories around the fire or playing in the snow do not translate temperature wise. For most of our Spanish students, it will be quite a different Christmas this year, when they are now learning Spanish in Buenos Aires. Christmas is here is a mash up of the European traditions and summertime partying with friends and family.
Christmas in Argentina starts with Fiesta de la Virgen (a Catholic holiday revering Mary) on the 8th of December. This is the day on which the Argentine families put out the Christmas decorations and Christmas trees. (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…)
If you’re studying Spanish in Cusco (or doing volunteerwork in Peru) and decided to stay here for this upcoming Christmas, don’t feel glum about missing out on family traditions back home. Cusco offers an array of exciting new traditions to explore and adopt as your own.
One of these are the Christmas markets that are held in nearly every plaza in the city. The most famous is the Santurantikuy Christmas market held in Plaza de Armas, the main square in the center of Cusco, for the whole day of December 24th. While this market is a must for all visitors to Cusco for the Christmas season, we also recommend that you head out before Christmas Eve and checkout some other Christmas markets that start before hand.
One of the most important Christmas events that you can visit if you Learn Spanish in Peru these days, is the Santurantikuy Christmas market in Cusco.
This important fair has been a Cusco Christmas Eve tradition for over 500 years and if you have the opportunity to visit you certainly should. It is hard to miss anyway, as it takes place on the Plaza de Armas from early in the morning on. Santurantikuy begins around 4am on December 24th when the first artisans arrive with their colorful wares to peddle, and it lasts well into the evening of December 24th.
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.