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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.  

Special Offer for Halloween Spanish Classes in Peru

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Tuesday October 31, 2017 - Posted by
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Special Offer for Halloween on Spanish in Peru

Special Offer for Halloween Spanish Classes in Peru

AMAUTA Spanish School offers a special discount for all bookings made during the special week of Halloween. Halloween is a pretty big event in Cusco and AMAUTA yearly offers a big Halloween Party at our centrally located school, at a stone throw from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Book your Spanish Course in Cusco before Nov 6th
And get a 20% off! That is a whole lot of money!!

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Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!

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Thursday October 27, 2016 - Posted by
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Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!

Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!

In Argentina, Halloween is called “Noche de Brujas” and even though the country is not known for extravagant Halloween celebrantions, people are still dressing up in Vampire and Zombie costumes. The capital city of Buenos Aires hosts many Halloween parties and events that are all about enjoying and celebrating this scary thrill. Buenos Aires holds a large number of foreigners residents – among them students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, volunteers and expats – and travellers! Most of them are more than interested in celebrating this international day and having some fun. We made a list of a few parties on this freaky Friday (and Thursday)!! Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!
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Halloween and Cancion Criolla: celebrating October 31 in Peru!

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Tuesday October 25, 2016 - Posted by
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Halloween celebration in Peru

Halloween and Cancion Criolla: celebrating October 31 in Peru!

So, do you celebrate Halloween in Peru? Yes and No! On the 31st of October, our students learning Spanish in Peru, can take part in two different kinds of celebrations in Peru: the typical Halloween celebration, as we know it from North America, and the ¨Día de la Canción Criolla¨.

Halloween, as it is celebrated in the US, is becoming more and more popular in Peru. We call it “Noche de Brujas”. It has not yet risen to this special kind of enthusiasm, where people plan out their night and even more importantly their costumes for weeks and decorate their houses with all kinds of creepy creatures – but we celebrate two crucial elements of US Halloween in Peru: Trick or Treating and of course: parties!
 
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Cómo celebrar Halloween en Buenos Aires

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Thursday November 05, 2015 - Posted by
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Cómo celebrar Halloween en Buenos Aires

Como en otros países, Halloween se celebra en Buenos Aires el 31 de octubre. Originalmente, se celebraba sólo en Gran Bretaña, pero después de que grandes grupos de inmigrantes irlandeses y escoceses se mudaron a los Estados Unidos, también se hizo popular allá.

En Buenos Aires, Halloween (o en español Noche de Brujas) no es particularmente grande. Usted no encontrará niños diciendo truco o trato en Buenos Aires y no verá grandes telarañas en las tiendas. Sin embargo, hay mucho que hacer en la noche de Halloween. Por suerte, los clubes y bares organizan eventos de Halloween para que todos nosotros los que estamos aprendiendo español en Buenos Aires, podamos usar nuestro traje en nuestra fiesta favorita hasta el amanecer. (more…)

Hoe vier je Halloween in Buenos Aires

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Thursday October 29, 2015 - Posted by
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Cómo celebrar Halloween en Buenos Aires

Halloween wordt gevierd op 31 Oktober. Halloween vindt haar wortels in Groot-Brittannië. Toen een grote groep Ierse en Schotse immigranten naar de Verenigde Staten verhuisde, werd het populair in Amerika.

In Buenos Aires wordt Halloween (of Noche de Brujas op z’n Spaans) niet uitbundig gevierd. Je zult hier geen kinderen langs de deuren zien gaan voor snoep en je zult geen spinnenwebben vinden in de winkels. Toch is er ’s nachts een hoop te doen waar de wij als studenten Spaans in Buenos Aires, naar toe kunnen, want gelukkig organiseren verschillende clubs en bars Halloween evenementen zodat we onze favoriete kostuums aan kunnen trekken en kunnen feesten tot de zon weer opkomt. (more…)

How to celebrate Halloween in Buenos Aires

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Wednesday October 28, 2015 - Posted by
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Cómo celebrar Halloween en Buenos Aires

As in other countries, Halloween is celebrated in Buenos Aires on the 31st of October. Originally, it was celebrated only in Great-Britain, but after large groups of Irish and Scottish immigrants moved to the United States, it also became popular in America.

In Buenos Aires, Halloween (or Noche de Brujas in Spanish) is not particularly big. You won’t find kids trick-or-treating in Buenos Aires and you won’t see big cobwebs in all the stores. Though, there is a lot to do on Halloween night. Luckily, clubs and bars organise Halloween events so all of us that are learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, can wear our favourite costume and party till dawn. (more…)

“El Día de los Muertos“ Estudiantes de Español en Cusco inmersos en la cultura Peruana

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Wednesday October 30, 2013 - Posted by
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Pan Caballo in Cusco

Los días antes del Día de los Difuntos y Todos los Santos (1 de noviembre y 02 de noviembre) están llenos de tradición Los viajeros que están por Perú y nuestros estudiantes de español de AMAUTA Cusco, sentirán la magia de esta atmosfera Peruana, especialmente en Cusco y los alrededores es decir en las comunidades andinas. Las celebraciones están arraigadas en la creencia de que las almas de los parientes fallecidos regresan a visitar la tierra en estos días. Las coloridas tradiciones se mezclan con la celebración Anglo-Americana de Halloween, estas dos fiestas convierten esta semana en una semana llena de celebraciones para vivir y experimentar. Además de eso , en el Perú el 31 de octubre es también el Día de la Canción Criolla.

Tanto el día de “Todos los Santos” y el “Día de los Muertos” , están dedicados a la memoria de los muertos. El culto a los muertos era una costumbre común y respetada durante la época prehispánica en el Perú. Los incas tenían una fuerte conexión con sus difuntos así que cuando llegaron los españoles , las tradiciones incas combinaron fácilmente con los elementos cristianos traídos por los españoles. Y es por eso que aún hoy en día, esos días de celebración en honor a la muerte, llena de tradiciones todavía se conservan muy vivas en el Perú y otros países latinoamericanos.
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Spanish students in Cusco immersed in Peruvian culture on “El Día de los Muertos“

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Wednesday October 30, 2013 - Posted by
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Pan Caballo in Cusco

Peruvian Culture: Día de los Muertos in Cusco

The days before All Saints ’Day and All Souls’ Day (November 1st and November 2nd) are full of traditions and travelers to Peru. Our Spanish students attending AMAUTA these days, will feel a magic atmoshere in Peru, especially in Cusco and the surrounding Andean communities.

The celebrations are all rooted in the belief that the souls of deceased relatives come back to visit earth these days. The colorful traditions, mixed with the celebrations of the Anglo-American Halloween, make it a week full of celebrations to live and to experience. On top of that, in Peru October 31st is also the Day of the Cancion Criolla.

Both All Saints’ Day (Todos los Santos) and All Souls’ Day (Dia de los Muertos), are dedicated to the memory of the dead. The worship of the dead was a common and respected custom during pre-Hispanic times in Peru. The Incas had a strong connection with their deceased so when the Spaniards arrived, the Inca traditions combined easily with the Christian elements brought by the Spaniards. And that’s why still today, those days of honor to the death full of traditions are still very lively in Peru and other Latinamerican countries.

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