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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.  

What you need to know about Argentina “mate” drinking

Wednesday March 23, 2016 - Posted by
What you need to know about Argentina “mate” drinking

One thing you will notice during the first days of your Spanish course in Buenos Aires: you see many, many people drinking from beautifully shaped “tea cup” through a metal straw. This is the typical Argentine mate you might have heard of.

Mate is a hot drink prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate and hot water. It is served in a gourd, a mate or a “guampa” in (Argentine) Spanish, and they drink it with a metal straw, a ‘bombilla’.

Mate is a powerful antioxidant that contains many vitamins (A, B, C, E) and it has cholesterol-lowering properties.

The first time I tried it I thought it was very strong and bitter! Like when you are preparing tea but you left the teabag too long in your cup. However, after a few days I started to like actually like it. And the good thing is that it contains a lot of caffeine! Perfect! (more…)

7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try

Thursday October 01, 2015 - Posted by
7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try

7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try.

Argentina is known for its meat and its steaks, but that’s not all Argentina has to offer, as I quickly found out upon starting my Spanish course in Buenos Aires. There is much more! Here are some typical Argentine snacks and drinks you must try.


An alfajor is an amazing cookie. Alfajores come in different flavours and styles, but it basically consists of two cookies with dulce de leche trapped in between. Some are then covered in glaced sugar or chocolate. Argentina is world’s largest consumer of alfajores. (more…)

Hoe drink je en maak je Mate klaar zoals de Argentijnen

Wednesday May 20, 2015 - Posted by
Hoe drink je en maak je Mate klaar zoals de Argentijnen

Mate is een erg populaire drank in Argentinië en zodra je in Buenos Aires bent aangekomen voor je Spaanse lessen,zul je mensen mate zien drinken. Ook als je niet bij een gast gezin woont maar ergens anders (bijvoorbeeld in een van onze studenten verblijven in Buenos Aires)zul je de locale mensen mate zien drinken. Waar? Overal!

Argentijnen houden van en zijn gek op mate en zullen het overal drinken: op werk, thuis, op straat, in parken en alleen of met vrienden of familie.

Het is tijd voor jou, nu je Spaans student in Buenos Aires bent, om meer te leren over deze, voor de locals, belangrijke traditie. Je gaat leren hoe je Mate moet maken en drinken zoals de Argentijnen dat doen. (more…)

Cómo preparar y tomar mate como un verdadero Argentino

Thursday October 16, 2014 - Posted by
Hoe drink je en maak je Mate klaar zoals de Argentijnen

El mate es una bebida muy popular en Argentina, lo más probable es que tan pronto como llegues a Buenos Aires, para tus clases de Español, veas a gente tomando mate. Incluso si no vives con una familia de acogida, y vives en otro lugar (en una de nuestras residencias de estudiantes en Buenos Aires, o en un hostal), verás a la gente local tomando mate. ¿Dónde? ¡En todas partes! 

EL pueblo argentino ama y adora el mate y lo beben en todas partes: en el trabajo, en casa, en las calles de Buenos Aires, en los parques, solos, con amigos o familiares.

Así que, es hora de que como estudiante de español en Buenos Aires, aprendas más sobre esta increíble tradición importante para la población local. Aprenderás cómo preparar y cómo tomar mate como los argentinos. (more…)

How to Prepare and Drink Mate as the Argentines

Monday October 13, 2014 - Posted by
Hoe drink je en maak je Mate klaar zoals de Argentijnen

Mate is a very popular drink in Argentina and you will see people drinking mate as soon as you arrive to Buenos Aires for your Spanish classes. Even if you don’t live with a host family but elsewhere (at one of our students residences in Buenos Aires, or in a hostel), you will see local people drinking mate. Where? Everywhere! 

Argentine people LOVE and ADORE mate and will drink it everywhere: at work, at home, on the streets in Buenos Aires, in the parks, alone, or with friends or relatives.

So it’s time for you now, as a Spanish student in Buenos Aires, to learn more about this incredible important tradition for the local people. You will learn how to prepare and how to drink Mate as the Argentines. (more…)

Comida Argentina: Empanadas, Ñoquis, Tartas, Asado y Mate

Friday November 15, 2013 - Posted by
Argentijns eten: over Empanadas, Noquis, Tartas, Asado and Mate

Al llegar a Argentina para mis clases de español todo lo que sabía era que es muy famosa por su excelente comida, pero muy pronto descubrí que los argentinos comen cuatro veces por día en lugar de tres.

La primera comida del día es el desayuno que es más pequeño en comparación con el americano o europeo. El desayuno típico argentino consiste en café o mate (té de hierbas rico en cafeína) con una media luna ( croissant) o una tostada con mermelada, o dulce de leche. El mate se prepara con agua caliente y una hierba llamada también mate, la cual se sirve en una taza especial con un sorbete de metal. Para los argentinos tomar mate es parte de un ritual que consiste en compartir la taza (llamada también mate como la hierba) con los amigos o con las personas con las que se está. Todos toman de la misma taza y de rato en rato la rellenan Hasta que el agua esté fría que es cuando se necesita preparar otro mate.