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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.  

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

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Friday November 30, 2018 - Posted by
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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, pre-Colombian salt mines and even one-of-a-kind hotels installed high up on the valley sides. Join us as we rundown the eleven Must Visit Sites and best things to do in the Sacred Valley.

Spoiler: yes, AMAUTA Spanish School offers Spanish classes at this amazing location (see #11)!

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Hoe ziet een willekeurig dag op onze Sacred Valley Campus er uit?

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Monday February 29, 2016 - Posted by
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What to do on a typical day at the AMAUTA Sacred Valley Campus?

Hoe ziet een willekeurig dag op onze Sacred Valley Campus er uit?

Net van de weg af, tussen Urubamba en Ollantaytambo en op een uurtje afstand van Cusco, biedt de AMAUTA Campus in Yanahuara studenten de mogelijkheid om een week weg te zijn van de drukte en de wat lagere temperatuur in Cusco. Het klimaat in de Sacred Valley is over het algemeen heel aangenaam en er zijn meerdere bekende en mooie toeristen attracties vlakbij. Tijdens een gezellig week op het Peruaanse platteland leren de studenten en de Spaanse docenten elkaar heel goed te leren kennen, en maken de studenten grote sprongen met hun Spaans! Elke dag is er een andere aktiviteit om aan mee te doen!

De meeste AMAUTA groepen bestaan uit studenten uit de VS, uit Duitsland, Zwitserland, Nederland, Zweden of Canada komen. Maar er zijn ook deelnemers uit Japan, of uit Brazilie, of uit Frankrijk of Turkije… (more…)

What to do on a typical day at the AMAUTA Sacred Valley Campus?

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Saturday December 19, 2015 - Posted by
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What to do on a typical day at the AMAUTA Sacred Valley Campus?

What to do on a typical day at the AMAUTA Sacred Valley Campus?

Settled just off the road that wanders between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, AMAUTA’s campus or Spanish School  in the Sacred Valley, allows students to spend a week away from the hustle and cool temperatures of Cusco. The climate in the Sacred Valley is generally quite temperate, there are several famous and gorgeous tourist sites quite close, and students get to spend a week getting to know the area, their professors and each other, and practicing Spanish in every-day activities.

A typical group from AMAUTA Spanish School includes students from the US, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and Canada.. many times there are students as well from Turkey, from France, or Belgium, Japan or Brazil… (more…)

Mini Gids voor Cusco´s Toeristen Ticket

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Monday September 21, 2015 - Posted by
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Quick Guide to Cusco´s Tourist Ticket

Mini Gids voor Cusco´s Toeristen Ticket

Er zijn heel veel indrukwekkende dingen te zien en te doen in (de buurt van) Cusco – dit maakt Cusco ook zo’n geweldige bestemming voor Spaanse lessen in Peru.

De oude hoofdstad van het Inca Rijk biedt mooie opties voor trekkingen en andere avontuurlijke sporten, zoals rafting, hiking, mountain biking, enzovoorts. Maar de meest belangrijke zijn waarschijnljk wel de vele Inca ruines en traditionele cultuur.

Terwijl niet iedereen de tijd en neiging heeft om ze allemaal aan te doen, zullen andere mensen proberen er zoveel mogelijk te bezoeken als mogelijk. Het Toeristen Ticket of Boleto Turistico zul je nodig nodig hebben, omdat bij een heel aantal van de plaatsen het niet mogelijk is om een los ticket te kopen. Daarnaast is het ook de goedkoopste manier, als je erop uit bent om ze allemaal te bezoeken tijdens je Spaanse cursus in Cusco. (more…)

Escapate de la ciudad de Cusco (Perú) y relajate en el apacible Ollantaytambo

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Tuesday February 25, 2014 - Posted by
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RELAX IN PEACEFUL OLLANTAYTAMBO

Después de unas semanas del curso de español en Cusco, algunos de nuestros estudiantes están a la busca de una escapadita fuera del Cusco y pasar un buen fin de semana. Si estás buscando un poco de “tranquilidad” y te gustaría visitar una aldea típica peruana en el campo, lejos del ajetreo diario y de la fiesta en Cusco , te recomendamos el pequeño pueblo de Ollantaytambo. Este es un lugar perfecto para escapar de la ciudad de Cusco. Desde la estación de autobuses en la Calle Pavitos en Cusco te tomará tan sólo 1,5 horas o 2 horas en autobús para llegar a Ollantaytambo , ubicado a 80 km al noroeste de Cusco en el Valle Sagrado de los Incas , el precio de un billete de autobús es aproximadamente 10 soles. El viaje en autobús te dará una vista impresionante de las zonas rurales en Cusco, inmediatamente después de salir de la ciudad. Pasando por el campo , verás a los lugareños con ropas tradicionales y ganado pastando en la ladera de la carretera, además de sus casas pequeñas y tradicionales. Y si ves al horizonte en la parte superior de las montañas verás la nieve. Una vez que llegues a Ollantaytambo , todo lo que veras son las montañas, los muros incas típicos, algunas personas y algunos niños jugando en las calles. Escucharás el sonido de un arroyo ondulante , respirarás aire puro y disfrutarás del buen tiempo. Como Ollantaytambo se encuentra a 2.700 metros sobre el nivel del mar, es sin duda un poco más caliente que Cusco (3,400 metros sobre el nivel del mar ), será un buen cambio. Notarás la diferencia , sobre todo durante las noches.
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Escape the city of Cusco (Peru) and relax in peaceful Ollantaytambo

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Tuesday February 25, 2014 - Posted by
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RELAX IN PEACEFUL OLLANTAYTAMBO

After a few weeks of Spanish course in Cusco, some of our students are looking for a nice and quit weekend get-away. If you are looking for some ‘tranquilidad’ and you like to visit a typical Peruvian village at the countryside, away from the daily hassle and partying in Cusco, I recommend the small town of Ollantaytambo. This is a perfect escape from the city of Cusco. From the bus station in Calle Pavitos in Cusco it takes only 1,5 up till 2 hours by bus to get to Ollantaytambo, located at 80 km northwest of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the price of a one way bus ticket is approximately 10 soles. The bus ride will give you an amazing view of the countryside in Cusco, immediately after leaving the city. Passing by the countryside, you will see people with traditional clothes and cattle grazing on the side of the road, close to their small, traditional houses. At the background, the top of the mountains covered with snow. Once arriving in Ollantaytambo, all you’ll see are mountains, the typical inca walls, few people and some kids playing on the streets. You’ll hear the sound of a rippling stream, breath in fresh air and enjoy the warmer weather. As Ollantaytambo is located at 2700 above sea level, it is definitely a bit warmer than Cusco (3400 mtrs above sea level), which is a nice change. You will notice the difference, especially during the nights.
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