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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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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…)

Quick Guide to Cusco´s Tourist Ticket

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Sunday August 30, 2015 - Posted by
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Quick Guide to Cusco´s Tourist Ticket

Quick Guide to Cusco’s Tourist Ticket

There are many impressive things to see and do in and around Cusco. This makes Cusco such a great destination for Spanish courses in Peru.

Cusco, the old capital of the Inca Empire, offers great options for trekking and other adventure sports such a rafting, hiking, mountain biking, mountain biking and so on. But the most important are probably the many Inca ruins and traditional culture.

While not everyone has the time or inclination to visit them all, other people will try to fit in as many as possible. The Tourist Ticket or Boleto Turistico is likely to be necessary at some point as a number of the sites do not offer single entry tickets. It is also an economic way to see the sites if you are keen to visit many or all of them during your while learning Spanish in Cusco. (more…)

Zoveel shoppen in Cusco Peru!

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Monday March 03, 2014 - Posted by
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Shopping in Cusco Peru

Wanneer je in Cusco bent, zie je overal winkels door heel de stad heen en verkopers door heel de straat. Veel bieden handwerk, sieraden en kunst aan, maar ook verschillende soorten fruit. Als je op zoek bent om te winkelen en je hebt een budget, dan ben je hier op de goede plek. Onderhandelen hier in Cusco wordt niet alleen geaccepteerd, het wordt zelfs van je verwacht en zo verdien je hun respect. Terwijl de meeste spullen al behoorlijk goedkoop zijn, zijn de prijzen toch wat hoger dan normaal, omdat de verkoper er op rekent dat er bij de onderhandeling nog wat af zal gaan. En laten we eerlijk zijn: toeristen en reizgers in Peru betekenen “geld” voor de lokale bevolking. Zo is het op de markten en straten van Peru mogelijk om geld te besparen en tegelijkertijd je Spaans te oefenen.

De San Pedro markt, twee blokken ten noorden van de Plaza de Armas, is een van de eerlijkste markten in Cusco. Voorheen bekend als Central Market, is San Pedro vol met peruaanse cultuur en je kunt er heerlijke lekkernijen vinden om te proberen. Veel verse producten, brood, vlees, eieren, kaas heel veel groente en fruit zorgen ervoor dat veel lokale mensen en toeristen deze markt regelmatig bezoeken. Er zijn ook meerdere kleine sap, donut en lunch cafés te vinden op de markt. Daarnaast zijn er ook veel handwerk verkopers die je zeker eens moet bezoeken.
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So much shopping in Cusco Peru

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Monday March 03, 2014 - Posted by
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Shopping in Cusco Peru

Shopping in Cusco!

While visiting Cusco you’ll see plenty of shops all around the city and vendors scattered all around the streets; many offering handcrafts, jewelry, art and different kinds of food as well. If you’re looking for shopping and you’re on a budget, you’ve come to the perfect place. Haggling in Peru is not only accepted, it’s expected and it earns their respect. While most items may already appear inexpensive they are marked up because of the expectations of price reductions and let’s face it, tourists mean money for the locals here in Peru. It is possible to save more money here while simultaneously practicing your Spanish language skills.

The San Pedro market located just two blocks north of the Plaza de Armas is one of the earliest markets in Cusco. Formerly known as Central Market, San Pedro is full of culture and good treats to eat. With tons of fresh produce, bread, meat, eggs, cheese and other grocery items many locals and tourists alike frequent this particular market. There are several small juice, donut and lunch cafés through out the market as well. San Pedro also offers many hand craft vendors to check out as well.
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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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Inmersión Cultural y clases de Español en Perú: ¡todo acerca de las deliciosas papas!

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Monday October 21, 2013 - Posted by
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Potatoes Cusco Peru

Los científicos creen que la papa comenzó su carrera en la cultura alimentaria entre 2000 y 3000 años antes de Cristo y continúa hoy en día con muchos sabores, tamaños y texturas diferentes. Los científicos también afirman que todas las papas tienen su origen en los Andes de Perú, más de 100 variedades se pueden encontrar en un solo valle. Algunos de los hallazgos arqueológicos más antiguos fueron localizados alrededor del lago Titicaca.

La Papa Perricholi (papa blanca) es ahora una de las papas más populares que se venden en los mercados peruanos. La particularidad de esta variedad de papa es que al pelar no se vuelven marrones, por eso son ideales para usarlas en restaurantes.
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