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Hola!  Welcome to the AMAUTA Spanish Schools blog!

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.  

Salsa Dancing in Peru!

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Sunday May 21, 2017 - Posted by
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Salsa Dancing in Peru!

Salsa dancing in Peru

You cannot come to Cusco, Peru to learn Spanish and not dance salsa! Salsa dancing in Peru is amazing! But although salsa is a must, it may be best to take a couple of days of rest before dancing the night away. Cusco is located at almost 3.500 m. and this is extremely high. When you arrive in Cusco you have to get used to the altitude. Altitude sickness occurs when you cannot get enough oxygen from the air at high altitudes. When you go too high and fast, your body cannot get as much oxygen as it needs. Your body then starts to breathe faster causing symptoms such as headaches. As your body gets used to the altitude, the symptoms go away. Just give yourself a few days to adjust and before you know it, you are ready to explore the nightlife.

Two weeks after my arrival in Peru and the start of my Spanish classes in Cusco, I discovered the nightlife in Cusco. Most bars and discos in Cusco are near the “Plaza de Armas”.

The Plaza de Armas or main square is the center of the historic section in Cusco, accessible from all directions. It is a great meeting place. The Plaza de Armas was called ‘Huacaypata’ after the construction during the Inca Empire. It functioned as the cultural center, or “heart”. The Plaza is often used for special events like festivals, concerts, and gatherings.
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Living at the AMAUTA Student Residence in Cusco

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Thursday December 15, 2016 - Posted by
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Living at the AMAUTA Student Residence in Cusco

Living at the AMAUTA Student Residence in Cusco.

The AMAUTA Student residence, located right in the heart of Cusco city, at a stones throw from the Plaza de Armas, is a great place to live and to explore the city.  The Residence is located within the same building as the Spanish school. Could you possibly be closer to the location of your Spanish classes in Cusco?  The time you safe traveling back and forward to your Spanish classes can be used to explore Cusco.

In the students residence,  you find single and shared rooms, most of them with shared bathroom facilities.  There is a common room, a sunny courtyard, free WIFI and a balcony.

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Learning Spanish in Cusco: 5 Things You Should Know

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Thursday April 23, 2015 - Posted by
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Learning Spanish in Cusco: 5 Things You Should Know

 

Learning Spanish in Cusco is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I highly recommend. Cusco – the main travelers attraction of Peru – is a safe, fun, cosmopolitan, and cultured city—and in my opinion, an ideal place to learn Spanish. Hopefully you agree and have also decided to study Spanish in Cusco. If so, here are five things you should know before studying Spanish in Cusco.
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Exploring Your Christmas Shopping Options in Cusco

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Tuesday December 23, 2014 - Posted by
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If you’re studying Spanish or volunteering in Cusco 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.

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Vivir en la Residencia de estudiantes AMAUTA en Cusco.

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Tuesday December 23, 2014 - Posted by
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Living at the AMAUTA Student Residence in Cusco

La Residencia I está situada justo en el corazón de la ciudad de Cusco, a unos pasos de la Plaza de Armas, la residencia de estudiantes AMAUTA es un gran lugar para vivir y para explorar la ciudad. La Residencia está ubicada en el mismo edificio de la escuela. ¿Podrías estar más cerca de la ubicación de sus clases de español? Hay 14 habitaciones dobles e individuales, la mayoría de ellos con baño compartido y hay dos comidas incluidas para los estudiantes que viven aquí.

Hay un desayuno continental diario (café, té, pan, mermelada, mantequilla) con diferentes extras como el jugo de fruta fresca, huevos, yogur, panqueques, queso y así sucesivamente. Alrededor de la hora del almuerzo, el cocinero sirve una comida casera caliente. Nuestro menú combina platos e ingredientes de la famosa y encantadora cocina peruana, nuestro menú está combinado con platos vegetarianos y cocina internacional.

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Se acerca la Navidad …. a Cusco, Perú!

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Tuesday December 16, 2014 - Posted by
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Participe de nuestro Curso Navideño en nuestra escuela de español AMAUTA! Este curso no sólo incluye clases de español, sino también actividades culturales, todo acerca de vivir la cultura peruana en la época de Navidad.

Además de aprender español, tú experimentarás el momento especial de Navidad en Cusco, aún más si te decides a vivir con una familia peruana local. Pero también la residencia de estudiantes de AMAUTA estará llena de decoraciones y actividades de Navidad.

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Christmas is coming…. to Cusco, Peru!

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Tuesday December 09, 2014 - Posted by
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Take part of our Christmas Spanish Course at AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco! This course does not only include Spanish classes but also cultural activities, all about living the Peruvian culture in the Christmas period.

Besides learning Spanish, you will experience  the special Christmas time in Cusco, even more if you decide to live with a local Peruvian host family. But also the AMAUTA School Student Residence will be full of Christmas decorations and activities.

The AMAUTA Christmas Spanish course includes Spanish classes in small groups as well as:

  • Free participation in AMAUTA activities such as cooking class, salsa dance class, lectures and others
  • Free airport pickup when you have booked your accommodation through AMAUTA
  • Free placement test, evaluation, final text and certificate of completion
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Después de 6 semanas de clases de español en Cusco

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Wednesday September 17, 2014 - Posted by
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After 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Cusco

¡El tiempo vuela cuando te diviertes! Es cierto, seis semanas de clases de español en el Perú han pasado volando. A finales de julio llegué a Cusco por primera vez. Me quedé muy impresionada por las magníficas vistas, la altura y el número de personas que tenían que acostumbrarse a esta nueva ciudad. Ahora, semanas más tarde, se ha convertido en un verdadero hogar para mí. Llegué a conocer a tanta gente; mis compañeros, mis profesores de español, las personas que trabajan en la escuela de español AMAUTA e incluso la gente al azar en las calles de Cusco. En este corto tiempo aprendí como buscar los lugares más baratos para comer fuera. Experimenté la vida nocturna de Cusco, los acontecimientos que suceden en la Plaza de Armas casi a diario, pero sobre todo ¡he aprendido a hablar y comunicarme en español!

La semana pasada tomé un examen. El examen fue escrito, y pertenecía al Nivel avanzado. Yo estaba orgullosa de leer que al parecer tengo un nivel avanzado de español. Durante años había dudado respecto a tomar clases de español. Una vez llevé un curso de 8 clases en casa. Aprendí un poco, pero no lo suficiente. Ahora años después, decidí cumplir con el reto. Empecé a seguir las clases en Cusco en Escuela de Español AMAUTA. Cuatro horas al día. Ahora, 120 horas de clases más tarde, ya conozco casi todas las reglas gramaticales. Por supuesto, mi español no es perfecto todavía. Tengo que trabajar en mi vocabulario y practicar mucho más con toda la gramática del español. Pero al menos sé cuáles son las reglas.
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After 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Cusco

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Tuesday September 16, 2014 - Posted by
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After 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Cusco

After 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Cusco

Time flies when you are having fun! It’s true! Six weeks of Spanish classes in Peru have flown by.  At the end of July I arrived in Cusco for the first time. Impressed by the amazing views, the altitude, and the number of people I had to get used to this new city. Now, weeks later, it has become a genuine home to me. I got to know so many people; my classmates, my Spanish professors, the people working at AMAUTA Spanish School and even random people in the streets of Cusco. I got to know where to find cheap places to eat out, I learned which shops will try to rip me off and therefor to avoid. I experienced Cusco’s nightlife, the events happening at Plaza de Armas at an almost daily base, but most of all I learned the Spanish language!

Last week I took an exam. Above the exam was written nivel avanzado (advanced level). I was proud to read that I apparently have an advanced level of Spanish. For years I doubted to take Spanish classes. I once took an 8 class course at home. Not much came out of that. Now years later, I decided to really go for it. I started following at AMAUTA Spanish School. Four hours every day. Now, 120 hours of classes later, I learned all the grammatical rules. Of course my Spanish is not perfect yet. I need to work on my vocabulary and practice a lot more with all the Spanish grammar. But at least I know what the rules are.
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¡Los mejores restaurantes vegetarianos en Cusco, Perú!

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Thursday May 08, 2014 - Posted by
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The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Cusco, Peru

La cocina peruana es poseedora de variados y deliciosos platos y afortunadamente no todos ellos contienen carne o pescado. En realidad, hay muchas buenas opciones vegetarianas, como el choclo (maíz) con queso, pastel de choclo o tamales, yuca, papa, el tallarín al horno , palta rellena, sopa de zapallo o de calabaza, locro de zapallo, etc. Y por supuesto tenemos el súper alimento; la quinua peruana, que puede ser utilizada en sopas, ensaladas , en reemplazo del arroz, e incluso en platos dulces y postres. La mayoría de los estudiantes de español de la Escuela Amauta en Cusco, que se alojan con una familia local durante su curso, quedan gratamente sorprendidos por la variedad de opciones vegetarianas que tiene la cocina peruana y que sus madres peruanas les ofrecen. También el cocinero de nuestra residencia de estudiantes ofrece excelentes opciones vegetarianas.
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