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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.  

6 festivales que pondrán a Perú en tu mapa

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Thursday January 19, 2017 - Posted by
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6 Festivals that will put Peru on your map
6 festivales que pondrán a Perú en tu mapa

Si hay algo que los peruanos saben hacer, es festejar.

Con 3000 festivales que se celebran cada año en Peru, el calendario peruano está lleno de celebraciones – una explosión de coloridos desfiles, música, bailes con trajes tradicionales y comida y bebida.

Imagine ver a lugareños disfrazados de colonizadores españoles que usan máscaras con horribles ojos azules y largas barbas peludas; a iconos religiosos que se pasean por plazas llenas de gente, como alguna vez se hizo con las momias de los gobernantes Incas.

El festival más grande de Perú es el Inti Raymi que acaba de pasar el 24 de junio, una celebración al Dios Sol Inca y al solsticio de invierno.

Si estás pensando en estudiar español en Perú y desea hacer coincidir su visita con una fiesta, hay mucho que experimentar durante todo el año.

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Los 12 Platos de la Semana Santa en Cusco

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Thursday January 19, 2017 - Posted by
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The 12 Plates of Holy Week in Cusco

Es tradición en Cusco tener un banquete de 12 platos ya sea el jueves o el viernes de Semana Santa. Tradicionalmente era el jueves, el día antes de que Cristo fuera crucificado, en recuerdo de la Última Cena de Jesús con sus discípulos. Sin embargo, algunas familias en Peru preparan los 12 platos el Viernes Santo para que toda la familia pueda estar presente. Las familias se reúnen alrededor de la mesa para recordar el sacrificio de Cristo.

Las 12 platos son diversos, pero la carne no está permitida porque la mayoría de la gente hace ayuno de carnes rojas en honor a Cristo. Por lo general, hay 6 platos salados y 6 platos dulces, y estos platos varían entre las familias dependiendo de sus preferencias.
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6 festivals die Peru voor jou op de kaart zullen zetten

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Wednesday June 29, 2016 - Posted by
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6 Festivals that will put Peru on your map
6 festivals die Peru voor jou op de kaart zullen zetten

Als er een ding is dat Peruanen kunnen doen, dan is het wel feesten.

Met 3000 epische festivals per jaar, is de Peruaanse kalender vol met geweldige feesten – een explosie van kleurrijke parades, muziek, dansen in kostuums en lekkere hapjes en drankjes!

Je zult bovendien de grappigste dingen mee maken, peruaanse festivals zijn echt een hele ervaring! Er is van alles te zien op straat, van van lokale mensen verkleed als Spaanse kolonisten met lelijke blauwe maskers met lange harige baarden, tot religieuze beelden die gedragen worden door de dichtbevolkte straten en pleinen net zoals ooit gedaan werd met de mummies van de Inca leiders.

Peru’s grootste festival is Inti Raymi, dat net geweest is op 24 juni. Het is de viering van de Inca zonnegod en de stand van de zon. Hier hebben onze studenten zelfs een traditionale dans voor ingestuurd, en hebben ze
meegedaan!

Als je zit te denken om Spaans te gaan studeren in Peru en ook graag een van deze kleurrijke feesten wilt meemaken, wees dan gerust want er zijn het hele jaar door.genoeg festivals te beleven! Hier is een round-up van een aantal van de interesantse Peruaanse festivals.
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6 Festivals that will put Peru on your Map

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Tuesday June 28, 2016 - Posted by
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6 Festivals that will put Peru on your map
6 festivals that will put Peru on your map

If there’s one thing Peruvians know how to do, it’s party.

With an epic 3000 festivals held every year, the Peruvian calendar is packed with celebrations – an explosion of colourful parades, music, dancing in costume and eating and drinking.

Expect to see anything from locals dressed up as Spanish colonists wearing hideous blue-eyed masks with long hairy beards, to religious icons being paraded through crowded plazas as once were the mummies of Inca rulers.

Peru’s biggest festival is Inti Raymi just gone by on June 24, a celebration of the Inca Sun God and winter solstice.

But if you’re thinking about studying Spanish in Peru and want to coincide your visit with a festival, there are plenty to experience right throughout the year.
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Semana Santa is coming up!

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Friday March 18, 2016 - Posted by
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Semana Santa is coming up!

Why not come to learn Spanish in Peru in March or April? From the 20th to the 27th of March 2016 you will be able to witness a fascinating festival in the city of Cusco that combines Andean and Christian traditions: Semana Santa. The Holy Week in the ancient centre of the Inca Empire is considered one of the most important weeks of the year and gives us an exciting insight into Peruvian culture: the perfect setting for a Spanish immersion course in Cusco. Don’t miss this unique experience and don’t miss the special discount! (see below)

Taking us back to the events of 1650, the procession of Holy Monday marks the beginning of the festivities. On this day, the black figure of Christ is carried out into the public and is followed by crowds of sightseers hoping to get a glimpse of the significant statue. (more…)