Spanish & Trekking

AMAUTA Spanish School

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Follow in the steps of the conquistadors with this package that allows you to learn Spanish while also getting out and seeing what Peru is famous for – its mountains and wonderful Inca Ruins. And the best way to appreciate this fabulous sceneryis byhikingthrough it.

AMAUTA’s Spanish and Trekking program enables you to enjoy one week soaking up Cusco’s atmosphere while also learning Spanish in a group class according to your level. Then you will head off into the fabulous Andes Mountains!

The Salkantay Trek, which is also known as ‘the alternative Inca Trail’, is one of the most popular hikes in Cusco. Its popularity has grown especially now that the traditional Inca Trail books rather quickly.

This hike is amagnificent wilderness alternative for those who wish to escape the more congested trekking routes. This route crosses the Andes Mountains and then descends down to the high jungle. This amazing journey will take you through an amazing progression of ecological zones. Experience the views of sparsely vegetated alpine meadows revealing two spectacular glaciated peaks, and then head down through a subtropical forest. The visit to Machu Picchu on Day Five is more exhilarating having trekked across rugged terrain to arrive at this famous citadel of the Incas.

The student will attend our group course in Cusco during the first week and will hike the trek during the second week. Additional weeks of studying Spanish can also be booked upon request.

Accommodation during the week in Cusco is not included; however the package does include accommodation, meals, camping equipment, transportation and a professional guide during the trek.

No fixed departure days, no required minimum. Please be advised that there are no Spanish classes organized while on the trek and only a guide will be present to accompany the students.

Course topics

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities

Class schedule

Course duration
2 weeks
Start dates
Every Monday
Classes per week
20 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 55 min)
Class days
Monday - Friday
School holidays
10 Apr 2020, 01 May 2020, 11 Jun 2020, 24 Jun 2020, 29 Jun 2020, 28 Jul 2020, 29 Jul 2020, 30 Aug 2020, 31 Dec 2020

AMAUTA does not hold classes on the holiday dates above. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.

Class times

You can choose from the following class times:

Morning session
08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Afternoon session
02:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level. You may also take this test before your arrival in Cusco.

Class size

Average 4 students
Maximum 6 students

Student age

Age range 17 years old and older
Average 23 years old

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
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Reviews

100% recommend

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"The school was excellent. Great teachers, well organised, really nice fellow students, good location, some great extra-curricular activities organised by the school too."

Katharine Lindsay, student from UK

Amauta outperformed my expectations. Both group and individual lessons were very good, and they easily worked out my level and matched me to the right teachers. Classes were very good, very focused on speaking, but also covered writing and comprehension. For some lessons, our teachers took us out to visit local museums, which was fantastic.

Most of the students were young (in their twenties) but some of us were older and we were all made to feel welcome and included. I stayed in a hotel but fellow students were staying with local families (organised by the school) and also in the school's onsite hostel. All seemed happy with their accommodation. My son stayed on to study at the school for a few more weeks and moved into the hostel.

Cusco is a great place to live and study Spanish. It's small enough to really get to grips with and it's safe to walk around. The school is very well located. There are lots of things to do at weekends, with lots of nearby trips to do (and of course Machu Picchu). Cusco is surprisingly full of excellent restaurants, including quite a number of good vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Lots of us meat eaters chose to keep going back for more!

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My ratings for this school

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2 Sep 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
Indie, Booking Department at AMAUTA Spanish School responded to this review.
12 September 2019

Hi Katy,

Thank you very much for your nice review. Always welcome in Cusco, Peru!

The AMAUTA team

"Amauta Spanish School was an interesting experienc."

Sandra Hack, student from USA

I traveled to Cusco, through Pisac, to adjust to the altitude. The school is in a building with several floors that overlook a central court / entrance area. It is possible to live at the school. I am an older adult and decided I would prefer an apartment. The students were a mix of gap year university students and older folks. There are several levels of instruction. You are placed into your level on Monday of each week. I was only able to attend for one week and was placed in an intermediate level class with three other students. They were very nice, we got along very well.
There was a conversation teacher for the first two hours and a grammar teacher for the second two hours. Both of my teachers were very good. The school is very similar in it's approach to instruction to the Italian Language Schools I have attended in Italy.
We had two outings to local museums during classes. The visits lasted the length of the class time. One was to the Inka Museum. I particularly enjoyed that and went back on my own time to see more of the museum.
There are also evening activities, a dinner together, salsa dancing and other activities
The school has it's own travel agency and so they were able to arrange my transportation to Pisac and back. They also arrange airport transfers.
I enjoyed my time at Amauta and worked quite a bit on my Spanish..

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12 Nov 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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Marielle, Booking Department at AMAUTA Spanish School responded to this review.
26 November 2018

Hola Sandra,
Thank you so much for your nice and detailed review!
We are happy you enjoyed your time at our school in Cusco.
Hasta luego!

"Great"

Palav Shah, student from USA

My time in Peru was incredible! The best part about Amauta was the students and the teachers. Everyone was so welcoming and we all became friends rather quickly. The initial placement test really helped the students be at the right level. The teachers were supportive and I enjoyed how they took us outside the classroom to museums and markets to further utilize our Spanish. During the weekends when we had no classes, the students would all do excursions together and we became one big family. My Spanish got significantly better in just 3 weeks and my confidence went up as well. I'm so happy with Amauta and the program in Cusco!

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
10 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
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Yes
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"Just perfect!"

renate heida

I took 4 weeks of Spanish, and am happy to anounce that I really improved my spanish! The teachers really new how to make it interesting and we even visited the chocolate museum! The classes were teached in a really practical way and there was a lot of attention for me as we were in a class with only 4 students. I also lived in the residence and this experience was just a good as the classes. I had a really nice roommate and grew fond of each other. And yes, we had warm showers ;p
I would definatly recommend Amauta Spanish School to anyone!

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Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
1 Jan 2018 - 1 Feb 2018
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Yes

"The perfect place to make friends with people from all over the world and to improve your Spanish really fast!"

Janna Steenblock

I went to Amauta Spanish School for three weeks. I was tought by different teachers, all of them were really kind and we did not just study Spanish grammar but learned also a lot about the Peruvian culture. We made different excursions with our teachers to important places in Cusco. I liked the combination of Grammar lessons and excursions. The school is located in the city center and everything is near by (restaurants, coffee shops, supermarket, museums etc.). Apart from the Spanish classes, the school offered daily activities for the students such as dancing classes, movie nights, visits of museums, a Pisco Sour class (we learned how to make this popular Peruvian cocktail) and more! It was very easy to make friends with other students and I really felt home during my stay!

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2 weeks
Date of study
15 Jan 2018 - 2 Feb 2018
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"A great experience"

Montserrat Klinge

My time at Amauta Spanish School was an unforgettable experience. I did a group course for four weeks in Cusco and I really liked it. The teachers were friendly and really helpful by giving tips. Every day after the Spanish classes the school offered for free different activities( like Peruvian Cooking, salsa dancing) to learn more about Peruvian culture. I stayed in the student residence of the school and i had a great time. I got to meet people from different countries, making it great experience. While I was staying in Cusco I also visited Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and some other amazing places.
I definitely recommend Amauta Spanish school if you want to learn Spanish while having an amazing time.

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Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
1 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"Great learning experience with professional native teachers"

Koen

I took 4 weeks of group classes with Amauta Spanish School and they really made my stay in Cusco unforgettable. The professional native teachers were super nice and helpful and improved my grammar significantly. Also, the daily activities that were organised helped me to improve my Spanish and knowledge of the Peruvian culture. I would totally recommend Amauta Spanish school to backpackers and other travelers who are planning to go to Cusco!

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3 weeks
Date of study
28 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
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"It was very good."

Patrícia Castro, student from Brazil

I love the school, teachers and students.
It wasn't a regular school, it was a travel experience with a lot of culture. Learning Spanish in a pleasant way. Classes in a cafe or interesting chats.
The food was homemade - delicious!
The only thing I would suggest to improve is the rooms.

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24 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
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Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"It was a very nice week, enjoyed it a lot."

Olivia Furrer, student from Switzerland

The school was very nice, well located and all the teachers were very nice. They offered a cheap lunch which is very nice.
Sometimes, classes were not so well structured and more chatter-hour.
But all in all I can recommend it, to go there, also because Cusco is such a nice place.

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20 Mar 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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"Wonderful experience"

Sidrah Qureshi

I had such a great time studying Spanish at Amauta in Cusco. The teachers and all the staff were so kind and helpful. They went out of their way to help me with anything I need. My Spanish improved incredibly fast and I am able to speak very well now. The nice little outings and activities we did during the week with the teachers and fellow students were a lot of fun. We learned to cook Peruvian dishes, participated in Salsa dance classes, did art classes, went to the Chocomuseo, etc. I also made friends from all over the world. My experience was great! Muchas gracias Amauta!

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
13 Feb 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
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Yes

"An awesome experience!"

Dieneke Temmerman

I took 4 weeks of group lessons at Amauta Spanish School in Cusco. It was an awesome experience where I got to meet a lot of nice people and to learn the beautiful Spanish Language. Cusco is a really nice city with a lot of things to do.
I stayed in the Student residence of Amauta and I really liked it. My room was big and I had 3 really nice roommates. The lunch at school was delicious, and I really liked it that I had the change to taste the Peruvian cuisine. The staff of Amauta are really friendly and they also speak English. What I liked about the Spanish classes is that you got to learn the grammar, and that you also got the opportunity to talk alot. We also went to sights and markets in Cusco, to practice our Spanish but also to learn some more about the Peruvian Culture. The school also offers different free activities every week, like a cooking class and Salsa class. I really enjoyed my time here, I had alot of fun and made some friends for life!!

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3 weeks
Date of study
15 Feb 2016 - 7 Mar 2016
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Yes

"A lot of fun while improving my Spanish"

Suus Pierik

When I arrived at the school I immediately felt at home, there was a nice atmosphere, and a great group of students.
I had a lot of fun during the class, we played games, went to explore the city and got to know each other.
I already knew Spanish, but with my four-week classes I was able to improve my language skills a lot; especially the conversation part. We talked a lot during the classes about our life back home, what we thought of Cusco and what we wanted for our future; this way we practiced all the time.
The location of the school is perfect, which is only two streets from the main square, so everything is at walking distance.
During my classes I stayed in the student residence at the school, this way I got to know a lot of new people from all over the world; a good way to make new friends.
Together with the other students I often joined the activities in the evening organized by the school. I especially liked the salsa classes and the cocktail workshops, we always had a lot of fun!
Cusco is an amazing city to make new friends, learn Spanish and get to know the Peruvian culture.

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
1 Feb 2016 - 26 Feb 2016
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"Amauta Spanish School in Cusco!"

Idi Huisman

The classes are really nice. The exam on the first day decides which level you will start with your classes.
The teachers are really nice and they know a lot. With the games they make the lessons interactive and interesting!
The location of the school is really, really nice! It is in the city center and everything is nearby. I found the facilities not really good. Because the bathrooms at the first and the third floor are really bad. Also the rule that you have to be quiet at 10 PM is really early because if you want to have a chat with some friends you made, it's not possible, and you are also not allowed to sit in the living room after 10. So that's really sad! The food is also not really good. In the 5 weeks that I am here, we already found 2 worms in the food for lunch. Also, there is not much variety in the food: rice, chicken and potatoes. The breakfast is also always the same: white bread.

The activities are nice. The cooking class is really interesting.

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3 weeks
Date of study
29 Sep 2014 - 20 Oct 2014
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Yes

"Learning Spanish while having so much fun is very easy; all the teachers and staff members try to make your stay as comfortable as possible!"

Vanessa Tippach

The location of the school is excellent and the classes with a max of 6 ppl are just perfect. All teachers are so much fun, trying to explain everything for all students. Double or 3 Bedroom accommodation helps to make new friends quickly. Also the evening activities like cooking or salsa classes are a very nice special. Breakfast and lunch are quite ok, though the lunch could be little more varied.

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3 weeks
Date of study
29 Sep 2014 - 24 Oct 2014
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"Cusco is such a lovely place, I had a great experience!"

Joyce Kouwenhoven

I studied for two weeks at the AMAUTA Spanish school. I really loved the ambiance of the school. I met so many new people and everybody was so nice. We did a lot of activities like Salsa dancing, cooking together, etc. I learned a lot and I would recommend the school to everybody!

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
22 Sep 2014 - 3 Oct 2014
Would you recommend this school?
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Jose Berendse, Director at AMAUTA Spanish School responded to this review.
31 October 2014

Thanks for your nice words, the AMAUTA team in Cusco is glad you had a good time with us.

"Informal good atmosphere"

Lisa Giavedoni

My experience with Amauta, was overall very, very good. My Spanish went from beginner to really advanced in a few months. Not really liked the teachers, but actually loved them! The school is very informal and relaxed and they offer you free activities what makes it very nice to meet new people and get to know the city. The building is a little bit small, but you will get used to it.

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Duration of study
9 weeks
Date of study
18 Aug 2013 - 24 Oct 2013
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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Housing

AMAUTA offers the following housing types:
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Host Family

A$ 266
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Age range: 16 years old and older
Location: Outside the city center of Cusco
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and lunch (14 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, telephone, and 24/7 supervision
Distance to school: 10 - 25 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, before 11:00 AM
A$ 266
Our host family option is available particularly for the students that wish to make a cultural journey, aiming not to only learn the Spanish language but to also learn much more about Peruvian culture and ways of life, through the experience of living with a local family.

AMAUTA host families are middle class families who are carefully chosen and monitored through regular inspections and student feedback. The student will always have their own private room and share other facilities such as bathroom, living room and others with the members of the family. Guest families provide two a day and special diets, such as for vegetarians, can be catered for. All students get a key of the house and of their room.
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Student Residence Double

A$ 266
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: Calle San Agustin 249, Cusco, Cusco xxx, Peru
Location: In the city center of Cusco
Housing type: Student residence (on-campus)
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: Breakfast and lunch (14 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, telephone, computers, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, and 24/7 supervision
Distance to school: 1 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, before 10:00 AM
A$ 266
The student residence in Cusco is located within the school buiding and therefore ideal for those who like to be close to the school and who enjoy contact with other students from different parts of the world.
AMAUTA is located two blocks away from the central plaza, the Plaza de Armas!

There are both double and single rooms, with private or shared toilets, a lovely sunny terrace and a common kitchen and living room. There is free, wireless internet. We also have our own chef who prepares a delicious range of Andean and foreign cuisine. Breakfast and a delicious homecooked lunch are included in this option.

Student Residence Single

A$ 387
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: Calle San Agustin 249, Cusco, Cusco xxx, Peru
Location: In the city center of Cusco
Housing type: Student residence (on-campus)
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and lunch (14 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, telephone, computers, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, and 24/7 supervision
Distance to school: 1 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, before 10:00 AM
A$ 387
The student residence in Cusco is located within the school buiding and therefore ideal for those who like to be close to the school and who enjoy contact with other students from different parts of the world.
AMAUTA is located two blocks away from the central plaza, the Plaza de Armas!

There are both double and single rooms, with private or shared toilets, a lovely sunny terrace and a common kitchen and living room. There is free, wireless internet. We also have our own chef who prepares a delicious range of Andean and foreign cuisine. Breakfast and a delicious homecooked lunch are included in this option.
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Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. The school is also not authorized to issue documents to support your visa application. If you need a visa, you have to apply for a visitor or tourist visa on your own.

Flights and airport transfer

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Cusco based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

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