AMAUTA Spanish School
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.
Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities
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.
You can choose from the following class times:
Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.
|Age range||17 years old and older|
|Average||23 years old|
AMAUTA offers you customized tuition at the level and pace which best suits your personal goals. AMAUTA is known for its interactive, communicative and personal teaching methods. All standard programs include four hours of private or group instruction per day. Additional hours can be arranged. AMAUTA also organizes special programs such as Spanish for Travelers, Inca Civilization, Christmas Course, Spanish for 55+, volunteer work and internship programs.
We work with four levels, fixing the goals for each based on our experience and in accordance with the curriculum of the Instituto Cervantes and their equivalents in the Council of Europe. The levels are Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Superior. Spanish lessons are conducted by two different teachers, giving students the opportunity to hear a range of Spanish accents.
All AMAUTA teachers are native Spanish speakers and professionals who have qualified under the AMAUTA teachers' course and participate in continuing education during their employment. AMAUTA's teachers are committed to giving students the richest possible experience of Peruvian culture and customs.
AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco is very conveniently located at only a few blocks away from Plaza de Armas, in a beautiful, recently renovated colonial building. The popular AMAUTA Student Residence is also incorporated in this building.
AMAUTA has partnerships with the following universities and colleges in Peru. You can gain full or conditional acceptance into one of these institutions.
The nationality and age mix at AMAUTA Spanish School varies over different time periods, courses and levels. Throughout the year, the average age is 23. In the summer, the average age is 23.
AMAUTA teaches students from all over the world, including:
AMAUTA does not hold classes on the holiday dates below. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
AMAUTA Spanish School Peru is located in stunning Cusco, the former capital of the legendary Inca Empire, in a beautiful, recently renovated colonial building, only two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas, the central square, close to cafes, bares, restaurants, souvenir shops and famous sites. The school has brightly-lit classrooms, many of which with traditional blue balconies, and also includes the popular AMAUTA Student residence. From here it's only a few hours to the world famous lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
Cusco has it all: art, magic, mystery, history and beauty united in the centre or the “belly button” of the world. (Cusco means “navel” in Quechua.) Cusco is a special destination: with beautiful streets and squares, awe inspiring Inca monuments and elegant colonial constructions that are illuminated by a blue sky with white clouds. Cusco is very well connected and you can travel safely to the most important places of the ancient Inca Empire with ease: Puno and Lake Titicaca, the Peruvian Amazon, the beautiful colonial city of Arequipa and last but not least, the impressive “Lost City of the Incas”, the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Daily free cultural activities such as Peruvian dance, salsa dancing, Peruvian cooking, Latin American movie and music or weaving workshops, make AMAUTA Spanish School a unique educational destination in Peru. AMAUTA Spanish programs in Peru run in three locations: the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Amazon rainforest of Tambopata.
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!
Thank you very much for your nice review. Always welcome in Cusco, Peru!
The AMAUTA team
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..
Thank you so much for your nice and detailed review!
We are happy you enjoyed your time at our school in Cusco.
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!Show details » Read more...
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!
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!Show details » Read more...
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.
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!Show details » Read more...
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.
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.
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!Show details » Read more...
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!!
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.
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.
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.Show details » Read more...
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!Show details » Read more...
Thanks for your nice words, the AMAUTA team in Cusco is glad you had a good time with us.
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.Show details » Read more...
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying Spanish in Cusco. These homes are often between 10 - 25 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
Student residences are more suitable for an independent student, who is looking for clean, basic accommodation at an economic price. All students must be 18+. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about student residence accommodation
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.
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.
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