Cusco is the most fascinating and picturesque city I have ever been to; a place full of history with a rich cultural heritage. I would certainly consider this city to be the jewel of the Andes – it is a treasure that everybody should visit at least once in their lifetime! Cusco has so much to offer: its enchanting art and architecture, the many interesting museums, the nice bars and restaurants, and the beautiful landscapes around the city.
If you decide to go to Peru you cannot miss a trip to the ancient capital of the Inca Empire Cusco (3,400m above sea level!), also named Qosqo in Quechua which means “the belly button of the world”.
Having my roots in this wonderful city I can’t recommend Cusco enough as a place to learn Spanish. Not only the setting in the middle of the mystical Andes is incredible but also the local people are very friendly and open to visitors.
Thinking back on my two months in Lima, I’m having a difficult time classifying my time here, and I think that says a lot in itself about the Peru that I’ve gotten to know! There’s so much diversity here that you can’t place much in categories, generalize and get away with it – there’s far too much here for that. From the three climate zones – la costa (the coast), la sierra (the mountains), and la selva (the rainforest) – to the people that inhabit those regions, to the obviously vast differences in the socio-economic makeup of the country; there is just too much variety to say any one thing about Peru.
That variety provides students with great opportunities to see some amazing places. Being situated in Lima, you are in the perfect place to travel throughout the country. As one-third of the Peruvian population lives in Lima, everything runs through the city. You can take flights to take weeklong tours of the jungle or to spend time hiking up to Machu Picchu or take a bus for a weekend to the Nazca Lines or to a northern beach town. And with the school, you can adjust your schedule around these trips. Take a week off to travel and come back for more time improving you comprehension.
If, like me, you’re the kind of person who wants to be fully immersed in the language as well as in the local culture, then Cusco is definitely right for you! Cusco is simply full of Spanish colonial heritage, as well as Inca history, and is located not far from the world famous ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu! It all makes Cusco, in my opinion, the perfect place to learn Spanish and discover Latin America!
There’s just so much to do in Cusco! After classes there are all kinds of activities organized by the school – kayaking trips or riding in a hot air balloon, guided tours of Cusco and much more! And of course a trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu! Walking the Inca Trail alongside breathtaking mountain views and cloud forests is simply amazing, …and the view you get as you approach this incredible ‘lost city’ is unforgettable!
I’m learning Spanish in Lima. Apparently, the school I’m at is quite new, but it doesn’t seem like it at all. All the teachers and staff are very professional, so so SO nice, and everything is really well organized!
There is so much culture in Peru, with the food, music and people. I’ve learnt a lot of Spanish in just 4 weeks, and feel much more confident with my Spanish now. The class sizes are very small, so we all get a lot of personal attention. We do learn grammar, but the whole focus is on using it, putting it into practice, getting used to speaking in Spanish and understanding Spanish when we’re spoken to.