Spanish Schools in Peru
Where can I learn Spanish in Peru?
You can learn Spanish in Peru at different locations while traveling. Peru offers the unique opportunity to learn Spanish at different Spanish Schools in other regions of this fantastic country. You can follow the Spanish Program at four other locations in Peru, each highlighting another aspect of Peruvian culture and nature:
After your Spanish lessons in the picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas* you can continue your travels in Peru and combine your Spanish courses and go:
- Study Spanish in the beautiful city of Cusco,
- Study Spanish in the green and lush rainforest of Tambopata*
- Learn Spanish in the colorful Peruvian capital city of Lima
The Spanish School is located in the center of Cusco, the cultural heart of the Peruvian Andes, in the original neighborhood of San Blas. Cusco is 3.400 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains and valleys. It has a population of 350,000 inhabitants, and the region has much beauty to offer: the panorama of the Andes, many famous Inca ruins, and the magical town of Machu Picchu. Cusco is an eclectic city full of culture and history.
The word Cusco means: "navel of the world," and that's what it was for the Incas: the center of their world. After the conquest, the Spanish built their colonial churches and houses on the Inca foundations. This fascinating mix of architectural styles is still very evident in the city.
Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, has enough to hold the interest of even the most demanding of tourists: the convents, the churches, the museums, the Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral, and the ruins in and around Cusco (Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay). Almost every street has remains of Inca Walls, arches, and doorways.
Cusco is one of the most popular travel hubs of Latin America, a great destination for a Spanish course in Peru. After the Spanish lessons, you can join salsa class, Peruvian cooking classes, or explore this stunning city.
The Sacred Valley
Outside of Cusco, you will find the breathtaking Sacred valley, one of the critical areas of the Inca civilization thanks to the fertile lands, the waters of the Sacred Urubamba or Vilcanota River, and the friendly climate.
This is the perfect location to immerse in Peruvian culture and learn about the ancient Peruvian civilizations while enjoying the stunning countryside.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of Cusco's most visited tourist attractions – but most people spend a day here to see the highlights. But there is so much more it's a region. This natural area comprises rivers, mountains, lagoons, Andean villages, and, above all, Inca archaeological sites of great importance.
When you are not in class or learning Spanish, there are many opportunities for exploring the valley. Popular day trips include Pisac and Ollantaytambo - where the people are direct descendants of the Incas, - and the villages of Chichero, Maras, and Moray. You can also bo hiking, biking, or do river rafting or go for a lovely picnic in the mountains behind the villages.
Participants in the Spanish in the Sacred Valley program have spoken so highly of this location that we strongly recommend following part of Spanish classes in the Sacred Valley. The school maintains a high level of instruction as the instructors from Cusco rotate between Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the Peruvian Rainforest.
Tambopata National Park is a natural reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, at an hour's flight from Cusco – or a 12-hour bus drive. Tambopata has incredible biodiversity in flora and fauna and is a refuge for endangered species and other specimens of exotic wildlife. Spending time here, learning Spanish, and making daily trips and participate in the activities is a truly unique experience.
Tambopata is known for its wildlife. If you are lucky, you will see monkeys, black caimans, capibaras, tapirs, birds, felines, jaguars, tapirs, harpy eagles, giant otters, macaws, and other endemic animals that have disappeared from other regions of the Peruvian rainforest.
From the lodge where you will stay during the Spanish lessons in the Amazon jungle, you can visit Lake Sandoval Monkey Island or organize a special visit to the famous Clay Lick - the biggest in the world!
The lodge is located approximately one hour by boat from Puerto Maldonado. It is set in the beautiful rainforest beside the flowing Tambopata river. The surroundings are beautiful, and just walking around the land at the lodge itself will be a fantastic experience for the Spanish students. Tambopata stretches for miles around the Amazon. You will witness a vast and impressive wildlife landscape, ancient trees, and rivers.
Peru is one of the leading tourist destinations in South America, and there is a fantastic variety of things for you to see and do while learning Spanish in Lima. The former 'city of the Kings' and 'food capital of South America' has different faces: from the vividly painted colonial constructions in the downtown core near the Plaza de Armas to the makeshift houses built on the dry rolling hills of the outskirts, to a trendy neighborhood full of street art as Barranco, to new and modern shopping malls.
There is something for everyone in Lima. UNESCO ranks the architecture as a world heritage site, and gourmets rate the Peruvian cuisine as one of the finest in the world. After Spanish lessons, you can visit exciting museums (e.g. the Gold Museum) or art galleries or go dining or to a fancy nightclub. Of course you can go for stroll along the beach too, or go biking in Lima. The school is located in Miraflores, Lima's cultural and entertainment heart, a wonderful place to start or end your Spanish learning adventure. The main square of Miraflores, just a short walk from the school, is easy to find. Exploring the dozens of nearby restaurants, cafes, stores, parks, and hotels is an exciting introduction to this unique city.