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The Spanish Schools in Peru

We work with different schools in three different locations in Peru; a large school in the centre of Cusco and a smaller school a bit outside of the centre. Both have their own character and benefits. If you want to meet lots of other (young) travellers and students, school 2 would be more suitable. They organise a lot of extra curricular activities and they can help you find the perfect Voluntary Work Project. If you prefer private lessons and a more personal approach in a small school with just a few teachers then school 1 is the one for you. School two in Cusco also offers group lessons in the much smaller town of Urubamba. We also work with a lovely, small school in beautiful Arequipa.

We will be changing Schools in Arequipa in 2008, new information will follow soon.

Arequipa

The Spanish school

The language school is only one block from the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Arequipa. It is located on the second floor, red floor, bright yellow walls and two balcon doors; you and your private teachers have classes on the 6 present decorated tables, and there is  a coffeecorner where you serve yourself coffee or tea. In the morning you get 2 hours of
grammar and in the afternoon 2 hours of practice.

The school also has a travel agency where you can get information about excursions all over Peru and get a discount as a student of the school. There is a free book exchange and luggage storage.

Many volunteer opportunities in the region: ask us!

Afternoon activities

Salsa and music lessons are given at the Spanish café, cooking and folkloric dances. A full day working together with Peruvian mums in dinning rooms of shanty towns is also one of the many activities available.

The accommodation

Standard you will stay in a private room in an apartment of a Peruvian family. They live on the ground floor and the apartment which you share with fellow students or ex students doing volunteer work in Arequipa is on the first floor. You have your own bedroom and share the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and terrace with the other students. The apartment has cold and warm water, washing machine and cable TV. Very nice detail: breakfast is prepared for you and included in the price. If you cook together with the other students and share costs you can reckon with ±. $ 30 per week for your lunch and dinner. The distance from the apartment to the centre of Arequipa and the school is 15 minutes by taxi ($1) or 30 minutes by local bus ($0, 20). It’s also possible to stay at a guest family where you will get 2 meals a day: breakfast and lunch or dinner. These families are at 15 taxi minutes or 25 bus minutes to school.

The trip

There are no direct flights to Cusco. You will need to buy a flight to Lima and a flight from Lima to Cusco (only in the morning). Depending on the time of arrival, you migth have to stay overnight in Lima because flights to Cusco only leave early morning. We offer a Lima package which includes a night in a nice and quiet hostel in Lima and two transfers: from the International airport to the hostel and the next morning a transfer from the hostel to the national airport.The price of this Lima package is $ 75. For $ 10 we can arrange a transfer from the airport to the guest family in Arequipa.

Included in the standard package for Arequipa:

  • Private or shared lessons of 4 hours per day, five days a week.
  • Study material.
  • Registration fee.
  • Accommodation in a host family with 2 meals or an apartment (breakfast incl.) during the study period from Saturday to Saturday.
  • Optional: One night stay at a hotel in Lima, transfer from the airport to your hotel and from the hotel to the airport of Lima ($ 75).
  • Optional: Transfer from the airport of Arequipa to the local guest family ($ 10).
All prices are in $ US Dollars.
hpd = hours per day
Peru Classes hpd 1 wk 2 wks 3 wks 4 wks extra week extra night transfer
Arequipa
host family
private 4 $ 255 $ 455 $ 655 $ 855 $ 225 $ 10 $ 75
Arequipa
appartment
private 4 $ 235 $ 415 $ 595 $ 775 $ 205 $ 8 $ 75

COUNTRY INFO: PERU

In Peru we chose Cusco, the former Peruvian capital of the powerful Inca Empire. This charming town is the proud heart of the Peruvian Andes culture. Cusco has an altitude of 3.326 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the huge, snow capped mountain peaks of the Andes. It's well deserved that Cusco is one of South America's biggest tourist attractions to study Spanish and to enjoy the magic of the Andes.

Peru is a very large country, over twice the size of France, of which 60 percent is covered by deep jungle. Southern Peru has a lot to offer, one can, for instance, take the train from Cusco to Puno. Puno lies on the shores of the Lago Titicaca. Here one can take one of the typical boats of this lake to visit the floating islands of Uros or the less frequented Taquile. On Taquile you can stay with a guest family. From Puno you can travel on to Copacabana, also on Lake Titicaca, then by bus onwards to La Paz in Bolivia or to Arequipa, a stately colonial city in the southwest of Peru with its lovely Santa Catalina monastery.

If you travel northeast from Arequipa towards Lima, you will pass the famous Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are gigantic figures, mostly of animals, that were cut into the stony desert. There is one carving of a bird that is over 100 meters wide. There are many theories about who made them and why, but it still remains a mystery. If you have interest in the Nazca-lines click http://www.crystalinks.com/nazca.html for more info.
Near Nazca is a cemetery in the desert where the deceased have been well preserved by the extreme dryness of the area. Clothing, hair and sometimes complete bodies can be seen here. The whole thing is quite macabre, but unforgettable!
Peru and Bolivia can be easily combined in one trip. Ask us about it!

Activities Peru

  • Mountain biking.
  • Horseback riding.
  • River rafting.
  • See the Holy Valley from a hot air balloon.
  • Climb a volcano such as the El Misti (5822 m.).
  • Organized hikes of one to eight days.
  • Bungee jumping or Parapente.
  • Salsa dance lessons.
  • Go from Lima to Pisco for a tour to the Ballestas Islands on the way to the Nazca lines.
  • Visit the jungle from Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado or Manú.
  • Visit the highlights of Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lago Titicaca with its floating villages, the Nazca lines, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon with its huge condors and the jungle.
  • Visit archaeological digs of the (pre) Inca period.
  • Do a hike from Huarez or climb the Huascarán (6768 m), the highest mountain in Peru.
  • Voluntary work, there are numerous possibilities in Peru!
  • Learn Quechua, the Indian language that is most often spoken here in Peru.
  • Transport: public bus (chicken bus) or minibus for tourists to all the highlights. Domestic flights are cheap, especially considering the distance.

CITY INFO:AREQUIPA

Situated at a comfortable 2350 meters under the impressive volcano El Misti, Arequipa is the second biggest city but one still thinks one is in a village because there are no high buildings. Arequipa has a university which is why there are many great bars, often with live music. Compared to Cusco there few tourists and thus it is a good place to get to know the Peruvian lifestyle. Historically it is a very interesting town, also known as the "white city", because of its white volcanic stones, silar, with which the old colonial buildings were constructed by the Spanish. Especially the Santa Catalina monastery build in 1580 is very beautiful and serene and a good place to slowly walk around for a few hours. It is one of the most famous constructions of the Colony made for women, who wanted to become nuns. It is a city in miniature. Arequipa has beautiful surroundings, like the deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon. Also very interesting and worth a visit are the Cotahuasi Canyon and the valley of the volcanoes.
Activities Arequipa

  • Roam around the Santa Catalina monastery.
  • Visit the cathedral and La Companía on the plaza de Armas.
  • Visit one of the many beautiful colonial buildings, the most beautiful is undoubtedly Casa Ricketts.
  • Visit the National Park outside of Arequipa to go hiking, bicycling or horseback riding.

CLIMATE

The rain season in Cusco lasts from December to April. The rest of the year is mostly dry. Although there usually is a clear blue sky during the day, it can still get quite chilly at night. During the coldest months, June and July, it can even get below zero. Luckily thick sweaters are really cheap in Cusco!

Come with Adiós Travel to learn Spanish in Arequipa, Peru.

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