Why everyone should learn Spanish in Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru is a beautiful South American town nestled near the Urubamba Valley in the Andes Mountains, but that is not the only reason why it is an ideal location to learn the Spanish language. The people in this area speak clear Spanish with little accent, and visitors can immerse themselves in the culture by mingling with local residents. There are more than three-quarter of a million tourists from around the world that visit the local tourist sites, many of whom speak Spanish as their native language.
You can learn Spanish in Cusco in an independent language school and then practice what you learn outside of class in a number of ways. You can take private lessons in the afternoons, attend intercambios, live with a host family, or enjoy the numerous activities Cusco has to offer to supplement your Spanish immersion experience in Peru.
Practice Your Spanish While Exploring Popular Local Sites
We've listed some of the more popular tourist attractions in the area, in addition to some hidden gems. After spending some time learning Spanish in a classroom in Cusco, the outgoing student should find plenty of opportunity to converse with locals, Spanish speaking tourists, and guides in the following areas. This is by far the best way to extend and improve the educational Spanish immersion experience.
Walk Inca Trails (Camino Inca) – Cusco sits at the heart of the ancient Inca Empire, and serves as a starting point for walking the Inca Trail (actually three overlapping trails). The journey follows paths through the Andes Mountain Range, rising above Cusco. Take a two-day, four-day or longer trek, and enjoy the splendor of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, speaking with people from around the world along the way. At the end of the trail, you'll find the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.
Visit the ruins of Machu Picchu – One of the most popular and famous destinations in Peru is a the ancient Incan citadel in the Andes Mountains, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley and the tropical forests covering the mountain slopes. Built in the fifteenth century, this remarkable site is reached by taking one of the Inca Trails out of Cusco. A World Heritage site, Machu Picchu is a fascinating complex of temples, palaces, plazas and ceremonial sites that give a glimpse into the past.
Saqsaywaman archaeological site - The ancient complex is included on the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Andean Man, the ‘House of the Sun’ is a zigzag shaped, tiered structure that has an impressive array of walls, doors, canals and giant boulders that fit together perfectly. A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is mandatory during any visit to Peru.
Mingle with the Locals
Pisaq (Písac) Market – This is the largest market in Cusco and the perfect place to practice Spanish conversational skills. Vendors sell a variety of crafts and other goods, and food. The market is an excellent place to enjoy the Spanish immersion Cusco offers all visitors.
Centro Historico de Cusco – The historical center of Cusco includes the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) and a number of ancient churches, including La Catedral built in 1560. There are plenty of places to sit and converse with locals and travelers, giving you more wonderful opportunities to practice relevant conversational Spanish.
Have Fun While Learning Spanish in Peru
In addition to the attractions listed above, there are numerous other activities in Cusco for visitors to engage in. The abundance of excursions and adventure opportunities are just part of the reason why it is so attractive to learn Spanish in this beautiful region. Whether visiting the natural attractions of the surrounding areas, exploring the Inca Trails or touring historical sites, you will have plenty of opportunities to develop your Spanish language skills both inside an outside of the classroom. Cusco's residents are proud of their history and heritage and are generally happy to help with your Spanish immersion experience. LanguaTravel always recommends staying with a local host family if you have the chance, even for week. There is no better way to get an insiders experience of the culture and customs of Peru and the Cusco locals.
Interested in enrolling in a Spanish immersion program in Peru? Check out our 1 to 12 week Spanish programs in Cusco.