Academia Latinoamericano

Learn Spanish in Cusco, Peru

The Area & School

Located in southeastern Peru in the Andes Mountains, Cusco sits on the capital site of the Inca empire. The city is an extremely popular tourist destination and serves as a gateway to the Incan Trail and the world famous ruins at Machu Picchu. The Spanish school is housed in a gorgeous 19th century colonial home directly behind the Qorikancha, the Pre-Colombian Temple of the Sun.

The academy building consists of two floors with 15 classrooms, an auditorium, a media room and an interior plaza. The language school is located close to the post office, banks and about four blocks from La Plaza de Armas which serves as the central meeting area in Cusco. A number of great restaurants, cafes and pubs can also be found in the neighborhood.

Free WiFi internet access is available throughout the school.

Spanish Courses

Peru Standard 20 Spanish

20 lessons of group Spanish courses per week totaling 18 hours and 20 minutes. Small group courses are limited to a maximum of 5 students per class, and are broken into two, 1 hour and 50 minute blocks each morning.


Starts at $170 for one week

Peru Intensive 30 Spanish

20 lessons of group intensive Spanish courses plus 10 private one-on-one courses totaling 27 hours and 30 minutes each week. Group courses are taught each morning and one-on-one courses each afternoon.


Starts at $300 for one week

Peru Private 1:1 Courses (20 lessons / week)

This course consists of 20 lessons per week of private 1:1 lessons (one student, one teacher ratio) per week taught in small groups. Each private Spanish lesson is 55 minutes in length and can be tailored to the exact learning goals of each student. Private lessons are a great way to progress quickly in a short amount of time, get intensive conversation practice, and work on specific topics that may not be covered at length in other courses. All tutors are native speakers with teaching certificates in the Spanish language.

Starts at $300 for one week

Accommodation

Host Family Peru

(Private room, half-board) Living with a local Peruvian family in Cusco is the best way to learn a lot of Spanish in a short amount of time. Host family students are given a private room and their own key so they can come and go as they please. Half board (daily breakfast and dinner) and laundry service is included in the price of the host family. Families are hand-selected by the accommodation staff and are very experienced in hosting students from around the world. They can accommodate virtually any diet, allergy or preference. If you have any special preferences or dislikes (such as smoking, pets, young children), please indicate them on your registration form. Families are generally located within a 10 minute walk or bus ride from campus.


Starts at $160 / week

Additional Details

Courses begin every Monday throughout the year. The following is a list of public holidays in Peru. There will be no class on these days.

  • January 1 New Years Day
  • (movable) Holy Thursday
  • (movable) Good Friday
  • (movable) Easter Day
  • May 1 Labor Day
  • June 29 St. Peter and St. Paul
  • July 28 and 29 Independence Day
  • August 30 Santa Rosa de Lima
  • October 8 Battle of Angamos
  • November 1 All Saints Day
  • December 8 Immaculate Conception
  • December 25 Christmas

SCHOOL ADDRESS

Plaza Limacpampa 565
Cusco, Peru

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

The closest airport to book flights into is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco. Students can also fly into Lima if necessary (see Lima pickup option below). Once you book a flight you will need to book transport to Cusco.

From Cusco

If you need airport transfer from Cusco airport, please request it when registering and your host family will pick you up for a transfer fee of $25. Students can also take a taxi for a rate around $10-15.

From Lima

If you are flying into Lima, the school can arrange a pickup package for you that includes a one night stay in Lima, transportation back to Lima airport, one way airfare to Cusco, and Lima airport assistance.

Max Group Class Size: 5.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 60 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: $9.27 per class hour

Don't worry about booking these activities ahead of time as the school organizes them each week, depending on student interest. Students only need to pay for transportation and entrance fees. Regular activities include:

  • Guided tours of Cusco
  • Peruvian cooking classes
  • Dance classes
  • Parties
  • Movie nights
  • Lectures
  • Inca Museum
  • Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun)
  • Central Market
  • Inca ruins at Saqsaywaman, Qenko and Tambomachay
  • Gym membership (15 US per month)

The Academia is registered with and recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture and Education of Peru. Classes are taught completely in Spanish, by native Spanish speakers and focus on the four language skills: listening, grammar, oral and written comprehension. Spanish courses incorporate written exercises from textbooks, discussions and debates, newspapers, videos, audio lessons, etc. All professors have university degrees.

All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Courses begin each Monday.