Learn Spanish in Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru is the traveler’s mecca of South America. The city is special–it’s vibrant, it’s exciting, and of course it’s beautiful. You might think you’re coming to Cusco just for the culture and history, but with Maximo Nivel’s accredited Native Spanish Program you get so much more.
You learn Spanish in the land of the llamas, visit Machu Picchu, tour the Sacred Valley, hike through the Amazon Jungle, and do everything else that amazing Peru has to offer. With our Spanish immersion program, you immediately bring everything you learn straight to the historical streets of this cultural city once ruled by the Inca Empire, and now sought after by every world traveler.
Spanish in Peru
Peruvian Spanish has three distinct accents–Andean, Coastal, and Amazonian. The Andean dialect is most similar to the standard dialect of Ecuador and Bolivia, and the one you become most familiar with in Cusco. New Spanish speakers always agree it’s rather easy to understand and learn. Unlike Central American Spanish, “tu” as opposed to “vos” is most commonly used amongst peers, and “ustedes” is used in place of “vosotros”.
Peru acknowledges the strong indigenous influence of its people with two official languages–Spanish and Quechua. The Spanish spoken in Peru sometimes combines Spanish with native Quechua terms, and Peruvian Spanish also includes great slang such as “bacan” meaning “cool” or “awesome”, “chamba” meaning “job” and “pata” meaning “friend”.
Peruvians tend to be traditional and closely value family and relationships. They also love a great fiesta! Both ‘saving face’ and sustainability of the collective are prioritized and therefore conformity to the group is important. This makes Peru the perfect option if you’re looking for a true immersion experience while you learn Spanish abroad. Once you get comfortable living amongst Peruvian locals, you pick up the lingo and customs, and fall right in line with the culture.
Our Spanish School in Cusco, Peru
The Maximo Nivel institute in Cusco, Peru is located on the main commercial street of Avenida El Sol. It sits directly across from Q’oricancha–the holiest temple of the Inca Empire and just 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas. The institute offers 22 classrooms, a snack bar, and a computer lab available to you 7days/week, including holidays. The spacious common areas are great for meeting up with friends and making new ones. Learn Spanish with a professional, certified instructor who guides you through your Spanish experience. Our program follows a structured curriculum, and our methodology pushes you to think and converse in Spanish. Frequent practice forces you to use the concepts you learn in everyday interactions with your instructor, classmates, and local Peruvians.
Beyond the Classroom
With more than 1,600 local students enrolled in Maximo’s English program, you have non-stop opportunities to meet like-minded locals looking for language and adventure. Our Tandem Conversation Program pairs you with a local student so you can practice your Spanish as they practice their English. Then grab your new friend to join our weekly salsa lessons and cooking classes. As if a newly acquired language isn’t enough, you go home having learned about world-class Peruvian cuisine from our local chef, as well as new dance moves from our professional salsa instructor! Just don’t forget to take advantage of the unlimited coffee and tea to keep up with yourself.
Spanish Classes in Peru
From small group classes ranging from 2-8 people to private classes tailored to your specific needs, Maximo Nivel provides quality immersion programs lead by certified, native Spanish instructors. If you’re looking for a super intensive program, a combination class can also be granted to students of all levels; Basic to Advanced. Paired with a traditional family stay, you can be sure to quickly move up the learning ladder.