Cusco, the sacred city of the Incas, is one of the places in Peru that best preserves its millenary past. Located in the Andean Mountains, 3,399 meters above sea level, its climate is semi-dry and cold (with maximum temperatures of 20ºC and minimums of 1ºC). There are three means of transportation that you can use to get to Cusco: plane, train or car.
Walking around the city is easy, since most of the places you will visit in Cusco are very close to the historic center. It is most common to go on foot but, due to the altitude at which the city is located, it is advisable to acclimatize before taking long walks to avoid suffering “altitude sickness”. You can also use the buses (also called “colectivos”, “micros” and “combis”). And although the traffic in Cusco is chaotic, drivers know how to get around, so the taxi is also a good alternative to go around the city, with fairly cheap fares.
Considered the archaeological capital of America for the great quantity and good conservation of its ancient remains, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Its proximity to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, makes Cusco a good starting point for exploring the Inca Trail and getting to know the remains of this enigmatic civilization.
But Cusco, which means “navel of the world”, is much more than Machu Picchu. In this charming city and its beautiful surroundings you will get to know the Andean way of life better than anywhere else. Cusco offers the visitor many other places of interest, such as the Plaza de Armas, known by the Incas as Huacaypata, today the most contemporary nucleus of Cusco but surrounded by samples of its Inca and Spanish past.
Also the neighborhood of San Blas, cradle of the most important craftsmen of the country; the Sacred Valley, considered the center of production of the best grain of corn; the Convent of Santo Domingo, constructed on the Temple of the Sun or Koricancha; the palaces of the Inca and its court, and an almost infinite list of archaeological and historical wonders that you will discover in each one of its streets, will impress you.
Cusco also offers the visitor a vibrant nightlife and typical Cusco dishes such as sara lawa (a soup of fresh corn and beans), kapchi cheese (cold dish of fresh cheese, beans, potatoes and onion, seasoned with milk and chili) or chiriucho (chicken meat or roasted guinea pig, served with toasted corn tortilla and other Peruvian ingredients). A city that combines history, modernity and adventure, where you can practice activities full of adrenaline.
ACUPARI – TANDEM Cusco proposes 6 top experiences in Cusco, Perú
Plaza de Armas (Arms Square)
“ADMINISTRATIVE, RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL CENTER OF THE INCA EMPIRE.”
“THE ANCIENT TEMPLE OF THE SUN, IN THE HEART OF CUSCO”
“ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING INCA FORTRESSES IN THE WORLD.”
“CATHEDRAL OF CUSCO AND TEMPLES OF TRIUMPH AND OF THE HOLY FAMILY”
San Pedro Market
“BUILT BY GUSTAV EIFFEL, ENCLOSES THE SPIRIT CUSQUEÑO”
Visit the “Baratillo”
“POPULAR SECOND-HAND FLEA MARKET, ONLY AVAILABLE ON SATURDAYS.”
Our school is located in the heart of Cusco, which will allow you to visit many of the attractions of the city and enjoy it at the end of classes. Study Spanish with ACUPARI in a beautiful colonial building, hand in hand with teachers who take into account the needs of each student. We also have our own library with magazines and books in Spanish and, if you want, you can borrow tourist information from Peru for your excursions.
City hopping with TANDEM International
We offer combined Spanish courses in different locations. You can start your Spanish course in ACUPARI – TANDEM Cusco, Peru, and continue in one of our partner schools in Madrid, Granada, San Sebastian, Barcelona or Santiago de Chile.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more details about our discounts on combined courses!
Peru is a really exciting country. Mixture of different cultures (indigenous, Inca, European, African and oriental), this mestizaje is a pride for Peruvians. Heirs of the legacy of the Inca culture, chanca, chachapoya, mochica and wari, traveling to Peru is also a trip to the past thanks to its architectural works, its art and its festivals.
With more than 470 million native speakers, Spanish is a powerful way to communicate. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, after Mandarin Chinese. Learning Spanish really means connecting with people from all over the world.