Learn Spanish in Cusco

Cusco is one of the most vibrant cities in Peru. With a population that reaches over 400,000 people, the city holds a great number of tourist attractions and is a truly unique destination to learn Spanish. When you study Spanish in Cusco, you’ll have the benefit of a great location and learning environment that’s driven by like-minded classmates and our enthusiastic staff of experienced teachers.

Ecela Cusco

Our Cusco, Peru school is located just a short distance from Plaza de Armas, which is a great central meeting point for travelling. The building is in a secure and quite residential zone and is conveniently located near restaurants, cafes, banks, shopping centers and more.

Outside Ecela Cusco.

Outside Ecela Cusco

  • Cultural Center. Not only is Cusco the ancient capital of the Incas, it also serves as the most important area for Peru’s indigenous societies.
  • Flexible Options. Start any week of the year and study from one week to four months. There’s no charge if you switch to another Ecela Spanish school.
  • Scheduled Activities. Explore surrounding local archaeological sites, practice mountain sports like rafting or climbing, attend local folk music shows and much more.

Top Local Activities in Cusco

Cultural Activities in Cusco, Peru

Dancing and Music in Cusco, Peru

Cusco dance and music show

Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo Show – While learning Spanish in Cusco, be sure to catch the Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo show. This music and dance show gives you an understanding of Peru’s traditional folk music and dance customs. It’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique culture of Cusco and its people.

Cooking Class – The Andean influence on Cusco’s cuisine is both delicious and remarkable. Chefs in Cusco commonly use fresh, local ingredients from the abundant land that surrounds the city. When you sign up for a cooking lesson, you’ll usually begin your class with a trip to the local market where you can handpick your ingredients and try some of the exotic fruit being sold. Learning how to cook a traditional Andean meal is an experience that you can take with you wherever you go beyond your Spanish studies in Cusco.

Traditions and Customs – Costumbres Cusqueñas is an introduction into the customs and traditions of the Andean people of Cusco, Peru. Through Ecela Cusco’s Spanish language school, you will have opportunities to not only learn the Spanish language, but also understand the deep-rooted culture of the people.

Santuario Animal Cochahuasi – When you study Spanish in Cusco, you’ll want to make the time to visit the Santuario Animal Sanctuary. This family-run animal reserve features local wildlife such as alpacas, tortoises, monkeys, pumas and even condors.

Weekend Excursions Near Cusco, Peru

The Terraces of Moray

Moray’s ancient agricultural terraces

Visit Peru’s Sacred Valley – Plan a day to visit the Scared Valley of the Incas and see the beautiful salt ponds of Maras and the ancient archaeological site of Moray. The famous agricultural terraces of Moray are a sight to be seen and continue to be studied by archaeologists from around the world.

Horseback Riding – Book a horseback adventure through the Andes Mountains surrounding Cusco. This is a great way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Peru and the Incan Empire. Tour Incan temples by horse including Templo de la Luna near Machu Picchu.

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Rappelling and Rock Climbing – For adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers, the Andes Mountains is a great spot for a rappelling and rock climbing excursion where you can see this astonishing mountain range like you never have before.

Ecela Students in Machu Picchu

Students in Machu Picchu

Visit Machu Picchu – The most famous attraction in Cusco is Macchu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s visited by many throughout the year. This Inca citadel can be reached by train where you can take in the beautiful Andean landscape. You can also travel to Machu Picchu by hiking the Inca Trail which features some of the most amazing views in all of Peru.

Ecela Cusco is not a destination for those looking to learn Spanish the traditional way. Our school is for students who want to immerse themselves in the culture, understand its history and explore the land.

Monthly Activity Calendars
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Learn More About Cusco

Want to learn more about Cusco? Check out these resources and travel guides to get a feel for the city.

Lonely Planet’s Cusco Guide
Footprint’s Cusco Travel Guide
Fodor’s Cusco Travel Guide

Recommended Cusco, Peru Tourist Video

How to Find Ecela Cusco

Ecela Cusco: Jiron Ricardo Palma i-2, Cusco, Peru
Phone: +51 989 991 498

 

Testimonials About Ecela Cusco

Every day we discovered fantastic stories

Cusco’s rich cultural heritage is fascinating, and that’s what made me want to practice Spanish in that city.  Every day we discovered fantastic stories and we learned first-hand the cultural roots of the city’s inhabitants.  Without a doubt, it’s a place where you’ll find mysteries, natural beauty, and the charms of Cusco hospitality.

Furthermore, ECELA’s interactive classes made me want to return to Peru and make new friends while studying Spanish in a really interactive way.  ¡VIVA EL PERÚ!

by Fernanda C from Brazil

There are people from all over the world, from different cultures, and everything works so well.

When I walked into Ecela the first time, I was impressed by how friendly the people were.  I could participate in all of the activities even without being enrolled.  After a while, they convinced me to take classes, and it was worth it.

What goes on in this school is an unforgettable experience.  There are people from all over the world, from different cultures, and everything works so well.  I thought it was good that we used what we learned in class in the activities during the afternoon and at night.  That way, you learned things much more quickly. Especially those who were new to Ecela.  The school is truly a wonderful thing.

by David Komatzki from Switzerland

We had an excellent time at ECELA Cusco

Hola, amigos! It’s Ina and Mima from Slovakia.  We had an excellent time at ECELA Spanish School in Cusco, Pero.  Before we arrived, Mima and I didn’t speak Spanish, but after two weeks we feel like we know more…We enjoyed the activities with Ygor and the classes with Alexis (Spanish Instructor at the School).

Mima will never forget her first pisco sour (haha) and I’ll never forget the first time I rode a horse!! Thanks for everything!! Besos, Ina and Mima, the Slovak girls.

by Ina & Mima from Slovakia

I’ll never forget ECELA or all of the friends I made there!!!

Thanks you for everything, ECELA! Studying in Cusco was such a great experience! I love the city, the people, Incan culture, and everything about Cusco! Everyone at ECELA was incredibly nice.  I think I learned a lot of Spanish, and I speak the language much better! My entire experience was incredible, and I’ll never forget ECELA or all of the friends I made there!!!

by Karla T from Brazil

After retiring, I decided to try and learn Spanish.

After retiring, I decided to try and learn Spanish. I researched the available programs in Central and South America and found that Ecela was uniformly rated as excellent.

I decided to attend Ecela’s school in Cusco because I wanted to combine a spectacular vacation with my language studies. I took introductory Spanish for three weeks in Cusco, combining my classes with tours of the city and the area’s many Incan archeological sites.

It was incredible! I received one-on-one instruction from Erik, who is the most patient, kind, supportive, and excellent teacher I can imagine. Every morning with Erik was a delight, and in the afternoons, Ecela arranged great adventures for me: horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and touring.

My accommodations at an apartment with other students were great, and I got to practice my nascent Spanish with my fellow students and our neighbors. All this at a very, very reasonable price.

by Kenneth Hipp from Hawaii

I will without doubt recommend the school to anyone!

My summer in Cusco was one of my most memorable vacations ever. I enjoyed staying in the beautiful city, getting to know both Peruvians and other international students. The teachers and staff in Ecela were very good and fun at the same time.

I will without doubt recommend the school to anyone! Ecela put me together with a host family who was loving and caring. They helped me improve my spanish by talking with me every night. Going to Ecela in Cusco is really the best way to study Spanish!

by Marianne Nerland from Norway

The professors were all so helpful and friendly. There was never a dull day.

My experiences at ECELA and in Cusco were amazing! The professors were all so helpful and friendly. There was never a dull day. I really learned a lot and improved my Spanish greatly. Cusco was the perfect place to learn Spanish and really experience the culture. It’s a wonderful city with a lot to offer. In addition, there are a ton of treks, archaeological sites, temples and adventures to attend. I will never forget the friendships and memories made. ECELA and Cusco gave me one of the best experiences of my life! I hope to return one day!

by Nicole K from USA

The professors were extremely friendly and welcoming and it felt like we were more of a family than just students and teachers.

My experience with ECELA Cuzco was much more than learning Spanish for a few hours a day. The professors were extremely friendly and welcoming and it felt like we were more of a family than just students and teachers.

The staff were always telling us about some location that we had to visit, or even just grabbing some lunch or coffee with us after class to get to know their students better. The activities the school had planned were fun and also a great way to get to know Cuzco. I truly feel like I got the full experience by making ECELA my home.

The classes were organized very well, creating what I think is an ideal learning experience. They were kept small and personal with few students, but a lot of fun! Classtime was never boring and always seemed to fly by.

My time here was unforgettable and I plan on visiting the other ECELA locations throughout South America if they are at all like my school here, I know I will have a wonderful time.

by Tim D from USA

My Peruvian “brother and sister” introduced me to their friends and treated me like a family member.

I’m Evelyne, a 23-years old girl from the swiss mountains, I stayed 3 weeks in Cusco. It was awesome. My teacher Erik, was really funny and we had a pretty good time togheter. I learned a lot in that short time. Not just grammar, also in talking i got a lot of practice. In the afternoon my schoolmates and I went on different trips: horsebackriding, cuatrimotos (ATV’s) or a visit at the Cusco market.

My homestay family was really nice. My peruvian brother and sister introduced me to their friends and treated me like a family member. The nights I spent with them or with my school mates dancing Salsa or drinking Pisco Sour.

Remembering the time I spent in Peru, in the ECELA and Cusco brings back unforgettable memories, which you cannot describe with words.

by Evelyne M from Switzerland

The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture.

I’ve been to four of ECELA’s schools, and as a Spanish teacher I applaud their efforts in creating an enjoyable atmosphere for learning Spanish at all levels from beginner to advanced.

ECELA’s schools are more than just language schools, they are learning communities that support the sometimes challenging process of learning another language. The teachers and support staff are the key to the success.

The schools in Peru have been a very special experience for me. Through my experiences in Cusco and Lima, they have introduced me to a country that I’m sure I will return to.

I was pleasantly surprised by my experience in Lima. It exceeded my expectations in all ways. The city is exciting, the views in Miraflores are beautiful and the school was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m so glad I chose to complete my studies at ECELA here in the capital.

The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture. I highly recommend ECELA for its excellent program.

by Rich Hance from USA

I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined

When I decided to study at Ecela, I was looking for a school that had good classes and a comfortable environment. But when I got there, I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined.

The class structure was organized, and the small classes helped me learn quickly. The school’s staff was really kind and professional.

Also the school’s excursions are a great opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. The salsa classes and the barbecues were the most fun.

I recommend this school to everyone.

by Leslie Husbans from Barbados

The instructors are fun, dynamic, and really smart, and they have so much patience!

My experience at the school was nearly perfect. I met a lot of nice, friendly people, students and instructors alike. The instructors are fun, dynamic, and really smart, and they have so much patience! The school is really organized and hardly ever has any problems. The people at the school always want to help. They’re friendly and fantastic!!

by Thomas Fey from England

I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes.

The school is great all-around: classes, cleanliness, and organization. With a teacher as excellent as Carolina Villalobos, each lesson was clear and well-explained. That’s why I never left class with any unresolved questions.
I would have liked to have stayed longer, but it wasn’t possible.

Now that I have all the information, I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes. I’m thankful for the administration, the teacher, and my classmates. ¡¡¡Gracias!!!

by Ana Paula Santos from Brazil

I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

I studied on my own a little bit, never in a school, but I took a short Berlitz language class in the US. They [ECELA and Berlitz] are not even comparable.

ECELA is far better. Berlitz is world-renowned, but there is no comparison at all. The teachers at ECELA are trained in linguistics and how to teach language. I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

by Gerald Lucas from New Jersey

When I started, I knew nothing. But now I can speak Spanish to people and they understand me!

Hola, everyone!

Thank you so much for your time, your patience, and your help.
When I started, I knew nothing. But now I can speak Spanish to people and they understand me!
I was here for only two weeks, but I’d like to stay longer!

It’s so exciting to learn Spanish and meet so many great people at the same time.
Thank you for everything.

If I am ever in Miraflores I will definitely come and visit!

by Nicola Monk from England

ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I think I’m living proof that ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I’ve had a great time. My wife and I had an exceptional homestay. The woman we stayed with is an extraordinary cook. She was really generous with the food and with her time speaking with us in Spanish.

by Tom Heath from Maryland

I liked the fact that I had a different teacher every two weeks

I was in the school for 2 months and I had a nice time! Especially the private lessons I took were very useful. I had a combination of group lessons and private lessons and for me this was the best thing.

In the group lessons we learned a lot but we also had a lot of fun, and in the private lessons I had to speak an hour a day only in Spanish which was hard but very useful. I had really nice teachers and I liked the fact that I had a different teacher every two weeks. The school is nice and located in a nice neighborhood.

I loved the school and liked it very much that they organized a lot of activities in the week. We went out a lot with people from the school, students and staff, all together! The staff is very nice and because most of the people working there are still young it gives the school a nice and relaxed atmosphere.

by Tanja Reiter from Switzerland