Spanish Courses in Cusco, Peru
The capital of the Inca Culture, Cusco is located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Cusco is one of the most important cities in Peru with a population of approximately 400.000 people. It is the capital of the Inca empire and offers many tourist attractions. The Plaza de Armas is the city center, and there you will find La Catedral (Cathedral) and the San Francisco Church. You can also visit the Temple of the Sun (Coricancha) and the White Christ, a statue of Jesus towering over the city.
In the area surrounding Cusco are the ruins of the Sacred Valley, architectural wonders not to be missed.
The most important attraction is Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Inca city can be reached by train and during the trip you can take in the beautiful Andean landscape. It can also be reached by hiking the Inca Trail.
ECELA Latin Immersion Spanish School, Cusco
The Latin Immersion ECELA Spanish Language School in Cusco is located in the new city center, a short 10 minute bus or taxi ride from the Plaza de Armas (a common meeting point).
The building is in a secure and quiet residential area, convenient to restaurants, cafes, banks, and a popular commercial shopping center. The school has 6 class rooms and a nice patio to enjoy the break between classes, the school provides students with a comfortable and familiar environment.
For over 12 years Ecela has been teaching Spanish courses in Cusco with experienced teachers and the best combination of classes, accommodations, and both cultural and social activities. Ecela‘s classes are taught using the communicative method and are designed to be a total immersion experience for the student, not only in the classroom but during our activities and in our family home-stay accommodations.
Spanish courses in Cusco are offered in twelve different levels, each level lasting 2 weeks each. All teachers are native speakers of Spanish, university graduates, and experienced in teaching Spanish as a second language.
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ECELA Cusco – Spanish Courses
Minimum age: 18 (Students under 17 only accepted in One-to-One Spanish courses and accompanied by an adult)
Spanish Courses in Cusco – Options:
Basic Standard Spanish Course: Group Course. 20 Spanish group lessons a week (4 lessons per day Monday-Friday, each lesson=50 Minutes). Minimum stay one week. Morning (9AM-1PM) or afternoon (2PM-6PM) schedules available. Course includes 10 Grammar lessons per week in a group of 8 students maximum per class and 10 Conversation lessons per week in a group of 4 students maximum. Prices include materials, placement test on arrival, periodic progress exams and certificate of completion.
Premium Spanish Course: Combiantion Private/Group Course. 20 Spanish lessons a week (4 lessons per day Monday-Friday, each lesson=50 Minutes). Minimum stay one week. Morning (9AM-1PM) or afternoon (2PM-6PM) schedules available. Course includes 10 Private (one-to-one) Grammar lessons per week and 10 Conversation lessons per week in a group of 4 students maximum. Prices include materials, placement test on arrival, periodic progress exams, certificate of completion, three weekday activities per week, one coaching session per week and access to tutorials.
Private Spanish Course: Choose 10 or 20 Spanish one-to-one lessons per week (each lesson=50 Minutes). Minimum stay one week. Professional Spanish One-to-One classes adapted to specific needs (medical, business, trade, law, etc.) are also available at a 25% surcharge. Prices include materials, placement test on arrival, periodic progress exams, certificate of completion, three weekday activities per week, one coaching session per week and access to tutorials.
Spanish Courses in Cusco – Prices 2017 and 2018:
(All programs: NO application fee. A non-refundable USD 100.00 deposit is required at the time of enrollment. Deposit will be subtracted from final program invoice. See Application Procedures)
|Course Description||One week||Two weeks||Three weeks||Four weeks||Extra weeks|
|Basic Standard Spanish Group Course||$340||$580||$784||$1,012||$216*|
|Premium Spanish Course||$540||$980||$1,420||$1,860||$440**|
|10 Private Lessons per week||$430||$760||$1,041||$1,354||$297|
|20 Private Lessons per week||$690||$1,280||$1,782||$2,342||$531|
* Extra weeks after 9 weeks: USD 204 each. Extra weeks after 12 weeks: USD 192 each.
*** Extra weeks after 9 weeks: USD 416 each. Extra weeks after 12 weeks: USD 392 each.
Spanish Courses Starting dates:
Group Spanish Courses for ALL levels can start ANY Monday.
Private Spanish Courses: ALL levels can start any Monday.
Holidays 2017 (subject to change!): 14 April, 1 May, 28 July, 25 December. Classes missed due to official holidays are not made up.
The school will be closed during the following holidays but classes will be made up as conversation classes during the rest of the week with no maximum number of students respected: 13 April, 15 June, 24 June, 29 June, 30 August, 1 November, 8 December.
Holidays 2018 (subject to change!): 1 January, 30 March, 1 May, 25 December. Classes missed due to official holidays are not made up.
The school will be closed during the following holidays but classes will be made up as conversation classes during the rest of the week with no maximum number of students respected: 29 March, 24 June, 29 June, 30 August, 8 October, 1 November.
ECELA Cusco Accommodations
ECELA Latin Immersion offers different types of accommodations to their students. They can reserve you a room in a student apartment or organize a home stay with a local, upper-middle class Peruvian family. Of course, it is also possible to arrange your own accommodations.
Host Families: All of the families have been carefully selected and are monitored so that your home stay experience is to your complete satisfaction. You can choose a host family providing 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner), or a host family without meals where you can have access to the kitchen in order to prepare your own meals.
Apartment Shares: You will have a private room and share the bathroom and kitchen with other students. No meals, full use of equipped kitchen to be able to prepare your own meals.
ECELA Cusco Accommodation Prices 2017 and 2018:
|Housing Description||Price per week|
|Standard Host Family: Private room, half board (2 meals per day)||$260*|
|Standard Host Family: Private room, no meals (kitchen access)||$210*|
|Apartment Shares: Private room, cooking privileges, no meals||$210*|
* Host Families and Apartments guaranteed to be within walking distance to the school can be confirmed at an additional charge of USD 40.00 per week.
Special Diets (Vegetarian, Gluten Free, etc.) may be requested at an additional charge of USD 40.00 per week.
Spanish Course in Cusco – ECELA Activities
Studying a language abroad means more than attaining fluency. We also want to ensure that your time in Latin America will be the experience of a lifetime. To help you gain new Latin perspectives and to best understand the local culture, we take on the responsibility to coordinate optional social events. During the week you can explore the narrow streets and diverse museums and witness local cultural events. You can also try some delicious Peruvian cuisine! On weekends you can visit the monuments and tourist attractions around Cusco. In the Sacred Valley lies the city of Pisaq and its craft market as well as the ruins of Chinchero and Ollantaytambo, examples of Incan urban planning. If you’re an adventurous nature lover, you can take a trip to Manu National Park or Pongo de Mainique in the jungle.
Tip: Before you go to Machu Picchu, you should stay in and around Cusco for a few days. Being that both Cusco and Machu Picchu are at very high altitudes, your body will need some time to adjust. One remedy is to drink coca tea, a local drink. Excursions are offered as optional activities at extra cost.
Airport Transfers: Transfers from Cusco airport or the bus terminal are available upon request and at an additional charge of USD 15 each way.
Comments from former students:
“Cusco was the second ECELA school I attended in South America. I learned more Spanish there then anywhere else. I absolutely loved my time there. Cusco is a perfect sized city which is very touristy, but still retains a lot of it’s cultural heritage and charm. Both the apartment and the school were in a great area and very close to the Plaza de Armas. The staff in Cusco was so friendly and helpful. Everyday there was something fun planned, from horseback riding in the nearby ruins, to shopping at the local markets. At night I felt comfortable going out with the group, and the places we went to were very nice. One night there was even a live band that I loved. I also went to Machu Picchu, and even though I didn’t go with the school, they were so very helpful in helping me plan my trip. I highly recommend doing the entire Inca Trail as there are many impressive ruins along the way. But ending at Machu Picchu was the best. My only regret is that I wish I could’ve had more time there!“
Barbara M., USA