Cultural activities in Quito, Cusco and Sucre

Your time here is not only about school. Academia Latinoamericana encourages you take the opportunity to travel in and around Ecuador, Peru or Bolivia to practice your Spanish in a real life setting, while enjoying cultural activities. One of the main reasons to come and study Spanish with us is the diverse city lifes you will find in our destinations.

While you are here, you have many options to choose from. The Andean Region is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and provides activities that range from small day trips to week long excursions. Popular activities include trips to the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Amazon basin, Uyuní salt desert, Indigenous Market and the Cloud Forest Reserve. Social activities such as soccer and volley ball games, dance and cooking classes or movie nights provide you an excellent opportunity to make new friends from anywhere in the world.

You can participate in as many activities as you like during your program at Academia Latinoamericana. Organized trips and group activities are offered two to four times per week.

These are only a few examples of what our students have experienced with their time here in this countries. Study Spanish in three amazing countries. Cities like Quito, Cusco and Sucre welcome students with attractive and exotic places and cultural activities.

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TRAVEL TO ECUADOR AND BOLIVIA

Cultural activities and events

Ecuador student life. Study Spanish in Ecuador and Bolivia.

  • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

    4, 5 or 8 day trips to one of the most incredible places on planet earth. Snorkel with the world’s smallest penguin, gigantic manta rays, big marine iguanas and (friendly) reef sharks off las Tintoreras on the picturesque snow-white sands and turquoise waters off Floreana Island in the Galapagos. Hike on volcanic islands, follow the path and learn about evolution, natural history, biology, etc. Scuba dive in the crystalline waters of Galapagos.

  • COTOPAXI & THE TRAIN

    Cotopaxi day tour and with overnight stay in Riobamba. You will do the Devil’s Nose on Sunday and return to Quito in the evening. The Devil’s Nose is one of the best tourist attractions in Ecuador. The train leaves Riobamba in the morning going all the way to the Devil’s Nose and returns to Alausí. You will enjoy the spectacular views from the train for about 7 hours.

  • DIVING TOUR TO SEE STINGRAY IN ISLA DE LA PLATA

    Scuba dive in the crystalline waters of Isla de la Plata where it’s common to see schools of hundreds of giant stingrays and dozens of whale sharks.

  • YASUNI NATIONAL PARK

    Take the opportunity to see the most remote area of Ecuador, the Yasuni, located in the Amazon. It’s your best chance to encounter incredible wildlife such as jaguars, anacondas, and pumas. Similarly, a less intense option is to fly to the city of Coca and go canoeing along the Rio Napa.

  • CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

    Located only two hours northwest of Quito, you can hummingbird-watch and observe thousands of butterflies at a butterfly farm in the cloud rainforest of Mindo. Trek into the cloud forest to see the beautiful blue waterfall. Zipline across the cliffs and observe nature in its most elemental form.

  • PAPALLACTA HOTSPRINGS

    Relax in the most popular hotsprings near Quito as well explore the surrounding area through hikes and horseback riding.

  • OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET & PROVINCE OF THE LAKES

    The market in Otavalo is one of the most well-known markets in the country. You will meet interesting people and explore the rich culture of the indigenous Quchuean people. You can also explore the nearby waterfalls and lakes.

  • TRIP TO BAÑOS

    Baños is Ecuador’s premiere destination for adventure sports. With activities ranging from rafting to swing jumping to kayaking and ziplining you will never lack for a fun weekend trip. You can also visit the Swing at the End of the World and explore the many waterfalls in the area. Stay in one of the many pleasant hostels and enjoy the exciting nightlife of the city.

  • HIKE QUILOTOA OR CUICOCHA CRATER AND LAGOON

    Hike the crater lakes in Ecuador. Both Quilotoa (2 hours south) and Cuicocha (two hours north), lakes offer majestic views. The Stunning turquoise-colored crater lakes offer an experience like no other. According to the season and time of the year, the alkaline water color changes from green to a deep blue.

TRAVEL TO PERU

Cultural activities and events

Study Spanish in Peru. Activities and events.

  • PISAC INDIAN MARKET

    We will visit Pisac Indian market. All over the Andean highlands, scattered in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba and mountains, you will find numerous markets displaying everything from wool textiles, native fruits and fresh vegetables to jewelry, ceramics, baskets, wood carving, native paintings, embroidery, tools and even animals! The market in Pisac is one of the most well-known markets in the country. It is a rich cultural site where locals meet with their friends and relatives to catch up on news and practice the ancient art of bargaining. It will capture your senses making you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

  • OLLANTAYTAMBO TOWN & FORTRESS

    Visit to Ollantaytambo fortress, where the Inca fought their last battles with the Spanish invaders…just spectacular! We will visit a home of one of the residents of Ollantaytambo and discover how their living conditions and decoration hasn’t change in centuries.

  • RUINS OF SAQSAYHUAMAN, QENKO Y TAMBOMACHAY

    Great visit to the oracle of Saqsayhuaman, the amphitheater of Q´enqo, Pukapukara,Tambomachay, known as the temple of water, visit with anthropologist guide.

  • TIPON AND PIKILLACTA RUINS

    Departure to the south of Cusco and visit begin archeological explanation of the Tipón ruins. Tipón is also known for its local dish, “cuy” or guinea pig (a Peruvian delicacy) and participants who opt for a cuy meal can substitute that for the boxed lunch. Afterward, participants will Pikillacta archeological ruins.

  • HALF DAY HORSE BACK RIDDING TO ZONE X AND RUINS NEARBY CUSCO

    Horse-back riding (visiting Zona X, Temple of the Moon and the Statue of the Monkey)

  • VISIT TO THE QORIKANCHA MUSEUM

    Visit to the Qorikancha Site and museum (Inka Temple of the Sun).

  • RAFTING TOUR

    Do white-water rafting and try kayaking for your first time in the calm to fierce rivers of the Peruvian Andes.

  • CHOCOLATE OR COFFEE TOUR

    Learn where chocolate beans are harvested from. Make your own chocolate bar and observe where the best chocolate beans in the world come from with the Peruvian cacao. Visit a coffee farm near Quillabamba and experience the whole process from harvest to belly.

  • ONE OR TWO DAY TRIP TO MACHU PICCHU

    Machu Picchu trip (full weekend – including overnight hotel in Aguas Calientes, no meals included) Early wake up and transfer from host families to Cusco train station for our fabulous Machu Picchu trip (4 hour train ride and bus tickets included from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu in-out) Take our bus back to Aguas Calientes and then return to Cusco by train. With your anthropologist guide (shared basis) you will visit the Machu Picchu ruins Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

TESTIMONIALS

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Anibal Proaño, Director

La academia reúne los requisitos y méritos necesarios para que sea considerada como una de las mejores

La Academia Latinoamericana de Español reúne los requisitos y méritos necesarios para que sea considerada como una de las mejores instituciones de enseñanza de español a extranjeros, ubicada en la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador.
Esto podemos certificarlo ya que desde hace varios años nuestra institución QUITO´S INFORMATION CENTER ha enviado estudiantes a la mencionada escuela, obteniendo excelentes informes, razón por la cual recomendamos esta escuela para la enseñanza de español a extranjeros.

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Jurgen Lovasz, Belgium

We hope to host you in our family

We hope that you will be able to visit us in Belgium. You will be always welcome!! I will promote the school within the Spanish section of the European Commission and its administration. You really impressed me with your highly professional approach. On behalf of Yvonne, Emerick and myself I would like to thank both of you for your efforts you have made, and we hope to host you (soon) in our family.

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Jonathan Bird, USA

Great experience!

I would write in Spanish, but I don’t have that much time at the moment.  Thank you so much for the great experience at your school. Not only was the Spanish instruction excellent, everyone was very caring and amazingly helpful.

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Joshua – USA

After completing my study abroad, I am feeling inspired, validated and motivated. Now I can speak Spanish!!!

PICTURES

Some pictures of Sucre, Cusco and Quito
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