Cuzco (often spelled Cusco, less frequently Qosqo or Qusqu) is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cusco Province.

About Cusco

Population: 348.935 (2007)

The ideal time to visit Cusco is between June and October, when you can enjoy brilliant sunshine from very early in the day, as is the case throughout the Peruvian highlands all year round. Nevertheless, it can get rather chilly in the shade, thus you should always keep a warm garment with you when you're out and about, Another important reason for visiting Cusco in June is the Inti Raymi or "Celebration of the Sun". This event is a reenactment of the most important ceremony from Inca times, when the Inca Emperor venerated the Sun God, and implored Him to grant abundant harvests and eradicate famine from the Empire.

Standard tours around the city, Sacred Valley and to Machu Picchu range from a basic bus service with fixed stops and little in the way of a guide, to a luxury packages including guide, food and hotel transfers. The three- to six-day Inca Trail is the most popular of the mountain treks , with thousands of people hiking it every year; many agencies offer trips with guides, equipment and fixed itineraries, but others will just rent you a tent and sleeping bag. Other popular hikes are around the snow-capped mountains of Salcantay (6264m) to the north and Ausungate (6372m) to the south, a more remote trek which needs at least a week plus guides and mules. Less adventurous walks or horse rides are possible to Qenko, Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara and Chacan, in the hills above Cusco and in the nearby Sacred Valley. You can also rent out mountain bikes for trips to the Sacred Valley and around, and some outfits arrange guided tours (or contact Renny Gamarra Loaiza, a good biking guide; tel 231300). Many jungle trip operators are based in Cusco, some also covering the immediate Cusco area.

Cathedral of Cusco, Peru
Cathedral of Cusco
Cusco City, Peru
Cusco City

Cusco is also a great whitewater rafting centre, with easy access to classes two to five around Ollantaytambo on the Río Urubamba and classes one to three between Huambutio and Pisac, on the Río Vilcanota. From Calca to Urubamba the river runs classes two to three, but this rises to five in the rainy season. Calca to Pisac (Huaran) and Ollantaytambo to Chilca are among the most popular routes, while the most dangerous are further afield on the Río Apurimac. The easiest stretch is from Echarate to San Baray, which passes by Quillabamba. Remember that most travel insurances exclude this kind of adventure activity and always ensure that you are fully equipped with a safety kayak, helmets, and lifejackets.

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Cusco photos

Alpaca and your owner, Cusco
Alpaca and your owner
Portals and La Compañia Church, Cusco
Portals and La Compañia Church
Main Square, Cusco
Main Square
Pachacutec Monument, Cusco
Pachacutec Monument

Spanish courses in Cusco

Best of Both 10 Spanish Course

This course consists of 20 group classes + 10 one to one lessons per week.
Your teachers will help you to achieving your goal: to communicate more and better in Spanish. For this reason, you will be able to learn or to focus the individual lessons in an area of your interest. Your progress will be faster and your fluency in Spanish will improve a lot. The course integrates all the language skills, combining the intensive Spanish language classes with various tasks and activities in which you are the main protagonist.
Activity examples: reading, analysis and debates on newspaper articles, telephone conversations in Spanish, viewing and discussing films and documentaries, listening of songs, debates on current affairs, learning grammatical rules in specific context.

Groups: 6, 1 students
Classes: 30
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Intensive Spanish Course

This is a general Spanish language course with a small group that includes 20 lessons per week .
During every session, the teacher will focus on both theory and practice, covering all of the elements needed to become proficient in a foreign language . Grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary are always incorporated simultaneously, in order to approximate the student to an authentic communicative environment.
You will also be encouraged to develop intercultural competence with a combination of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable you to communicate and interact across cultural boundaries. Our approach to learning Spanish is intended to be as close as possible to real life situations in the Spanish-speaking world. Every lesson is independent but - as is the logical nature of any language - the use of grammar and vocabulary will be cumulative and sequential from class to class.

Groups: 6 students
Classes: 20
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One to One Spanish Course

If you do not have much time and wish to make the most of it, you can follow your own pace of learning with a personalized course. This means that neither you nor the teacher need follow the pace and interests of your fellow students,as in any other group course. You can also choose a mixed option: group class on an Intensive course + individual classes.
Your tutor will continue to advise you right until the end. Firstly, he will analyze your individual goals and then will create a personalized program adapted to you with regard to content and timetable.

Groups: 1 student
Classes: 20
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