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Cultural & Culinary Vacations in Buenos Aires

This vacation is perfect for people who want to learn more about traditional Argentine cuisine. Learn about the endless influences in Argentine food from Italy, Spain, and France paired with the fusion from the native people of the Quechua, Mapuche, and Guarani. Also indulge in the well-known preparation of grilled meats from Argentina. An authentic cultural experience of music, food, and dance. Join us at Amauta Spanish School and be immersed in the Latin American culture.


  • Cooking class
  • 5 language classes
  • Dance class, music class
  • Excursions to museums, galleries and parks, walking tour
  • Lectures on Argentine society, myths and legends
  • Latin American movie nights
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Farewell dinner


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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Accommodation options in Buenos Aires

Suitable accommodation is an important component to a professional, effective Spanish Program because your surroundings will affect the way and speed that you learn. Amauta currently offers different accommodation options such as local host families, student flats (upon request), or student accommodation. All located in residential, trendy, and safe neighborhoods, close to the schools. All our accommodation options run from check-in on Sunday through check-out on Saturday.

However, additional days (before or after the course) can be arranged. You may also arrange your own accommodation if you wish. However, we recommend the complete package in order for students to maximize their language learning. The experience of living with a local family or living with other students in one of the school's residences provides more practice opportunities, therefore enhancing a student's ability to converse in Spanish. This allows a full immersion into the Latin American culture.

Host family

For those who wish to make a cultural journey, learning not only the Spanish language but also about the local culture through the experiences, lives, and customs of a local family. Special diets, such as those for vegetarians, can be catered for.

Student accommodation

For those who prefer to live independently, making new friends and sharing daily life with other foreign and/or Latin American students. Standard accommodation is in shared rooms (there is a supplement for single rooms) and students are invited to use the shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom facilities.


Argentine cooking workshop

The cooking workshop is designed for people who want to learn more about traditional Argentine cuisine and how to make tasty dishes local style! A language course is included in this workshop. Argentina is very famous for its excellent quality of meat, and for cooking huge asados (BBQs), but also because of its empanadas and several dishes based on the famous Italian kitchen.

Like Argentinean culture, the food also draws upon a strong Spanish and Italian heritage, as well as other European and South American cultures. Mentioning Argentinean food often evokes such robust images of juicy steaks, spicy Malbec wines and the caramel taste of dulce de leche. Argentina has become known in recent years for its cosmopolitan fare, cities embracing a modern fusion, while the more rural cuisine continues to rely heavily on traditional staples.

This new Argentinean cuisine workshop will tickle your fancy and tease the taste buds. What better place to learn about Argentinean gastronomy than the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, with our highly experienced and qualified chefs. This is an intensive program held in an off campus location, which includes 3 hours of instruction.

We might prepare famous Argentina empanadas, or a guiso, locro, or alfajores de dulce de leche. After the session, you will receive a deliciously delectable meal after all the secrets about the Argentinean kitchen have been revealed. Often we also arrange activities in the school for students such as BBQs, or parties for particular events. Students and staff get together and enjoy themselves all the time.

Every Friday night we run a dance class for all students to kick off the weekend. Each week well learn one of either Salsa, Tango, Chacarera or Zamba. Join in and learn how to dance! Each week we hold lectures about various topics of interest relating to Argentine society. Subjects range from progressions of society, to certain aspects of the culture, as well as particular myths and legends of the country.

We also talk about Argentines icons, such as Evita Perrn, Carlos Gardl, or Diego Maradona. We also discuss local places of interest: you wouldnt want to miss the famous MALBA museum, the Casa Rosada, El Caminito in La Boca, or the cemetery of Recoleta. We will also show you many secrets of Buenos Aires, not discovered yet by the tourists. This is also a great way to practice your Spanish comprehension, as all lectures are given in Spanish.

Spanish language course

Amauta Spanish School in Argentina offers the unique opportunity to get to grips with the Spanish language while immersing yourself in the fascinating Argentine culture in the Paris of South America - Buenos Aires! You couldnt be better poised to explore the best of Buenos Aires. AMAUTA is not just a place to learn Spanish in Argentina, its a great place to make friends, meet different people and be part of a community.

Students from all over the world come to Amauta to learn Spanish in Argentina which creates an incredible diversity of people and stories to share. Once you arrive you wont want to leave. The school boasts bright classrooms with big windows overlooking the Plaza del Congreso, a coffee bar, a common room for students with WiFi, computers, and offices. Walk outside the school and feel yourself immersed in Argentina History, at a few minutes only from the famous Cafe Tortoni.

We offer a huge variety of Spanish courses, from our most basic 20 hours of group or individual classes per week, to Medical Spanish, Spanish and Volunteer, Spanish and TEFL and many other interesting options. Our cultural courses have a diverse and interactive teaching style, including field trips to museums, art galleries, parks and many others such as the Cemetery of Recoleta, and the famous Caminito in La Boca.

Small group language classes

Our Spanish group classes are a great way of learning interactively. Working in a group environment encourages conversation and helps you learn from your peers. All Spanish group lessons are small to allow for personalized teaching. You will always be placed with others who are at the same level of Spanish so you can learn together at the appropriate pace.

Standard Spanish courses run for four hours a day, either in the morning or afternoon, and consist of two 2-hour classes taught by qualified teachers. There is a 20 minute break in between. In your Spanish lessons, teachers dedicate most of the time to interactive activities and exercises through which students learn to understand and speak Spanish in a constructive manner.

Students will also spend time on grammar exercises, writing and reading. Visits to typical locations around the city such as the market, schools or a hospital, are also often arranged to aid student learning.

School activities

  • Dance class, either Salsa, Tango, Chacarera or Zamba
  • Farewell gathering
  • Latin American movie nights
  • Lectures on places and subjects of interest
  • Music class with Argentine instruments
  • School events
  • School trips to well-known spots in Buenos Aires such as museums, galleries and parks.
  • Talks on Argentine myths and legends
  • Walking tour in the neighborhood to get familiarized with the area
  • Welcome meeting for all new students with typical Argentine mate

Included excursions

City tour

Take the pulse of Buenos Aires with our city tour. From the historic area around the Plaza de Mayo, continue on to visit the infamous Obelisk and one of the most important Opera houses in the world, the Teatro Colon. Then, spanning outward explore the flavourful barrios of Buenos Aires: the colonial San Telmo, the colourful La Boca, the up-and-coming Puerto Madero and the fashionable Recoleta and Palermo.

Estancia Tour

Head out to a working estancia, or ranch, for the day and witness firsthand the guacho culture. Take a ride out on the vast pampas, appreciate the riding and herding skills and, for lunch, enjoy a traditional country asado, or barbeque, over an open fire pit.

The Tango Show

Buenos Aires is exemplified by its homegrown tango: sumptuous, passionate and cultured. Over dinner and drinks, listen to a live band playing classic tangos and the singers crooning the melancholic songs of the King of Tango, Carlos Gardel, and, of course, be awed by watching the intricately choreographed tango performances.

Tigre and the Parana Delta tour

Explore Tigre by heading up on the coastal train to the weekend getaway destination of the Porteos. From here, sail around the hundreds of islands that constitute the Parana river delta, an ecologically diverse and valuable reserve, at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata.



As varied is Argentinas geography, so is its culture. It is composed of an ethnic mix of foreigners from Europe, including people from Italy, Germany, England, Spain, Basque, and the Irish. Because of the strong European migration, this influenced the demise of pre-Columbian cultures, leaving the present lack of dominant indigenous populations.

Each culture established their own role throughout the countrythe Basque and Irish controlled sheep farming, Germans and Italians established farms, and the British predominately invested in developing the countrys infrastructure. Small populations of Japanese, Chileans, Bolivians, Paraguayans, and Uruguayans are also found scattered throughout the country.

Due to the array of cultural diversity, a particularly diverse arts, crafts, and music scene exists. There are many cinemas and galleries in major urban centers. The Argentina cinema, widely respected throughout the world, is used as a vehicle to manifest the horrors of the Dirty War. Tango is the medium of dance and is believed to be one of the most amorous ways of expressing love in Argentina. Folk music is also popular, containing Amerindian influence.

Buenos Aires

The capital, as well as the largest city in Argentina. The southern shore of the capital is located on the Rio de la Plata, located along the south eastern coast of South America. The city is strongly influenced by European culture and because of this, is often called the Paris of South America. It is the home to the Teatro Colon, one of the worlds greatest opera houses.

It holds several symphony orchestras and choral societies. In addition, throughout the city, museums of fine arts, modern arts, decorative arts, popular arts, sacred arts, theatre and popular music, as well as well-preserved homes of famous writers and artists can be found. Libraries are also in abundance throughout Buenos Aires, where botanical gardens and well-landscaped parks and botanical gardens can be found in contrast.


Argentinean cuisine


Beef often said to be the best in the world perhaps explaining why Argentineans have the highest consumption of meat in the world annually. Argentinean beef is grass fed and has a tougher texture, less fat, more muscle, and a stronger flavor than corn fed cattle.The restaurants specializing in barbeque (parrillas), feature large open grills often displaying a variety of meats in the process of being cooked.

Italian classics, vegetables and salads also feature prominently in Argentinean cuisine. Pasta selections such as tallarines (fettuccine), raviolis, noquis (gnocchi) and canelones are common fare. Other classics include empanadas, which are small pastries, which can be filled with such ingredients as meat, cheese and vegetables, and milanesas, or fried and breaded meat, often served as snacks or in sandwiches with potatoes.

More traditional meals include the puchero, a casserole made from various meats and vegetables, such as corn onions peppers and potatoes and carbonaba, beef stew of corn, squash, rice, sweet potatoes, apples and pears. To finish of the meal, postres (desserts) are certainly not lacking. Flan, dulce de leche, or a type of caramel, and alfajores, shortbread cookies layered with dulce de leche, are Argentinean favorites. Also available and very popular is the helados, or ice cream, which takes its tasty heritage from the Italian gelato.


Another staple of Argentina is yerba mate, a bitter caffeinated tea that is usually brewed loose-leaf in a mate, or a hollowed out gourd, through a bombilla, or a metal spoon. Not unique to Argentina, it is also popular throughout Uruguay and other parts of South America.

Argentineans carry their mate cups throughout the day, and often share their mate in a typical custom of friendship. Depending upon the style of the region, it is unsweetened or sweetened and flavored with additional herbs.

If you like your beer, Argentina has a wide range available. While the domestic beers such as Quilmes and Isenbeck are average, you can find some great micro-brewed beers from breweries such as Antares and Barbaroja. Foreign beers such as Heineken and Budweiser are widely available. It could be said that beef is to Argentinean food, what Malbec is to Argentinean wine.

While the Malbec grape, a European variety that was never successful in France, is the best known, cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are other widely grown red grapes. The white Torrontes grape, originally from the Mediterranean region, is quite popular in Argentina, in addition to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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