Accommodation in Arequipa
Llama Education understands that the decision to live on another continent and study another language and culture is a big step, even if just for a few weeks or a month. For this reason, we emphasise cultural interaction in terms of the accommodation in which students stay.
While learning Spanish in Peru, students can choose to live in hotels, hostels or furnished rooms. However, it is recommended that they choose a live-in package, staying with a local Peruvian family specially selected to match the students´ needs and interests. This arrangement helps students to adjust to a new culture and language in the comfort and safety of a home-like environment. It also gives students ample opportunity to talk with their family and to put into practise what they are learning in their lessons.
Staying with Llama Education´s founders
For students who wish to have a bit more privacy and comfort it is possible to stay for a period of time with the founder of Llama Education, Maria Huaman, who is Peruvian and who leads the school.
Students reside in comfortable bedrooms on the third floor of the Huaman’s home in a secure, gated neighborhood in Cerro Colorado, a 10 minute taxi drive from the Main Square. Students have their own student lounge offering all modern conveniences such as internet access, a cable television and a library. Both student bedrooms have their own bathroom with hot water and a private balcony with their own hammock in which they can enjoy the sun. Meals feature traditional Peruvian cuisine, but Maria is also used to accommodating special diets such as vegetarian.
Staying with a Local Peruvian family
For students who already speak some Spanish it is possible to stay with a Peruvian family. You live with a friendly middle class family and are welcomed into their home as part of the family. You have your own bedroom, but the other rooms are shared with the family, the bathroom has hot water.
The Salinas – Meza Family
The Salina – Meza family live in the pretty and urbanized Yanahuara district of Arequipa, just minutes from the city center by taxi. Supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, and banks are in close proximity to the family home.
The Meza-Romero family
The Meza- Romero Family live in the pretty and urbanized Yanahuara district of Arequipa, 10 minutes from the city center by taxi or by safe city buses (which pass directly by the house). Supermarkets, restaurants, shops, and banks are all within walking distance of the family home. They are farmers and have a daughter who lives with them, as well as two granddaughters.
Our accommodations are located in the best urban areas of Arequipa: Umacollo, Yanahuara, Cayma, and Cercado (downtown). The types of accommodations available include:
- A student residence, living with other university students
- A family house where you can learn more about customs and traditions of the city
- A comfortable hotel or a 3 star-hostel
- A rented apartment (Maria will arrange this free of charge)
Staying in Llama Education’s city centre apartments
In March 2006 we acquired a new residence in downtown Arequipa – just minutes away from the city center – and very close to the Cathedral and the Main Square which enables us to offer more individual and group courses for students. Students can choose to either have their lessons in the apartment if they wish or to go daily to the main school 10 minutes from the city centre – (it is easy and cheap to take either a bus or taxi to the school).
The apartment is very comfortable with 2 bedrooms, a large dining room, lounge, kitchen and bathroom with hot water. Meals can be taken in the apartment and students are also free to use the facilities to cater for themselves. The apartment is in a secure block and is very quiet – an ideal place for studying! The lounge is equipped with a television and a CD player for students to use whilst relaxing. The apartment is very centrally located, just a 5 minute walk from the Main Square and close to shops, museums, restaurants, internet cafes, tour agencies and the main city centre supermarket.
The cost is US $140 (6 nights / 7 days for four students.
Your choice of accommodation
We accommodate all of our students in the type of accommodation they prefer, whether that is with a family, in a city centre apartment, hostel or hotel. Simply tell us which option you prefer and we will arrange this for you.