With spring-like temperatures year-round between 50° to 75° F, Cuenca’s unique location is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, biking or exploring the city on foot or the Tranvia, a modern light-rail system linking downtown and the airport. The town’s rich cultural heritage attracts visitors from around the world and is one of the most affordable places to live, making it a top destination for ex-pats looking for a quality of life. Cuenca locals (Cuencanos) are welcoming and known for their hospitality.

Founded in 1557, Cuenca is Ecuador’s third-largest city and cultural center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the Andes highlands at an elevation of 2560 m (8400 ft), Cuenca has a population of more than 400,000 in the urban zone and up to 700,000 in the wider metropolitan area. Ecuador’s most European city, with its colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, parks and river walks with four rivers, also boasts two magnificent cathedrals in the town center.

Getting here:  Ecuador has two international airports, Quito (UIO) and Guayaquil (GYE).  Flights to Cuenca are under one hour from either airport. You will be greeted with a warm welcome from Amauta.


Cuenca is the best place to learn Spanish because it is spoken slowly and clearly.

The Amauta Spanish School is located in a classic 3-story colonial-style house in the center of the historical district, within walking distance of many important landmarks, museums and parks. Our facilities have 16 classrooms, a kitchen and dining area, a game room and a TV room. There are plenty of places to study and relax with other students, and we are pet-friendly. You will find your way quickly and safely around town and feel at home.

We have been teaching Spanish in Cuenca for 22 years. The faculty and teaching staff are dedicated to helping students master the Spanish language at any age.

Our academic programs focus on Latin American studies and emphasize anthropology, biology, history, colonial and contemporary art, and environmental issues.


  • Airport pick-up
  • Introductory info-pack
  • Study material
  • Spanish certificate from Amauta
  • Local trips and excursions
  • Information and travel assistance for Ecuador and South America
  • Coffee, natural tea, fresh-baked bread and purified water


Homestay | $147 per week ($21 a day)

  • Private room with two meals a day
  • Weekly laundry service

Hotels & Hostels

Contact us for information and recommendations at info@amauta.edu.ec


Intensive Spanish Programs are the centerpiece of Amauta Spanish School. With our ONE-ON-ONE or GROUP instruction, you will develop the language skills to communicate confidently in Spanish–reading, writing, speaking, listening and comprehension.



San Francisco de Quito, founded in 1534 by Spanish colonists, was built upon a city of great ceremonial and commercial importance to the Incan Empire and the Indigenous Quitus who preceded it. As Quito grew into its current form as a 21st Century metropolis, it clung to its rich cultural heritage as a center of pre-Incan, Incan, and Spanish influence. Today, the city, the world’s first UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, is renowned for its colonial architecture, well-preserved cathedrals and cobblestone plazas. The school is located in a quiet residential neighborhood with easy access to Ecovía, the city’s central public transportation system, Carolina Park, shopping and restaurants.


Manta is located on Ecuador’s central coast on the Pacific Ocean and is the primary port city for tourist cruise lines and the tuna industry. It has some of South America’s most breathtaking beaches and is widely acknowledged for its water-sport activities: windsurfing, diving and sport fishing. The average annual temperature is 25° C (77° F). The school is a few blocks from Murciélago beach and the downtown area in a residential building.


Montañita is a small coastal town on Ecuador’s Santa Elena Peninsula known for its beaches with strong surf breaks and a bohemian vibe. The beach stretched north to La Punta, a rocky bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, Temperates range from 74-84° F. The school provides diving and surfing courses along with Spanish. The school is located a short walk from the town center.


The Amazon rainforest in Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. Exceptionally rich in biodiversity, the jungle offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the rainforest in its pristine state. It is home to more than 300 species of mammal, 800 species of fish and 350 specials of reptiles. The school is located on the banks of the Napo River in the heart of the jungle.