Spanish in Peru

Peru is also a good place to study Spanish. The Spanish spoken in Peru, especially in Lima, is very uniform and commercial because it does not have a particular pronunciation and do not make any significant changes to the language (Like in the case of Argentina or Mexico). But Lima is not only a good place to study Spanish. Lima History is very rich. There are many touristic places and museum where you can see samples of it.


spanish in lima

Lima is the capital of Peru and has 43 districts so before you decide to go to any place, you should use a Lima map; it will show you exactly where the places are. That way, you will not miss any place that you should see and nor will you get lost.

A common problem you will face in Argentina or in Peru (actually in any country) is the traffic. At rush hours there are traffic jams in almost all the principal avenues, the best way to avoid any kind of problem (besides traffic jams) you should inform yourself about the present situation in the country you plan to visit. You can do this thanks to webcams.

They offer live images of different places in the city. That way, before going there, you will take the needed actions in order to avoid a problematic situation.

Peruvian Health System

Healthcare in Peru has changed drastically from pre-colonial times to the modern era. The health system in Peru has two sectors, one public and one private. Within the public sector, there are two types of national insurance. The first, called Seguro Integral de Salud (SIS) is mandated by the Peruvian Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud, or MINSA). SIS is what I would describe as the equivalent of Medicaid or Medical in the United States, and is further discussed below.

Cusco and Spanish conquest

Centuries ago, most of Peru and some South American countries were under the domain of the Inca Empire. The Inca achievements were many, and in different aspects. For example the ones in:

  • Architecture

  • Economics

  • Agriculture

  • Administration

The wonder of Machu Picchu

machu picchu

The capital of this empire was in Peru, located exactly in Cusco. In 1933, Cusco was declared “Archeological Capital of the America”, and in 1978 it was declared “Cultural Heritage of the World” due to the many ancient Inca ruins that are there. The ruins of Machu Picchu are, without a doubt, the most important ones. In 1997 Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the seven world wonders. But Machu Picchu is not the only touristic place in Cusco; in a Cusco travel guide you can find the most popular touristic places, as well as all the necessary information if you want to travel to this city full of history and mystery.

In Inca times, the official language was the Quechua, but since the Spanish conquered Peru, it became the second official language, and Spanish turned into the first one. Peru was conquered by the Spanish in 1574 approximately, after many years of battle. The history of Spain points out the era of exploration, discovery, and colonization. During this era they arrived to almost all South America, parts of North America, the Philippines and a part of Africa. The Spanish economic improved thanks to the conquest of these colonies (as they called them) and they became one of the largest, most important and rich empires in the history of the world.

Due to the Spanish conquest, a lot of countries lost and forgot ancient traditions and their populations adopted new ones. Probably the most important is the language; Spanish is spoken as official language in 22 countries. However, the number of people that are taking a Spanish course is surprisingly increasing. Spanish is one of the most important languages in the world: It is spoken by 500 million people approximately.