Welcome to Sumaq Marka


  • We are a small and friendly Spanish school, specialized in Spanish language courses for students from around the world. Our permanent concern is to provide them with high quality Spanish lessons.

  • We offer a full range of courses for complete beginners through to advanced speakers. In addition we run specialized courses such as:
    • Survival Spanish courses
    • Immersion Spanish Courses
    • Spanish conversation lessons
    • Spanish crash courses.

  • We give our students customized tutoring at the level and pace especially suited to their personal goals through interactive, communicative and personal teaching methods.

  • Our study environment is comfortable and modern, equipped with multimedia and educational material required to ensure a successful and enjoyable learning experience. We also have an interesting library specially prepared for the use of our students.


What we have been able to learn with Sumaq Marka is way beyond what I would have expected. The classes have been very organized and flexible to meet our needs. Our teacher has an amazing background and solid training in teaching the language.
In addition to speaking Spanish, we were able to learn about the Peruvian and Arequipenean culture first hand. The experience has been invaluable.

Allison Bilas (USA)


I would recommend to everyone visiting Peru, even if for a short time, to visit Arequipa and take Spanish lessons at Sumaq Marka. Our teacher Ericka, not only is the best Spanish teacher I have ever had, she has deep knowledge of her country's history and culture. She regularly integrated all of this into our Spanish lessons as learned.
We have also learn how to make good ceviche, the classic lomo saltado and pisco sours as well , including many secrets!
Ericka is a talented teacher, has been flexible with our complicated schedules, and a good friend above all. I am very happy to have had this life-changing experience!

Scott Bilas (USA)

Hello! My name is Elise, and I'm 26 years old. I come from Norway and am going to be a teacher in Peru for 2 years.
My husband and I have been attending Sumaq Marka for a "survival course" for two weeks..
We have learned a lot! Our teacher is so kind and helpful and she uses lots of different materials to make us understand. We have really enjoyed it!
This course is great to everyone who wants to learn Spanish quickly!
I recommend it from my heart!
All the best.

Elise Lovgren (Norway)

Hello! My name is Erlend. I have been attending Sumaq Marka -Peru for two weeks. I will be staying in Peru for two years and needed survival Spanish to start with. We have a very good teacher and provided me with a good foundation from where I can continue learning.
My teacher has been been very patient with me and my poor language skills and I do highly recommend this course in Sumaq Marka- Peru for anyone who wants to learn Spanish!

Erlend Johansen (Norway)

Hello my name is James Grueneich and I received here a week long Spanish Immersion course. I was skeptical at the beginning because I had been in Peru for only a very short time and did not speak any Spanish. Our teacher made us all feel comfortable and proceeded at a pace for all of us to learn and understand the basics of the language and culture.
By the end of the week I was able to order at restaurants, give and ask for relevant information, make telephone calls, do my shopping at the markets and stores without the help of other people.
With the excellent course structure and patience of Ericka this course made my transition to Peru 100 times easier.
Thank you.
JW Grueneich (USA)

My name is Marianne. I am from Norway and I have lived in Arequipa for one year because I work here. Since I work as a teacher for Norwegians I didn't have many opportunities to practice Spanish during my first year in Peru.
I am staying one more year in Peru, so last August I enrolled as a student at Sumaq Marka- Peru and I have learned a lot!! I have a very nice and gifted teacher who makes us learn through playing games and through practical situations.
This Spanish school is perfect for me. This school is great fun and very interesting!
I recommend Sumaq Marka to everybody!
I am very, very satisfied.

Marianne Mathisen (Norway)

My name is Tron. I am from Norway and I am a teacher .
I live in Arequipa and therefore I need to learn more Spanish. I feel that I understand the language to a certain extent, but I need to learn more.
Here at Sumaq marka with Ericka as my teacher I feel that I am learning a lot.
She "plays"; the language in, and after my 30 years as a teacher I find it refreshing. I learn a lot from Ericka. She is a pleasant and very knowledgeable teacher.
I recommend Ericka warmly as a teacher and Sumaq Marka as a Spanish school.

Tron Mathisen (Norway)

Ericka Loayza taught my husband and I Spanish for six months.
She is a great teacher, she kept the lessons relevant and interesting .
She is both professional and friendly making lessons a lot of fun.
We went from speaking no Spanish at all to being able to happily converse in our daily lives.

We enjoyed learning Spanish with you Ericka. Thank you!

Gemma and Ben Burger
(England & Australia)

Ericka was my Spanish tutor. We had hourly classes once each week.

Ericka is patient and supportive of her students.
She is fun to study with. She brings interesting and enjoyable topics to the studies.
I would certainly recommend Ericka for any person needing personal instruction in Spanish.

George Hufford (USA)

Hi, our names are Jan Frode & Elise and we are a married couple.
We come from the beautiful country Norway and we haven't spoken Spanish before.

We heard about Sumaq Marka through some friends, and we thought that studying Spanish would be something nice to do in our holiday.
With the course we have learned a lot and are very satisfied...

Jan Frode Ronning (Norway)

Elise Ronning (Norway)

Hello, my name is Martin from Norway and I attended a 3-day Spanish survival course at Sumaq Marka in Arequipa, Peru.
The course went over 12 hours and I found it quite useful, regarding to daily activities such as buying in markets and shops, making telephone calls, ordering in a restaurant, ordering taxis, asking and giving directions in the city, asking and giving information...

Martin Mathisen (Norway)


I studied Spanish in Arequipa and I had 4 weeks of 1 to 1 tuition with Ericka. Ericka was always very patient with my attempts at learning Spanish and remained helpful and cheerful throughout the 4 weeks.
We covered a range of topics with a balance between conversational practice and the study of grammar and tenses. Ericka kept the lessons interesting and fun and introduced various activities such as games and music to give variety to the lessons.
With Ericka I also learned a lot more about Peru the country...

Paul Hoxey (England)


Additionally, we offer supplementary activities where our students will experience a delightful taste of the richness of traditional Peruvian culture through their participation in workshops. Perhaps you would like to learn how to prepare one of our mouth-watering typical dishes and our world famous Pisco Sour or learn to dance traditional dances from Peru or Modern Latin dances.

Sumaq Marka-Peru was founded by Mrs .Ericka Loayza who is a licensed teacher graduated in Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, Arequipa-Peru, with a major in Teaching, and Spanish Tutoring.

She started teaching practice at very young age and since then she has been able to gain 24 years of experience.

She is experienced in teaching Spanish as a foreign language to professionals of important companies.She has participated in the preparation of language courses for specific purposes, she has also delivered Spanish immersion courses and has participated in projects that have helped improve the Language Program of the Companies she has worked for.

Over many years she has developed her own techniques to enhance the Language Program and Spanish immersion courses. Giving her experience in teaching Spanish to a wide range of people including professionals, tourists or students who require Spanish as a foreign language for different purposes.