Vida o muerte en El Cusco

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High school senior Elena García is vacationing in Cusco with her mother, who is delighted to return to Peru. In her youth she spent two years in Cusco, so going back with her daughter years later to this amazing region is a dream come true. Everything that Elena experiences, however, bugs her - the food, the people, the clothing, the altitude… She would rather have stayed home in Colorado. She is just starting to get interested in some things when her mother has an accident and suddenly Elena has to deal with the aftermath. The experiences that follow have a transformative effect on Elena.



  • 76 pages of text
  • written in past tense, with many instances of subjuntivo and condicional
  • Neutral Spanish with Latin-American characteristics.
  • setting: Cusco (Peru)


"The story starts right in the middle of events, which draws you into the story. Until halfway the book, Elena ignores the many interesting facts her mother tells her about the Peruvian culture, and behaves like a spoilt child. Fortunately, she becomes a better person in the end."


Information for teachers

There really is a lot of interesting cultural information in the book, that would be fun to explore with your students. Find quizzes about this book on Quizlet.


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Author: unknown
Year of publication: Revised edition, 2017
Number of pages: 76, plus a glossary
ISBN: 9781603720489
Illustrated: Yes
| Miranda Blaauw-van Eijk 14-08-2015 15:39

De cursisten vonden het prettig dat er zoveel werkwoordsvormen in staan. Ze vinden het minder prettig dat het allemaal op Amerikaans leest is gebaseerd.

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