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Monasterio de la Recoleta, Arequipa

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Explore the huge collection of historical books and maps, including rarities dating back to the 15th century, at Monasterio de la Recoleta. This storied 17th-century Franciscan monastery was recently repurposed into a public library, where the collection includes over 20,000 old books and documents. While there, visit the onsite museum of Amazonian and pre-Conquest artifacts collected by missionaries. Guides speaking Italian, French, Spanish, and English offer extensive knowledge on topics. A visit to Monasterio de la Recoleta represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arequipa itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Beautiful monastery something out of Center. Towards monastery from the Centre you need a bridge over with magnificent views of the volcanoes. In the monastery there is an impressive library. The many small museums on various topics such as animals in the Amazon, life of the Indians etc. make it fun for children.
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  • Amazon Museum we loved the library and the Museum of pre-Columbian... definitely a good place to visit if you have time in arequipa
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  • This muses is u like most church museums. There are a couple of rooms dedicated to the church, but the rest are dedicated to pre-Colombian ceramics, the amazon and the animals and birds who lived ther...  more »
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  • Excellent museum you can interact with the differences of the other q building almost anything can be. 100% recommended.
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  • A place where you can visit museums, relics and a huge library.
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  • One of the best museums. Very good. Good old library, very flashy, recommended. Go between 4 pm
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  • The best Museum q can be, everything super chido and constructions and decorations.
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  • A great Museum
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Most accommodations in Arequipa cluster on the east side of the Chili River. The historical center offers the best selection of options, with plenty of budget hostels and mid-range hotels scattered throughout its streets. For something quieter, look north to the neighborhoods of Zemanat and San Jacinto. If you're looking for a suburban experience, stay in the western neighborhood of Yanahuara.
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