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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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  • It is close to the central region of the city of Arequipa, has a beautiful view (but does not compare with the other attractions)
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  • About 10 min walking from the Plaza de Armas across the Chili River, the monastery is a tourist spot little frequented by travelers, during my visit in an hour I will have seen maximum five. Cloister rooms and courtyards of the time, also boasts a Museum of Amazon animals dissected in addition to a viewpoint. The entrance is 10 soles and students Peru 5 soles.
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  • The Recoleta is not to be compared with the San Catalina. It is impressive by it's collection of stuffed animals that were used to train the missionaries before going into the jungle. You discover all...  more »
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  • The best Museum q can be, everything super chido and constructions and decorations.
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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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  • One of the best Museum and conservation one of the best above all the library, great cloisters and mostly the service very good people and good service and good thing they give you at the entrance that also has its day of promotion that are the last Saturday of each month the entrance is 50% discount I recommend XD...
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  • We went walking to this monastery from the Center and it was a short walk out much more than we can imagine. We had to wait because they close at noon hours, so we were the first to enter when they opened again in the afternoon. Indicate you the agenda of the visit a little and you walk around free for patios and rooms that make up the Museum, which is quite diverse: from animals and objects of tribes of the Amazon, treasures pre-Inca, passing through the rooms with toys in different state of deterioration. For my best, patios, (spectacular) library and the cells that recreate the life of the prior and a monk.
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  • Find and watch contemporary paintings including the Cusco school is unique
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