Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

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A visit to Santa Catalina Monastery allows you to get a feel for what life was like in the 16th century. Founded in 1580, the convent was open to girls from wealthy families, who were required to pay a hefty dowry for admission into its ranks. The enchanting monastery, which at its height hosted as many as 450 residents, now houses just 20 nuns. You can visit all save a few private parts of the monastery, appreciating the simple but touching architecture, washed in soft pastel colors. Consider hiring one of the English-speaking guides stationed at the monastery entrance to get the most out of your tour. A visit to Santa Catalina Monastery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arequipa holiday maker website to plot your vacation.
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  • Very nice visit of an old convent installed by the Conquistadors. Beautiful and very well maintained. I see take the option guide for some soles more. It is really worth. It must count 1 h 30 to 2 h 00 for the visit. Do not miss.
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  • This Convent is a town in the city of Arequipa. This place is very beautiful and very interesting. Take a guide for anecdotes and exciting explanation of this unique place.
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  • The best place in Arequipa if you like photography and history. I hesitated to enter, but once there I could not stop taking photos. Highly recommended
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  • What an incredible place to explore! So much history and beautiful architecture. We enjoyed the small garden the most, which was filled with amazing flowers and terrific landscaping. Also, we did a self guided tour, as there are signs in many of the rooms in multiple languages, which provided information. It was fun poking in and out of rooms as we felt appropriate, however, there are guides for a small fee (10 soles) who seemed very knowledgeable, so not a bad alternative I suppose. Overall, great place and a must see!
  • One of my favorite things about Arequipa is this monastery. Make sure you pay the $3 extra for a tour guide. They will give you a unique perspective into the local culture and history.
  • Such beauty and history. I recommend getting a tour guide to fullly understand everything. Then afterwards you can stay and go back through on your own. Nice restrooms there as well with toilet seats...a rare find in Peru!
  • Wonderful location! I would recommend to do a guided tour starting at 5 p.m. In the evening the place will be enlighted which is awesome!
  • Beautiful place, bright colours and very big. Explore with a guide or on your own

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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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