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Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: (54) 229 798
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Description: Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a...
Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a large complex of rooms, picturesque plazas, ornate fountains and a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets.
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So much to see here. With each corner you turn, there is a different setting to explore, and it's so peaceful compared to the rest of the city. If you just want to walk around... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

So much to see here. With each corner you turn, there is a different setting to explore, and it's so peaceful compared to the rest of the city. If you just want to walk around, there are lovely gardens and brightly painted buildings worth seeing. If you want to learn about the history, there are explanations throughout, plus you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The entrance fee is pricey, but our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly, spoke Spanish, German, and English, and the grounds of the convent are steeped in fascinating colonial history. Beautiful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

A bit expensive but a nice tourist move on my part. I walked around for about two hours and took some pretty beautiful photos... the blue and red walls really stand out. It's a nice detour from the usual walking around the city. Tours are offered, however I didn't purchase one. It was enough for me to read the spanish... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting display of old monastery activities, good explanations, quiet heaven in a busy town

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

No visit to Arequipa should go without visiting the Santa Catalina monastery. It's truly a huge complex, reminiscent of the adobe housing of New Mexco pueblo, only in brighter colours. All in all, a must =

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This monastery is a must see if you go to Arequipa. It is beautifully preserved and colorfully painted. Go there from the moment in opens in the morning, so you can visit it before the masses of tourists arrive. Or go there in the evening, the light is totally amazing then.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful monastery! Very interesting facts about the place and very interesting architecture. The colors and setting is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit place. make sure to get a guide as they will fill you in on the meaning and significance of the different locations, colors, and social history. It is walkable and then after you are finished with guided tour, make sure to walk around on your own.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Our tour guide described this as the Machu Picchu of Arequipa. He wasn't wrong. We wandered round on our own without a guide, and thoroughly enjoyed this place. It is a true city within a city, and a fascinating one at that. If you only see one thing in Arequipa, make it this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is a must-see. The tour is worthwhile for the extra details and information. The complex is huge, beautiful, and a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle outside the walls.

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Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: (54) 229 798
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Arequipa Region  >  Arequipa

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