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“Out of the way, unique experience”

Monasterio de la Recoleta
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Private Tour: Colonial Arequipa Including Recoleta Convent and Casa del Moral
Ranked #23 of 102 things to do in Arequipa
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Owner description: This 17th century convent has been rebuilt several times due to earthquake damage. Now a museum, its rooms contain mummies, masks and souvenirs collected on missionary travels.
Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Out of the way, unique experience”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We walked to the other side of the river and waited for this convent to reopen at 3pm. There were probably 10 other people there at the same time as us, so we would often walk into a room that was dark. You were supposed to turn on the lights on your way in and turn them back off when you left. They had interesting animal samples from the first mission up the Amazon. Also, the Library was well worth waiting for (it only opens on the :45 of every hour).

Very cool place, worth dropping by if you have time.

Visited July 2013
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Ridgewood, NJ
Level 6 Contributor
609 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Not in the center of town but a place worth seeing.”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

This monasterio is on the other side of the river and it is closed from noon to 3 pm so you need to plan your visit. It is a delightful place and has the history and artifacts of the other more reknown monasterios. We went after lunch to see the recoleta and were 1/2 early as it only opened for the afternoon at 3 PM.

The rooms were well displayed and it was easy to slowly wander throughout. No guide is available but the presentation is clear and worth looking at. There are courtyards and cells to view and the library which is open 15 minutes per hour is a treasure to see. Due to the altitude, temperature and humidity, the books are well preserved. The person at the from desk sought us out to be sure that we did not miss the window of opportunity to see the library.

We also asked to see the church itself, Our lady of Montserat. It was a beautiful church with many side altars to see.

Visited June 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 17, 2013

we loved the whole place. it was a treat to find the cafe half way into the tour. Beautiful place, interesting history.

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
371 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

it's only a short walk from the centre of town, but worth it. they have the most eclectic collection of stuff - religious pieces, stuffed animals from the amazon, tribal costumes and instruments, toys...but the most impressive part is the library, with 20,000 books, some hundreds of years old

Visited November 2012
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Glasgow, Scotland
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Why don´t more people come here!?”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

La Recoleta is a 10 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas. It´s a converted monastary and is ridiculously cheap compared with the Santa Catalina Convent. It´s got a fun selection of exhibits spread around the various cloisters, which are picturesque. The library is stunning and it´s such a shame that it seems to go unnoticed by the majority of visitors to Arequipa. My wife and I spent 90 minutes here, by ourselves. It was so peaceful and serene. The exhibits were quite interesting especially the pre-Colombian art/life section (grotesque mummies too!) and the history of the monks who lived here.

I´d recommend this place just to escape the pushy tourist touts in the old town and to get away from the crowds of people. It´s also fascinating! Go! Be a book nerd!

Visited December 2012
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