Peru Journals

Peru Part 2

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A travel journal to Peru by Essexgirl09

Convento de Santa Catalina Photo, Arequipa, Peru More Photos
Quote: From my holiday in Peru - August 2009.

Convento de Santa Catalina

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Attraction | "Tranquility"

Convento de Santa Catalina Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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Santa Catalina Monastery is one of the main attractions to the Peruvian colonial town of Arequipa. Technically it is a convent, and was founded in 1580. Although there are some nuns still living there apparently (I didn’t see any, they are in another part), it is actually a very popular tourist attraction and is also available to hire for private parties (they were preparing for one on the day we visited). The architectural style is manly colonial with some native features. It is located just a few blocks from the central plaza and is easy to walk to. The convent is large, much larger than I expected, it is like a mini-town within those walls. Wealthy and prestigious sixteenth and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2010

Convento de Santa Catalina
Calle Santa Catalina 301
Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 229798

Museo Santury

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Attraction | "R.I.P. Juanita"

Quote:
A few minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas of the Southern Peruvian colonial town of Arequipa is the Museo Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria, also know as Museo Santury. It is essentially an anthropological and archaeological museum, looking at the lifestyles of the ancient Incas of the regions and their piece de résistance is the ‘mummified’ corpse of the Inca Ice Maiden Juanita. Technically she isn’t a mummy, as she was frozen rather than bandaged and embalmed. Museum tickets cost about 20 Peruvian soles (£4.50), they don’t allow you to take bags into the museum, or cameras. Depending on that time you arrive and how many people there are speaking your language also waiting, you ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2010

Museo Santury
Santa Catalina 210
Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 200345

Amantani Island (Isla Amantani)

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Attraction | "Home From Home"

Amantani Island (Isla Amantani) Photo, Peru, South America
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Lake Titicaca is situated on the border of Peru and Bolivia. It is approximately 190km long and 80km wide, and is situated at an altitude of 3800m. I visited the Peruvian side during my visit. The main Peruvian town on the lake is Puno, which is a busy industrial and commercial town, very busy and not particularly attractive. This was our access point to the lake. For our first day we were going out to Amantani Island for a home-stay. The journey on the lake was about four hours and was very relaxing if a bit dull – bring books. Upon arrival we were welcomed by some of the villagers and taken to one of the chief’s homes. Here our party was divided up amongst the other families in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2010

Amantani Island (Isla Amantani)
Lake Titicaca
Peru, Peru

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)

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Attraction | "Reedy"

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes) Photo, Puno, Peru
Quote:
Lake Titicaca is situated on the border of Peru and Bolivia. It is approximately 190km long and 80km wide, and is situated at an altitude of 3800m. I visited the Peruvian side during my visit. The main Peruvian town on the lake is Puno, which was our access point to the lake. After our visit to Amantani Island, we took our boat to the Uros Islands.The Uros Islands are floating man-made reed islands. The Uros residents have dwindled of late, but they receive grants if they decide to remain on the islands which fund solar panels – the homes we saw had TV and satellite equipment. The first island we visited was owned by one family and had two homes – for the parents and the son and his w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2010

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)
Lake Titicaca
Puno, Peru

Colca Canyon

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Attraction | "Flight of the Condor"

Colca Canyon Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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Colca Canyon in Southern Peru is one of the deepest canyons on earth, in fact at one time was considered the deepest, but a nearby, less accessible canyon now takes that honour. The canyon reaches a depth of 4160m in places which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. We visited as part of a tour group. We have over-nighted near the hot springs town of Chivay and had an early start the next morning to Colca Canyon, whose main attraction, other than the scenery and natural wildlife, is the Andean Condors who use the rising thermals to glide around the canyon on their early morning hunts. This is an area of high altitude (well over 4000m in parts) so strenuous walks are only for those who ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2010

Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon
Arequipa, Peru