Mummies alive & well

While not as quaint as Cusco, Arequipa has a charm that made me want to stay. Even those not interested in colonial buildings will find alto to interest them.


Mummies alive & well

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Anne Silver on October 27, 2000

High on Ampato volcano a mummy named Juanita was discovered. I was stunned by the condition of not only the mummy, but the artifacts looked like they were just made yesterday. The colors are perfectly preserved. If you skip everything else don't miss this.

Santa Catalina Convent is also well worth the admission price. It housed 450 nuns and was opened to the public after almost 4 centuries of seclusion. I was very intrigued to see how these nuns lived and functioned in what was a totally secluded city. Many of the rooms are furnished in original period pieces. ${QuickSuggestions} Check to see if Juanita is in town. She has been going on tour.

While at the convent it is worth while to join a tour group. While the payment for the tour is supposed to be voluntary, the tour guide had chastised one of the group members for giving her too little money. Without a tour guide it is easy to miss alot of the convent. ${BestWay} Walking and taxis.


Posado de Sancho

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Anne Silver on October 27, 2000

Room cost approx $20 per night for a double with private bath. A well planned time is necessary for hot water. I ended up with several cold showers. Breakfast is available on the roof patio for a very reasonable price. We stayed in two rooms at two different times. Check out the beds. One room facing the courtyard has a bad bed and the window in the bathroom which had no curtain is easily looked into. The rooms in the front while having good beds are noisy. Location is great. Very close to the Plaza, across the street from Juanita, and one block from Convent.
Posado de Sancho
Santa Catalina 213A
Arequipa, Peru
287797

Govinda

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Anne Silver on October 27, 2000

Clean and has a nice outside patio. Billed as vegetarian food, but it has a well rounded menu and any one can find something to enjoy here. A lunch buffet is available for a good price. We ate here twice.
Govinda
Santa Catalina 120
Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 285540

Colca Canyon

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Anne Silver on October 27, 2000

We took a three day hike into the canyon and found it very memorable. We talked with some people who did a two day hike and they felt rushed and weren't able to get far enough into the canyon to really see the inhabitants. Even if you only have a little time it is very worth while. A good oportunity to see traditional people wearing their native clothing.
Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon
Arequipa, Peru

Juanita Mummy

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Anne Silver on October 27, 2000

You won't forget it. Mummies are in excellent condition. A short film is shown to give a perspective on what you will be seeing. This museum helps put Peru and it's history into perspective. A guide will be assigned. What you pay is voluntary. I didn't really feel that the guide did much more than read the cards next to the displays, but you can't get in without one. I wanted more time and eventually had to slow the guide down.
Juanita Mummy
Museo Santurios de Altura
Arequipa, Peru

Santa Catalina Convent

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Anne Silver on October 27, 2000

A city within a city and a photographers delight. Secluded from the public for almost 400 years it was opened in the 1970's. I enjoyed wandering and imagining what life was like there. 450 nuns occupied this city at the height of it's population. Parents would donate a daughter, but would have to give a dowery large enough to support her. While it was claimed that the nuns all had similar conditions, it was obvious to me that some had it better than others. Most of the nuns had servants. It wasn't cheap to be a nun. At a certain point nuns with lesser financial situations were accepted. This combined with many earthquakes brought down the city. Today a small portion is still occupied by nuns.
Convento de Santa Catalina
Calle Santa Catalina 301
Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 229798

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