CITY TOUR IN AREQUIPA
"Half day" 3 – 3 ½ hours.
Mornings : 9:30 am
Afternoons : 13:30 pm
The City Tour is the best way to see the beauty of "Arequipa". The tour includes sites such as the cathedral of Arequipa, the Convent of Santa Catalina, characterized by its narrow streets and different styles and famous since the 16th century and is at this time home of 450 nuns."
Also, we'll visit the Museum "Santuarios Andinos" and the beautiful and famous Mommy Juanita.
MONASTERY OF SANTA CATALINA
Santa Catalina was built in Arequipa, the city that was founded in 1540 in a place specially chosen for its natural beauty and good climate, and with a unique construction material:
Its architectonic style is mainly colonial but of a mestizo nature.
Different from other colonial heritages in this part of Latin America, in Santa Catalina especially, the fusion of Spanish and native elements can be observed to the point of generating its own creativity.
The recurrent earthquakes affecting Arequipa since 1582 destroyed the older constructions and also the properties of the relatives of the nuns of Santa Catalina over whom the income that guaranteed the future economy and life of the Monastery was dependent.
This was the reason and origin for building the citadel whiting the monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena in Arequipa. The relatives of the nuns decided to built private cells for them, because the common dormitory was damaged and was also too small for the increasing number of nuns. For almost two centuries during the viceroyalty, the cloisters and cells of Santa Catalina have undergone modifications, additions
CATEDRAL OF AREQUIPA
The Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa ("Basílica Catedral", in Spanish) is located in the at is main plaza ("Plaza de Armas"), province of Arequipa, Peru. It is the most important Catholic church in the city and also of the larger Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Arequipa since it is the base of the Archbishop and the Metropolitan Council. The cathedral is also considered one of Peru's most unusual and famous colonial cathedrals since the Spanish conquest.
MUSEUM "SANTUARIOS ANDINOS"
The Museum "Santuarios Andinos" or "Sanctuary Museum" was created in 1996, following the major archaeological research and discoveries in southern Peru. The museum is in charge of the project "Santuarios de Altura del Sur Andino" or "High Sanctuaries of the Southern Andes", led by Dr. Johan Reinhard and José Antonio Chávez Chávez.
The Museum has five galleries exhibiting ceramic, textiles and metal, and includes eight frozen bodies of women who were sacrificed on the snow-capped mountains in southern Peru. These findings confirm that the Inca Empire practiced human sacrifice.
Santuarios Andinos museum is most famous for housing the mummified remains of 13-year-old Juanita. Shortly after arriving in the area, the Incas implemented the practice of sacrificing children on the peaks of the area's highest volcanoes. Archaeologists believe that the children were sacrificed as part of a Capac Cocha ceremony aimed at appeasing the
Transfer back to Hotel
- Transfers from your hotel.
- Entrance fees to all touristic attractions
- Touristic Bus with insurance SOAT
- Professional bilingual guide (English - Spanish) along with your excursions.
- City tour included the visit of:
- Monastery of Santa Catalina
- Cathedral of Arequipa, Museum "Santuarios Andinos".
Does not include:
- Unscheduled Meals.
- Others not specified in the Program