Arequipa- Convent of Santalina and
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We caught our bus which was a little late but I was very impressed with it. The chairs reclined and were very comfortable. One big problem--I must have eaten or drank something because I had the cramps and diarrhea all night. Felt terrible--I had brought antibiotics and started on them immediatly but was in the restroom at least 7 or 8 times( Thank god there was a restroom) . Luckly by the time we got to Areguipa I had started to feel better. This was the only time I felt bad on the whole trip to Peru and the Galapagos Islands and the only thing I missed was one night on a bus. Can't complain. Poor Ann got seasick at the Islands and then altitude sickness in Peru.
When our bus driver unloaded the luggage and we all went to claim ours, two couples in our group had no luggage.
We just spent one day in Arequipa and spent most of it on a self guided tour of the Convent of Santa Catalina and a museum called Museo dela Universidad Catalica se Santa Catalina.
First the convent: Was almost a little city enclosed by walls--Had its own streets and numerous buildings. Had signs in english so we could read the history of it as we walked through and signs would tell what each room was used for--Also had the clothing the Priest wore over the past 300 years or so which were quite elaborate especially to a non-catholic like me. We found the convent very interesting and would recomend it to anyone who likes history.
The other place we visited was the museum mentioned above. The main attraction here was a mummy of a little girl who was sacrificed by the Inca priest probably 500 yeas ago up on the crest of Ampato Volcano. Soon after her death the body was covered by snow-ice and was just found in 1955 after an erruption of the volcano. The body was in an excellent state of preservation and it and two other bodies has given a lot of information on the clothing, health of the Incas since the liver,heart and other organs were so well preserved. Her body is now kept in a glass refrigerated case -. Do not know where her name came from but she is known as "Juanita, the Ice Maiden"