Can't believe it was closed again grrrr, guess the convents don't like me :P

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"Welcome Peace and Love" - but I didn't feel welcome :(
In our way back to Huancayo, we'd pass the town of "La Concepcion". We didn't have many things left to do in Huancayo and there's a nice convent to visit in La Concepcion, so why not stopping here? When I first came here - some years ago - I tried to visit this convent, but it was closed. I was in town the only day they didn't work, pffff. But I promised myself to go back. Now I had the opportunity to do it.

When we arrived to town, it was raining, oh oh. We took a cab to the convent. I had no idea it was located not that close to town, actually it belonged to another village. We could have walked all the way, but since it was raining it wouldn't have been a good idea.
gates were closed, grrrr
The taxi driver was very helpful and kind. During the whole drive, which lasted 10min, he was telling us the story of the city. He was really proud of it and the beauty of the valley.

It was past 1:30pm when we arrived to the convent. It looked very charming, the chapel, gardens... We went straight to the entrance and the gate was open, cool! But there was nobody there, mmm. There was a boy talking on the payphone and as soon as he finished his conversation, he approached to us and asked what we were looking for. He was a bit rude! "Duh! I ant to visit the convent!" Oh no! Then I saw a sign. The convent opens daily until 1pm and reopens at 3pm! No again!!! Pfff. Should we stay here just to wait until the rude guy is back from lunch? No way! We'd better keep on moving.
nice landscape
So good we asked the taxi driver to wait for us.

The taxi driver was surprised we were back so soon. I explained him what happened and he felt sorry for us... oh well... he'd drive us back to the highway, so we'd be able to catch the bus and keep on driving to Huancayo. In our way back to the bus station we passed some fields, potatoes, artichokes, asparagus, veggies!!! He even stopped at a view point so I could go out and get nice pictures of the Mantaro valley. Wow! this valley is really nice. Love the scenery here :)

When we were about arriving I asked him if we could find a good "pachamanca" nearby. Pachamanca is a traditional dish from Huancayo and surroundings. It's about different types of meat: beef, chicken and pork; veggies: lima beans, sweet potato and potato; and also tamales.
the stove!
Everything is cooked underground. Yes, everything is buried! The taxi driver told us the Pachamanca wasn't that good in Concepcion, but he knew a good place in a village in between Huancayo and Concepcion: San Jeronimo!

He drove us there. There were several restaurants on the highway, countryside type restaurants. Well, I'm not a big fan of pachamanca, since I don't like meat that much. But Shawn wanted so bad to try it... oh well, the experience wasn't that great. They just served 2 dishes. A soup and the pachamanca, but they didn't have the 3 types of meat: just beef and pork. Also the service was too slow... I just ate a tamal and the lima beans. Sorry, but this is not my type of food... It's impressive how they cook it, but the flavor wasn't that great... I had a bite, but wasn't that good. I had much better ones in Lima. Nevermind we took a bus back to Huancayo. I could find something to eat there :P
geerbox says:
Hey, I had to feed the monster!! It was a weird day, so I guess weird food was appropriate? At least the dessert made up for the pachamanca later!
Posted on: Dec 18, 2009
yadilitta says:
oh! you didn't like it, but ate it!!! hahaha
Posted on: Dec 18, 2009
yadilitta says:
well, I don't know about you but I don't like pachamanca... might be better ones, but I never look for them. Can eat them, but not my fav :P
Posted on: Dec 18, 2009
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Welcome Peace and Love - but I d…
"Welcome Peace and Love" - but I …
gates were closed, grrrr
gates were closed, grrrr
nice landscape
nice landscape
the stove!
the stove!
monument at the entrance of the to…
monument at the entrance of the t…
Santa Rosa de Ocopa convent, was c…
Santa Rosa de Ocopa convent, was …
arriving to the convent
arriving to the convent
cute souvenir store at the exit of…
cute souvenir store at the exit o…
Sta Rosa statue
Sta Rosa statue
the arches at the convent
the arches at the convent
the chapel at the convent
the chapel at the convent
the furthest away I could go in th…
the furthest away I could go in t…
artichoke fields
artichoke fields
potato fields
potato fields
nice view of Mantaro Valley
nice view of Mantaro Valley
the Mantaro Valley
the Mantaro Valley
left overs
left overs
this was my plate just tamal and l…
this was my plate just tamal and …
this is the name of the village: S…
this is the name of the village: …
Concepcion Sights & Attractions review
Nice convent, check the time table - Santa Rosa Convent
I can't say much about this place, since I wasn't able to go inside... check the time tables before going!!! anyway, the little I could see was nic… read entire review
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photo by: yadilitta