Wandering around Arequipa

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Santa Catalina monastary

Today was the day to plan a bit of pain for ourselves. Trekking in Colca Canyon. We chatted to a couple of agencies and settled for one of the more reputable ones, Colca Trek. Colca is the second deepest canyon in world at 3,191m. The deepest is also in Peru about 100km away and 163m deeper – big deal.

 

Then in for a wander around the Santa Catalina monastery (they call it a monastery but it is actually a nunnery). Incidentally, in Peru, all the  people call Kat Catalina, so now we understand why. Also, with my surname ending in a “LL” this is pronounced “y”. Interesting. Santa Catalina in beautiful. It dates back to the 1580’s and you actually walk through a lot of the old sections and rooms. There is still a large working section where the nuns still stay. The different sections are painted in vibrant blues, reds and oranges.

 

For lunch we stopped in at a little tourist trap restaurant on a rooftop in a pedestrian walkway. I had one of the local specialities – a stuffed pepper with cheese and various other things. Quite warm. Apparently they like to laugh at tourists eating it here, but it is not actually that hot.

 

We spent the afternoon getting a couple of last minute things and arranging our bus trip to Puno before supper.
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Santa Catalina monastary
Santa Catalina monastary
Monastary phoon
Monastary phoon
More Santa Catalina
More Santa Catalina
Rooftop with pan flute
Rooftop with pan flute
Plaza
Plaza
Arequipa
photo by: halilee