Photo of the Week: Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa image

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Santa Catalina Monastery is one of the highlights of Arequipa in southern Peru. The over 20,000 square meter convent dates back 400 years and is a city within a city.

It’s a wonderful place to explore with brightly coloured buildings, narrow streets, pretty plazas and the original cells of the nuns. We loved the profusion of geraniums in this plaza.

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    • Yes it is. The majprity part that is open to visitors isn’t still working but there are a small number of nuns in another part that you can’t visit. I think they make cakes for the cafe!


  1. I love your weekly photos. The colors in this are just gorgeous! I wonder if they planned on growing flowers to match the monastery or if that’s just a happy coincidence.


    • Hopefully! It’s a beautiful place. I would recommend taking a book or journal and making the most of the steep ($10) entrance fee by chilling out in the cafe or one of the plazas. We found some comfy seats by the old laundry area. It’s a lovely, quiet place to relax.


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