La Posada del Monasterio
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Our day today was spent downtown visiting the Santa Catalina Monastery. It has a reputation of being a City within the City and it certainly was big and interesting. Founded in 1579 as a Dominican order it catered to rich and famous families that wanted their daughter to become a Nun. Cost of entry? Equivalent to today - $150,000.
Ate at another Peruvian Restaurant - Chile Reyano that was extra spicy and headed back to sleep
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The hills on the outskirts of Peru are covered with shanty towns. People come from outside Peru, find a spot in the desert, stick a flag in the dirt to claim it as theirs. Soon 100s of others do the same, pretty soon you have a town, the government builds roads, brings water and electricity, and you have a new subdivision. ...
... Armas is dominated by the cathedral, with arcades running round the rest of the square with balconies above and a lovely park in the centre busy with everyday life.
There are several churches with fabulous carved doorways and cloisters in a local Baroque meets mestizo style like Iglesia San Domingo which has an Indian ...
... and super creepy.
The next day I went to Colca Canyon. Starting at 2:30am, my tour went 3 hours out to Colca valley were we visited the local villages. It just so happened that it was the holy day of Saint Anthony of Padua, so the streets and churches were filled with processions and marching bands. Making my way farther up, I ended up in Colca Canyon, in the famous Condor lookout. ...
... you in a mug, i'm sure this hasn't been washed from the last customer, but oh well. This very small town is probably the most unlikely place to find an Irish bar, yet here there are two. However, I wouldn't say they were very Irish scenes as the owners didn't speak any English, and their idea of making it Irish were a few orange, green and white decorations. One of the most memorable meals I had was here in this small town, and not because ...