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Saint Teresa & Recoleta Monasteries, Juanita Mummy

Highlights / General details

Santa Teresa Monastery, Juanita Mummy, and Franciscan Recoleta.


Hotel Pickup; Private Guided Tour; Entrance Tickets.



Hours of operation

Available: Daily; Departs at 9:00am.


Approximately 4 hours.


Please be ready 15 minutes earlier at hotel’s lobby. We ask our clients to be ready with time, because your pick up will depend on the location of your hotel, so take the departure time as referential for 15 minutes more or less.


Transfer from the hotel in Arequipa to begin your half day visit, passing by the Santa Teresa Monastery, also known as Carmen Monastery. The first stone was put in 1700, but was completed in 1710. The monastery keeps almost intact its colonial architecture. Inside the temple stands a beautiful stone baptismal font. The altar is made of embossed silver, Plateresque. The wonderful carved wooden pulpit is from the eighteenth century. In the sacristy there are beautiful paintings, such as "The Mercy" and "St. Teresa of Jesus," the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.

You will also visit the Juanita Mummy, discovered on September 8, 1995 by the anthropologist Dr. Johan Reinhard. Juanita was a beautiful girl of the Ampato volcano, whose altitude is 6380 m. approx. It housed in its womb for about 500 years or more. A beautiful Inca girl who at the time of death must be 13 or 14 years old, and it was at that age, when she was offered up to the Ampato Apu by the Incas priests and laid bare by the eruption of Volcano as a sacrifice. Continuing the route, we’ll see Next to the Rio Chili, where you’ll see the Franciscan convent “La Recoleta”. The original building dates from 1648 and was totally reconstructed after the earthquake of 1687. Inside there is a library of more than a 20.000 books and at the rear of the convent is a small Amazonian Museum, displaying handmade works of the tribes of the jungle and beautiful specimens of wild fauna. There is a mold fossil human skull, with a probable antiquity of half a million years old, one of the highlights is the most precious jewel of painting recoletana: a true picture of Van Dyck representing the "Descent from the Cross." In this Cloister is the Pinacotec, where you can admire old choir books of parchment, with Gregorian salmondias.

At the end of your visit, you will be taken to the hotel.

Participant restrictions

Child Price applies for Children up to 9 years old, with 2 adults minimum.


Guest is required to call our headquarters at least 48 hours ahead of the tour date to confirm their hotel information for pick up.

This City tour can be modified into and Accessible Tour, upon request.

Tours may be cancelled if the weather makes the tour dangerous. In this case, if we are unable to reschedule the tour, we will issue a full credit or refund.

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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