Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa
Once you pay the entrance fee and enter the convent, you can hire a guide to take you on a personal tour of the museum which takes about an hour. The price can vary depending on how many are in your group (we had 5 people) and is reasonably priced. It’s a great way to see and learn about the convent and the historical items is houses. Once the tour is over, you can continue to explore the museum on your own until closing time.
After the tour we spent just over another hour exploring the museum, it’s art, gardens and many rooms. You definitely need a few hours to do the tour and explore on your own.
One of the first things you will notice once inside are the amazing colours of the buildings.
Also there are gardens throughout the convent, like the ones below.
As you walk around the covered walkways which border courtyards, look up to see the beautiful paintings on the walls.
You are able to view some of the old living and cooking quarters.
There is a beautifully manicured garden that you need to spend time in.
Go Up to the Lookout for Views of Arequipa
When you get to this courtyard find the steps that lead up to the top of this building. Because you are reasonably high, you will get uninterrupted 360 degree views of Arequipa.