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Santa Catalina Monastery (Monasterio de Santa Catalina)
Santa Catalina Monastery (Monasterio de Santa Catalina)

Santa Catalina Monastery (Monasterio de Santa Catalina)

Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Peru

The Basics

Travelers can explore Santa Catalina Monastery independently or as part of a guided tour, which provides an easy way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the sprawling complex. Walking tours that also cover the entire historic center of Arequipa give visitors access to parts of the Old Town that are unreachable by coach or car, while express sightseeing tours by shared or private vehicle are a popular choice for visitors with limited time in the White City (La Ciudad Blanca).

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Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery
Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery
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$59.00 per adult
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Great tour
We really enjoyed the tour. We learned a ton of interesting information and saw a beautiful part of Arequipa history
Martin_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Arequipa

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Rina_P, Jul 2022
Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Arequipa is a beautiful city, we are so glad we were able to spend a few days here!
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Arequipa Santa Catalina monastery
David_H, Feb 2022
Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery
Visiting the Santa Catalina monastery was fascinating. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made the monastery come alive in the mind which was interesting and shocking.
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Highly Recommended
Mary, Feb 2020
Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery
The guide was excellent, lively, interesting and spoke very good English. The tour was packed with information presented in a clear manner. The guide gave me another English translator for Santa Catalina so I had my own gilded tour for the Monastery. Overall, excellent.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Santa Catalina Monastery is mostly open-air, so be sure to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

  • The cloister is still inhabited by nuns, so be mindful of noise and dress appropriately during your time at the monastery.

  • You can hire a personal guide at the entrance of the monastery for a small fee.

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How to Get There

Located on a street of the same name, Santa Catalina Monastery is a 5- to 10-minute walk from Plaza de Armas and easily recognizable due to its burnt-orange walls made from sillar, a white volcanic rock that dominates the architecture of Arequipa.

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When to Get There

The monastery is open daily from around 9am to 5pm, with last entry one hour before closing time. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the convent remains open until 7:30pm, nuns takes visitors on a tour of the cloisters by candlelight, just as they would have done hundreds of years ago.

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The Highlights of Santa Catalina Monastery

If you’re exploring Santa Catalina Monastery alone and want to avoid getting lost in the labyrinthine cloisters, aim to focus on the three main cloisters. Inhale the fragrant scent of the Orange Cloister, named for the orange trees that represent eternal life; imagine taking a 4-year vow of silence in the novice cloister; and peek into the Profundis Room, where portraits of deceased nuns line the walls.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Santa Catalina Monastery (Monasterio de Santa Catalina)?
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Attractions near Santa Catalina Monastery (Monasterio de Santa Catalina):
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What else should I know about attractions in Arequipa?
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As well as visiting the Santa Catalina Monastery (Monasterio de Santa Catalina), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: