This tour concentrates on the beautiful Santa Catalina Convent, a walled colonial town within a city. Opened to the public in 1970 after 4 centuries of secrecy, the remaining nuns have moved to a private corner of the convent allowing visitors to wander through the peaceful cobbled streets.
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
A historical building dating back to 1794 containing a small chapel, museum, inner courtyard and former home to the Casa de la Moneda (Mint House) is now home to the newest hotel in the Casa Andina Private Collection chain.
Meticulously restored after more than a century of neglect, the hotel features high vaulted ceilings, 2 colonial courtyards, and an elegant restaurant "Cocina Viva". The lengthy restoration unearthed numerous surprises, including original frescoes, reliefs, and even a chapel long hidden from view. There are just 41 rooms located around the two courtyards. The Senior and Imperial Suites, full of historic character, occupy the original colonial manor house, while Superior and Traditional Rooms and normal Suites are located across 4 floors of a newly but sensitively designed modern wing of the hotel, off the second colonial patio and with easy access to the terrace.
The hotel is beautifully illuminated at night and is in the heart of Arequipa’s historic quarter, just around the corner from the Santa Catalina Convent and only 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.