The floating islands of Uros

Posted 20/03/13 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

This group of artificial islands, which number ranges between 40 and 50, is located off the Bay of Puno, about 6 kilometers from the city. These floating islands built with totoras or rushes that are born in the Titicaca and over which stand the different living spaces: bedrooms, schools, stores, etc.. The islands are anchored… Read more »

Lampa, the pink city

Posted 10/01/13 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

The tiny town of Lampa is located about 25 kilometers from Juliaca, inside Puno´s highlands. The Santiago Apostol Church, built in stone is one of the most important buildings of the city. Inside this church there is an identical replica of Michelangelo´s la pieta, capping a stunning black marble mausoleum of Mr. Torres Bellón, who… Read more »

Iglesia de la Compañía

Posted 08/11/12 by & filed under Blog, Monumentos e Historia.

In one corner of the main square stands a beautiful baroque style church built by the Jesuits. This temple that took 100 years to be built is the epitome of Arequipa architectural style and is one of the most beautiful churches of the city. It was began to raise in 1578, but an earthquake destroyed… Read more »

Kuchuhuasi Chapel

Posted 28/06/12 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

On the Interoceanic Highway, that leads to the rainforest of Madre de Dios, there is a small town that hides a religious gem. A small chapel made of mud and thatched roof dedicated to the Virgen de la Natividad. The chapel has 235 years old, and only has a single tower. Next to its entry,… Read more »

Monastery of Santa Catalina

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Its full name is the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena of Arequipa. It is the only monastery in the whole world within which stands a citadel, whose streets are called by Spanish cities. Founded in the mid-sixteenth century by the Viceroy Francisco Toledo. The first prioress was the rich young Maria de Guzman, who… Read more »

The archaeological site of Patallaqta

Posted 30/05/12 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

Patallaqta is located at kilometer 88 of the railway linking Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu. Patallaqta has a semicircle form and is raised next to a huge mountain. Patallacta is located on the edge of Urubamba River, at the beginning of the Inca Trail. It is part of a group of very rich archaeological sites, such as… Read more »

Arequipa´s Cathedral

Posted 15/05/12 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

Built in the sixteenth century, Arequipa´s Cathedral had a history full of ups and downs and other issues related to the earthquakes and fires that suffered over the centuries. Like many other monuments in the city, is built with “sillar” stone of volcanic origin and their style is Renaissance with Gothic influence, with a long… Read more »

Sabandia Mill

Posted 16/03/12 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

It is located 8 km from downtown Arequipa. Built with sillar, a volcanic white rock, in 1621 by Francisco Flores and then restored in 1973 by the Banco Central Hipotecario. It is one of the main tourist destinations in urban Arequipa. It is set in the middle of a vast agricultural valley. The mill used… Read more »