Opulence and Religion at Santa Catalina Monastery

On our last full day in Arequipa, we decided to spend the morning exploring one of the city’s best known attractions, the Santa Catalina Monastery.  Flanked by high walls and taking up the equivalent of several city blocks, the monastery appeared pretty unassuming from the outside, but upon setting foot inside, it was as if…

Exploring (and being locked out of) Cusco

After 4 sleepless hours in the Lima airport and a super early flight to Cusco, we finally landed in our final destination at 7:15am.  First order of business: get to the hotel for a shower and real bed.  After nearly another disaster situation with our taxi driver, who tried dropping us off at a Kokopelli…