City Tour, Santa Catalina Convent and Juanita Mummy (AQP H104)
Your half day sightseeing of this beautiful city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the colonial period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina, The Main Square is bordered by various arched walkways and the Cathedral, it showcase a beautiful bronze fountain of three plates crowned by the figure of a sixteenth century soldier. Around the square, you see three granite portals with brick and lime bases.
The Santa Catalina Convent is called "a city within a city", a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plaza, it is a masterpiece of colonial architecture, and houses some of the finest examples of Spanish American religious art. Since 1970 visitors have been able to stroll through the streets and cloisters that during colonial times were the refuge of female nobility who had decided to isolate from the world and dedicate entirely to prayer.Continue to the "Museo Santuarios Andinos" to visit the exhibit La Dama de Ampato (the Lady of Ampato), an Inca mummy of a twelve to fourteen-year-old girl found at the top of the Ampato volcano. According to the specialists, it is very likely that the girl, whose remains were found frozen, died from a blow to the temple from a five-pointed granite mace. Archaeologists believe she was taken to a religious complex on the Nevado Ampato volcano for a ritual sacrifice to appease Inca gods. Before the killing, she may have fasted and taken drugs or an intoxicating drink. Exhibit is May to December only. (4h)