The San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

This will be my last blog post for Karikuy (sob), as tomorrow I am leaving Lima to go to Cusco, where I will trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – can’t wait! But before I go, I must tell you all about our trip to the San Francisco Monastery and catacombs, right here in central Lima.  The monastery was built in the 1600s, and was  the home of monks of the Franciscan Order. These days it is open to the public. [Continue reading…]

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Lose Yourself in Paucartambo

I was completely lost. Not directionally lost (it would be an accomplishment for even me to lose my bearings in a three-street town), I was lost in the chaos, the madness, the anything-goes that is the Virgen del Carmen Festival. I dug into my homework research to make some sense out of it all, but nope, textbook knowledge doesn’t apply today in Paucartambo. [Continue reading…]

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