Dying to Visit the Catacombs

I am one of those people that seems to have a talent for getting sick whenever I arrive in a foreign country. The sudden relaxation that comes with a vacation is apparently reason enough for my body to unleash the pent-up viruses that I’d been harboring over exam season. So considering that I already felt like death, a visit to the bone-yard housed in the San Francisco Catacombs seemed like an appropriate outing. Read more..

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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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The Monastery of San Francisco

If there is one thing I loathe about travelling, which obviously is next to nothing,  it would be the dreaded concept of a guided tour. I have never been one to follow the beaten path nor do I admire the idea of being herded like cattle through rooms of antiques by someone who is reciting a script. Nevertheless, today I swallowed my pride and inhibitions and followed the cargo-pant-tourist-train to the Monasterio de San Francisco. I have to admit the tour did not disappoint as my fellow volunteers and I perused our way through a series of dusty crypts and corridors lined with countless creepy pits of sorted human remains and mounds of skulls echoing with the memory of the past. In other words… I highly recommend this tour. [Continue reading…]

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