We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Convento de Santa Catalina

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Calle Santa Catalina Angosta 401, Cusco, Peru
Phone Number:
+51 84 226032

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 154 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 13
  • 13
    Very good
  • 4
  • 0
  • 0
Stunning color and wonderful history

Wonderful afternoon spent at the Monasterio Santa Catalina. Such a rich history and beautiful architecture. We hired one of the guides inside the Convent, highly recommended for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 February 2017
Manuel M
Add Photo Write a Review

154 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 30: English reviews
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Wonderful afternoon spent at the Monasterio Santa Catalina. Such a rich history and beautiful architecture. We hired one of the guides inside the Convent, highly recommended for the history and context. This is a must stop in Arequipa, which is itself such a wonderful city to visit.

Thank Manuel M
Laguna Niguel, California
Level Contributor
170 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

My Family enjoyed a self-guided tour here on a rainy day. This is a beautiful structure to take photos and the experience was very educational. Great Place to visit when in Cusco.

Thank Cynthia G
Sioux Falls, SD
Level Contributor
22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I found Convento de Santa to be a very interesting tour for history and the architecture of this massive structure in Cusco. The history presented was just average in content.

Thank DKM44
Wassenaar, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
225 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

When you are in Cusco you have to make choises to see and feel the history. But do not miss this. The overwhelming massive structure and the art is worth to make a visit

Thank Macaw2109
Black Creek, Canada
Level Contributor
52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The walk around the convent with the guide was educational and interesting. The convent is somewhat shabby but interesting nonetheless.

Thank teamturtledmdm
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I enjoyed this self-guided tour of the convent on a Sunday afternoon. It was s/10 per person, very reasonable. We spent about 45 minutes. Very nice displays of the handiwork and life of one who lived there. There is a small gallery of paintings at the end of the tour which is very nice. No photography is... More 

Thank Kerry J
Tickhill, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Combines both inca ruins and convent in one location, interesting to see the building techniques used by the incas

Thank mandsTickhill
Munich, Germany
Level Contributor
35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Cusco has *a lot* of Catholic sites, and I get "cathedraled out" quite quickly, so I limited myself to this site (since it seemed different) and Santo Domingo. While you can't visit the nunnery itself, you can visit the museum that documents how nuns lived and were trained in the past. It's very interesting and definitely different. In addition to... More 

Thank adm80
Oud-Zuilen, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
143 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Actually, the Convento de Santa Santa Catalina can't be visited, because it is closed for the nuns who are living there. However the convent has a museum where you can see how the nuns were living in the past. That is very interesting. The places where they slept, without any privacy except a curtain, and also the places where they... More 

Thank AB_Stb_OZ
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We popped in thinking this was just another church and were pleasantly surprised to discover a window into the world of cloistered my nubs in colonial Cusco. Be sure to ask about the ropes over the novices beds. And ask about discipline of local Peruvian children.

Thank nycdoyle

Travellers who viewed Convento de Santa Catalina also viewed


Been to Convento de Santa Catalina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Convento de Santa Catalina and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Convento de Santa Catalina staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?