I really enjoyed La Recoleccion. No guide, no "this way" signs, just massive chunks of masonery and remains of the complex. Use your imagination and picture what it might have looked like in it's glory, and what it took to bring it down. At first I tought it will be average place to see but I quickly changed my mind. There is very little history on that complex. The cloisters, library, and infirmary were completed in 1708. The church was inaugurated on May 23, 1717. A few months later earthquakes damaged the church and the cloisters, again about 50 yrs later and devastating earthquakes in 1773 brought the complex to the ruins. Further demolition was man-made, remnants were used as stable, soap factory, and as a sport complex. Today the place seems to be a ut spot for make out sessions -nothing obscene though.We run into several of them, as well as a young family on a picnic.
The ruins are gated and surrounded by a park. It is a pleasant place away from dusty town, Located on the far west side behind market and the bus station. If you don't like walking, tuk-tuk will take you there. Admission costs about $8 for tourists, have cash.
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