Hidden colonial treasures,  Jesuit Missions in Nasca (Ica-Peru)

Going on our “off-road” adventure, my husband and I reached two old towns in the province of Nasca, San Jose, and San Javier. In this today’s post, I’m sharing with you all their most beloved and also hidden treasures: their colonial churches, a local top secret!.

These treasures have survived not only earthquakes and the passing of decades, as well the indifference of mayors and all kinds of authorities of the region, the only people really interested in keeping this jewels are the locals, they are always happy to see tourists around , but despite their excitement and kind treatment to visitors (that they call in a friendly way Gringos) you can tell that really few come to visit them… the kind man that lives near the San Javier Church has a big mango tree and loves the share his fruits with anyone that takes some minutes of their journey to spare visiting their beloved church.

If you are on the Panamerican highway (about the km 415) on your way to the Nasca lines or returning to Lima, and you have some time to kill, come to visit this place, the locals are really nice and if you are lucky they will greet you with fresh fruits from taken from their backyards and big smiles….not sure yet to go? Please, check on this pictures before you say no (this full-size picture will help you to see the details in the decoration of such structures that now are in the middle of the dessert):

San Jose Church:

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San Javier:

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True treasures from colonial times, and great detour on your way to or from Ica – Peru.

Photo credits: Vanessa Vasquez

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