DRUG mules Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid are in brilliant health in a modern, well-equipped prison, an Irish priest has said.
Fr Maurice Foley visited the pair last Saturday where he found them sitting under a parasol in a yard in the jail, drinking coffee and making phonecalls.
"(They are) brilliant. Very, very well," he said.
"They weren't in a cell. They were out in a wide open space sitting at a table with a parasol, they were talking and drinking coffee.
"As well as that they had telephone communication and they could use it for calling home.
"I thought they were in great form actually."
Fr Foley, who had to wait a month to be allowed in to visit the young women because of a flu outbreak in the prison, said the pair can sit out all day every day and make as many calls as they wish, so long as they have money to cover it.
Last week, Michaella (20), from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, and co-accused Ms Reid (20), from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to drug smuggling when they appeared before a judge.
But prosecutors demanded more information before accepting their admissions of guilt, which the women hope will bring their jail time down to six years and eight months.
Yesterday the two young women made another court appearance at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, where they were engaged in a long legal hearing, which stretched late into last night.
They were moved to the modern jail after spending time in the harsh Virgen de Fatima Prison in Lima.
Fr Foley said he did not speak to the pair about their legal case.
But he said that he took Michaella to one side during the visit and advised her that she should not expect to secure a sentence as low as one year.
The priest said he expected a seven-year sentence, which could be reduced at a later stage.
He said Michaella was very emotional when the priest warned her about the jail sentence.
The priest said local media reports had not done the women any favours, with stories saying that they had "behaved badly" in Ibiza and were then sent to Peru to act as mules.
"My firm belief is that they were conned, they were backed into a compromising situation," he added.
The women initially claimed they were kidnapped, held at gunpoint and forced to board a flight from Lima to Spain with 24lbs of cocaine in food packets hidden inside their luggage when they were arrested.