Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa, Arica

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At Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa, come face to face with the oldest mummies ever discovered. Accessible by a dirt road in the middle of the baking Atacama Desert, the small university-run museum displays important exhibits. Tour the museum on your own with the help of a guide book, available in several languages. Find the famous Chincorro mummies, dating from between 7020 and 1500 BCE and believed to be the oldest in the world, and don't miss the petroglyph park, the museum's outdoor exhibit of indigenous stone carvings. See Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa and all Arica has to offer by arranging your trip with our Arica tour website .
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  • We visited this museum as part of a day tour on cruise ship stop in Arica, Chile. The highlight is a room that displays a selection of the oldest mummies in the world that predated the Egyptian golden...  more »
  • The oldest mummies of the world (+ 7000) are unfortunately not really good issued label is only a guide, therefore, is Spanish very helpful, the exhibition is rather small and in a few minutes they saw all the exhibits if then also all are accessible - was with us in the Closed December unfortunately a part
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  • Very interesting visit to the Pavilion of the mummies chinchorro, the rest almost nothing and zero history of the Azapa Valley. Poor culturally.
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  • This is a nice little museum not too far away from Arica. It's a little difficult to get too as the only major sign points as a dirt road, it's a billboard just before you enter town (if coming from the direction of Arica). The center itself is well kept and the museum that houses the mummies does a good job of showcasing and educating without being overwhelming. Allocate 45 minutes to see everything on display. Note: some of these mummies are on display at the Pre-Colombian Museum in Santiago so if you miss them here make sure you see them there.
  • Good museum with interesting pieces, various still under study, with great references of places in actual Arica. Matches all accessibility requirements on google. Downside is, audio guide is SOLD apart from entry ticket (which cost $2000, about US$3) when in other museums like colon 10 (same university) is offered for free. Sunblock is mandatory and I would recommend bring a bottle of water, there are no stores close and sun heat is high.
  • Excellent space for the community. Much is currently under refurbishment, which have access to few things, yet the Pavilion of the mummies chinchorro worth completely. The Museum gardens are also a nice space to share and to sit and enjoy this little oasis.
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  • It is a great anthropological attraction. Within the activities of the North of Chile, this was always a great sign, even far superior the of the Museum you Paige from San Pedro de Atacama. For those who don't like both by the mummies, or the history of pre-Columbian peoples, this can be a place not indicated.
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  • shows part of the development of the chinchorro culture... very well taken by the University of Tarapacá... great contribution to the culture of arica and the world
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The city of Arica primarily attracts visitors because of its beaches, although some also pass through on their way to or from other regional destinations. Beachgoers and adventurers alike will find suitable places to stay in Arica. Along the coast, choose from resort-style lodgings and pristine high-rise hotels, jutting out from the main coastal roads. The town center provides hotels and guesthouses ranging from simple to luxurious, with grander options lining the main boulevards and simpler fare dotted along the side streets. For onward travel connections, consider staying by the station or the Pan-American Highway.
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