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Museo Santuarios Andinos, Arequipa

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History Museum Museum
Museo Santuarios Andinos is famous for its collection of Incan ice mummies, including a 600-year-old frozen body of a young girl called Juanita. Start your visit with the film about this discovery and the history of the Incan child sacrifices to the mountain gods. Then, browse the exhibits of pottery, jewelry, textiles, and figurines, which were buried along with the mummies as funeral offerings. Exhibited in a refrigerated glass case in the last room, Juanita's body undergoes restoration every year, while another mummy takes her place. Plan your visit to Museo Santuarios Andinos and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Arequipa itinerary builder.
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  • Juanita is not shown to the public. The other mummies are basically a block of ice, to be seen in very dark conditions, which meant for me, not see anything. That's it. No worthy.  more »
  • Museum detailing the funding of the body of a 12 year old in a girl in the mountains. Still a mystery how they brought her so high in the mountain.  more »
  • I liked the museum and artefacts, the guide gave a brief explanation about the most imprtant things but I was a bit disappointed by Juanita itself. You can hardly see any details, she was partly cover...  more »
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  • Most famous child mummy is on display here 8 months during a year. Her name was Juanita called ice a maiden (apparently due her frozen state when found) and was sacrificed (and probably lived her whole life with the knowledge that she will be sacrificed) to the Gods. She was sedated and hit in the head during sacrifice which is said to be as painless as possible. She wore veil and tunic that marked her coming from well off family. She had to climb the mountain on her way to her death. So tragic!
  • Very interesting and educational experience. In some ways it's difficult to process the old ways and how barbaric it was. But it's all history now.
  • Very interesting museum dedicated to sacrificed children on the mountain. The movie is worthwhile to get a good impression. No pictures allowed.
  • Educational and interesting. Might be a bit expensive, as others stated, but worth the money.
  • Great to see and learn more about Juanita. You have to pay for a guide and entrance, which is a bit expensive