Museo Santuarios Andinos, Arequipa

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Museo Santuarios Andinos and many more Arequipa attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Arequipa trip planner.
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  • October 6, 2017
    A guided visit to this museum is a must if you wish to see the mummified remains of Juanita. It's not expensive, but there is a suggestion you should also tip the guide. There is a very informative-al...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    You'll find antiques in a quiet, clean and safe place, it is worth visiting it, there are many places like this in the Centre of Arequipa, advantage visit them
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    I enjoyed this museum as it gave a fantastic insight into Incan life, and the tour guide spoke excellent English and was able to answer a lot of our questions. However, we had gone there specifically ...  more »
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  • July 18, 2017
    From historical perspective this place is simply amazing and that your back time when the incas ruled and believe in ancient gods and divinities. Juanita is not a mummy, but a sacrificed of young noble maiden to the volcano gods. She is preserved over the centuries as the volcano stop after the sacrifice and the area is maintained in a frozen state until recent volcanic activity and melting of the ice cap. The historical value of the artefacts and insights onto the past are worth the visit, tour guides are multilingual very helpful and knowledgeable. Strongly recommend it, as the exhibit is well presented and managed.
  • February 20, 2017
    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!
  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • January 9, 2017
    Very interesting museum dedicated to sacrificed children on the mountain. The movie is worthwhile to get a good impression. No pictures allowed.
  • August 25, 2016
    Educational and interesting. Might be a bit expensive, as others stated, but worth the money.

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