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Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries)

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Address: Santa Catalina 110, Arequipa, Peru
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+51 54 200345
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This museum’s main attraction is Juanita, whose ritually sacrificed and...

This museum’s main attraction is Juanita, whose ritually sacrificed and frozen body was unearthed in a volcanic explosion. This young girl’s miraculously preserved DNA has provided priceless insight into the Inca civilization.

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A small gem with incredible exhibits

This is a two part museum. First is a fascinating documentary that combines the finding of the mummies and the rituals that produced them. It was easy to get caught up in the... read more

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a two part museum. First is a fascinating documentary that combines the finding of the mummies and the rituals that produced them. It was easy to get caught up in the drama of climbing the mountain at 12 years old in order to be sacrificed. The rest of the exhibit is led by a well-informed guide who is... More 

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The visit starts with a short film about the story of the frozen ice maiden and how she came to be found ritually buried on the top of a 20000 ft volcano. It's a truly amazing story and the film draws you into this fascinating journey that she made to her death. After that you see the artefacts that were... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a fascinating journey into the rituals of the Incas and the discoveries that continue to be made in the remote Peruvian landscape. The chance to see this frozen 'mummy' so well preserved was interesting and informative. Really well done

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend visiting this museum for some fascinating insights to the Inca's. Juanita was on display which was amazing to see. The 20 min video is excellent as well to give you a perspective of what the pilgrimage would have been for Juanita before her sacrifice.

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight of this exhibit is Jauanita, the frozen ice girl. I had read about her discovery in National Georgraphic so for me it is facsinating to have a story I had read about come to life. the tour was informative.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the guided tour in English. It started with a 20 minutes documentary movie. The tour itself was nice, the guide explained most of the exhibit and answered all our questions. But it felt a little as if we were rushed through the exhibition. All in all it is worth a visit as the entrance fee is quite low,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum tells the story of Juanita whose mummified body was discovered when the Andean ice started to melt. She was an Inca sacrifice. It sounds a bit gruesome but it is really fascinating!!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This collection of burial site artefacts and human remains is remarkable. It contains well preserved human remains and artefacts from the Inca period. There is a video initially explaining the excavation which sets the scene and then a guided tour of the exhibit. It gives a fascinating explanation of the burial rituals and extrapolates to the culture of the inca.... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see. This beautiful old building is set back from Plaza del Armes and is surrounded be a high brick wall. The architecture is beautiful. You should allow around 90 - 120 minutes to see the whole site

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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Its a nice and small site, centrally located with very good information about human sacrifice in the inca era. A bit spooky as you are ending the tour looking at the mummy which is the main attraction of the museum. Unfortunately for us visiting in April, the mummy was tranferred to US for maintenance, something that happens every year between... More 

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