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Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries)

Address: Santa Catalina 110, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: 054/200-345
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Ranked #12 of 37 Attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum’s main attraction is Juanita, whose ritually sacrificed and frozen body was unearthed...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Highlight of my visit to Arequipa! I loved everything about my visit to see Juanita. Great video introducing the Incan history and culture, how Juanita was discovered, and what they have learned from her. The actual Juanita mummy is extremely well preserved, and the museum has knowledgable and enthusiastic tour guides guiding you through and answering your questions. You only... More 

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Hudson, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It was very interesting and sad to learn about the findings of this young girl "Juanita" and how they have a better understanding that the Incas used to give "the best and more pure" children to the "gods" - they did this to make them happy so the volcanoes would not erupt, the weather would help their crops.... so the... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Its a small place just two blocks away from downtown. Totally worth the hour-tour to see Juanita. You will learn so much and you have a video before entering the museum made by Nation Geographic. Totally cool!

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A very interesting museum where you learn about the Andean culture and a very special girl called Juanita. At the museum try not bring many bags which is kind of hard when you're a tourist because you'll have to check them in. In the museum you'll learn about the discovery of Juanita and her very special sacrifice. Recognize that museum... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

After viewing a comprehensive film produced by National Geographic, excellent guides take you through the exhibits. the amazing story of Juanita, the frozen Inca maiden is worth the trip. Additional information and displays are all impressive.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

had a great guided visit thru this museum. Our guide brought it alive. we watched a documentry for 20 min before touring the museum and the story of the human sacrifice and the well preserved ice maiden was haunting MUST DO sight

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lima
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Yes, this museum is small and needs improvement but the story of Juanita is fascinating. Even the old video they make you watch before the tour is worth watching. Si eres Peruano, espera a formar un grupo de 4 personas y pagas una miseria. Nosotros nos juntamos con otros y valio la pena. You cannot take food, cellphones or cameras... More 

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Magog, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We rarely use guides as we are slower than average and prefer to go at our pace rather than someone else's. They would not allow us to visit without using a guide.

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canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Hefty price for a very small museum. Poor visual quality film. Small rooms equate to echo chambers with 2 guides trying to be heard over each other. Our guide had heavily accented English and that combined with echoes and competing guides meant we received virtually no information. There is no cheap or otherwise pamphlet available to provide information and the... More 

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Aberdeen, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I had heard about this museum, so I made sure that my husband and I visited on our recent trip to PERU. I am certainly glad that we did. Rather than go with our regular scheduled tour guide, my husband and I split from the group, and ventured to this museum. I really wasn't expecting much, as the museum looks... More 

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