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Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries)

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Address: Santa Catalina 110, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: 054/200-345
Description: 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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Small Museum, but a Must See!

This is a small museum, and the entire experience takes just over an hour. Start with the story of the Inca princess Juanita, whose frozen remains were found in the 1990s on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is a small museum, and the entire experience takes just over an hour. Start with the story of the Inca princess Juanita, whose frozen remains were found in the 1990s on a glacier near the top of a local volcano. There is a National Geographic 25 minute movie in your language which was riveting, the story of the expedition... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

As you may know by now, Juanita is not always on display (in her absence they have another ice mummy which is really fascinating). I actually didn't know this when visiting, and was initially a bit disappointed and reluctant to do the tour when I found this out. However, as this is one of the main attractions in Arequipa I... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This museo in Arequipa is so nicely done, great displays, excellent tour in English. You really get the feel of reverence for the sites discovered, and artifacts, and get to see the frozen girl.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

It's a rather small museum and only open to guided tours. The tour guides I believe are archaeology students from the local university. Tours are given in Spanish, English, and I believe German, French, Italian, and Japanese as well. In fact, Juanita is a big attraction for Japanese tourists apparently. Tours last about 45 minutes including a short film in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Exactly as described in the lonely planet guide. However the museum cannot be viewed without a guide. The guide spoke perfect English and was able to answer all our questions. Unfortunately the main Ice Maiden was at the laboratory so a different knew was on display.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If Juanita is not in the museum(like was in our case) its really not worth it...All you see is a brief video followed by a guide tour around the museum...really not worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It seems that the main reason people visit this museum is to see Juanita - but she's not there for 6 months of the year. We did see another mummy and were more than pleased with the video, general tour and the displays or artefacts found from various sacrificial areas.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

this museum is quite interesting, bring a jacket cos it's cold too, there is a nice video at the beginning of the visit which shows you how inka used to live and the ceremony of the sacrifice. there are two mommies inside the mueum, the most famous is Juanita, a 12 years old girl, sacrificed in 1500 to the gods... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is the museum where mummy Juanita is/was. The very complete mummy of a young girl. She had been temporarily replaced with another one, but it is all about the story as well. The guides are not that interested when you pay at the beginning and you need to leave your bag and phone in a small safe (make sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

The museum is small, the film is necessary prior to taking a guided tour to explain the limited number of exhibits and Inca culture at the time..

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