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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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Frozen Juanita

There a lot of aspects to this museum and the introductory movie that are interesting. Be aware there can be a wait before the tour starts with the movie and bags are required to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

There a lot of aspects to this museum and the introductory movie that are interesting. Be aware there can be a wait before the tour starts with the movie and bags are required to be checked. Juanita was sacrificed to please the gods during a volcanic eruption and she was only discovered once that same volcano became active enough to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The museum is tucked away off a main street just off the Cathedral square. You need to pre-book a visit for the language that you require. The visit starts with a 20 minute video outlining the Inca history and the story of Juanita - the 15 year old Inca princess who was found on a cold mountain, frozen in time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The tour starts with a very interesting documentary about Juanita and how they found her, with glimpses into the past (and how it might have been) interwoven. If you visit the museum after that, those images stay with you, and you picture this girl walking for two months to her glorious end. Despite the fact that it must have been... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We were recommended by other travelers and a hotel host to visit this museo in Arequipa. Fascinating story and info by National Geographic film and the artifacts that follow the story of finding the Inca sacrifice, Juanita, a young, Puno girl who traveled from Puno to Cusco and then to this high volcano at 6300m, a journey that took years.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for a quick visit and was quite impressed. Their collection is small but memorable, Juanita herself is quite incredible to see. They have guided tours availble in several different languages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This museum wasn't on our original itinerary, but because of a local protest in Arequipa we were bussed in a day earlier than planned and our tour organiser put this into the schedule. It was a terrific morning, and the discovery and story of "Juanita", the frozen body of a young Inca sacrifice, is fascinating. It's a "must see" in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We loved visiting the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Thought it would be too touristy, but this ended up being the highlight of our day!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It's not every day you get to see a frozen moment in history. They've done a great job of keeping her preserved. The tour is a bit rushed so not a lot of interactive dialogue but definitely well worth the s/20 plus tip just to admire the ice princess. The history behind her ritual death and discovery of other child... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A fascinating insight into the Inca culture of human sacrifice. The introductory video blended footage of the expedition to find the Ice Maiden with recreations of the journey (both physical and spiritual) that the Incas took. The guided tour through the various artefacts - from everyday clothes and sandals to offerings to the gods made from precious materials. All culminating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Honestly a bit baffled that this doesn't rank higher for Arequipa attractions! I loved this whole exhibition. I went to see Juanita, who I understand isn't always there. But I was struck far more by the detail and vividness of the whole museum - it really shines a light on Inca customs more than any other museum I went to... More 

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