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Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries)

Santa Catalina 110, Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #13 of 35 attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: The museum can be difficult to find at first. Even many locals and police are unaware of its existence. You might ask a street vendor to direct you... more »
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

The museum is interesting, the child mummy is well preserved and worth seeing. The artefacts are nice even though in small quantities. However 20 Soles plus obligatory tip for the guide is too expensive.

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Informative but a bit monotonous and lifeless, yet one can't avoid having a guide for visiting the museum. There is no other way to get in. Unfortunately you can't even buy good photos or postcards of Juanite despite the prohition of taking your own photos. They sell only one type of postcard of not the best quality and a children's... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

There are many rules for this museum: No cell phones, purses, backpacks, cameras. I had to check my purse at the front; if we had known this requirement, we would have left it at the hotel. Also, the rooms are quite chilly, so they suggest a sweater. Even with the stipulations, this is a "must-see" in my opinion. It starts... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were tentative about visiting this museum after reading the reviews. We thought that there might be very little to see here of any historical or cultural significance and that it might all be about seeing a dead body. We were pleasantly surprised that there are a lot of well preserved artifacts that have some significance and that are interesting... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

You have to wait until they are ready for you, until they have the right guide and so forth, and then you sit through an interesting video before begins how round the exhibits. Our guide was excellent, and explained the exhibits very well, though you suspected he was following a well practised script. All went well for me until the... More

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Not that many things to see in this well appointed museum but it is worth the detour. Excellent film (but awful French translation) and good guides. The exhibits are worth the admission charge. And the star is the mummy, Juanita, of course.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This was much more interesting than I thought a museum primarily about one particular child sacrifice could be! You must be shown through with a tour guide (who is not included in the admission fee and works for tips). First you are shown a 20 min video documentary of the discovery of Juanita and other child sacrifices found in Peru.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

If you turn up in shorts and t-shirt it's worth taking a top in with you as the a/c is pretty fierce throughout the museum to help preserve the artefacts! The guides are knowledgable and enthusiastic. The story of Inca sacrifices is fascinating and of course the climax is seeing Juanita. Quite a surreal experience but worth taking an hour... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

You really have visit this museum just to satisfy your curiosity and see for yourself the subject of many a TV documentary. Juanita, the Ice Mummy is on display. You must join a guided tour which lasts an hour. Different languages are available and you wait in the courtyard until it is your turn to start. First you see a... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A quaint museum that starts with a 20 minute film regarding the excavation of the sacrificed including Juanita who is the best preserved. The guides are enthusiastic college students, ours spoke English quite well. There are a few rooms filled with artifacts including fabrics, pitchers, cups, dolls and other items that were buried with the sacrificed. Then you will finally... More

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