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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

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..

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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..

Bogota, Colombia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's a small museum that displays some of the objects found in the mountains and a very well preserved mummy of a child. The story of how the mumy is very interesting. To sum up it's an interest place if you have some spare time in Arequipa.

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We came to this museum hoping to learn about Inca culture but the museum is very poor. It needs to be renovated. We saw juanita which was interesting and the guide gave us a run down through what had happened to her more than 500 years ago.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Enjoyed the visit to this museum and learning about the discovery of several Inca mummies. The exhibit were well done and respectful

Nokesville, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Be prepared to leave your bags, purse, phones and cameras at the desk prior to the tour. You can't take these things with you. The tour is very informative and interesting. There are many artifacts to see before finishing the tour in the Juantita Mummy room itself.

Hilton Head, South Carolina
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Both film and guide were very informative. Cannot take in any type of camera or bag. No problem to leave at desk , you are given a key to the locker and see your stuff put into locker. Loved learning about Juanita the Ice Maiden.

Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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124 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Excellent guide & video presentation and exhibits surrounding the mummified body of "Juanita" a sacrificed teenage virgin from c 1500. All bags, drinks cameras, phones have to be left in storage rooms are chilly so take card I or jacket tho they do have a couple of blankets. Costs Sol 20 per person. Tours in Spanish & English. Well worth... More 

Sydney, Australia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
85 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This museum is devoted to the discovery of the ice maiden juanita. The cost is 20 sols. For this you get a 20 minute documentary of the discovery and a guided tour of the artefacts found. If you are lucky you will also get to see Juantia. She is removed during summer and goes back to the university for further... More 

Los Angeles, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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 

Hudson, North Carolina
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14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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