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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

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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Lleida, Spain
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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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Sydney Australia
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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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Cesena, Italy
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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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Bogota, Colombia
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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.

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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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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

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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.

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