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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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Very interesting museum. Take a sweater with you

Very interesting museum with compulsory guided tour about Juanita the ice maiden. It is very cold inside so make sure you take a fleece otherwise you will be shivering during the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting museum with compulsory guided tour about Juanita the ice maiden. It is very cold inside so make sure you take a fleece otherwise you will be shivering during the entire visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great educational tour - starts with a 20 minute movie about the discovery of Juanita and the explanation surrounding sacrifices - very informative, my teenagers were thoroughly eating it up. We then had a guided tour of the museum, which ended up with a viewing of Jaunita. All of the artifacts were very well preserved and wonderfully explained - one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We stared the visit by watching the movie of the excavation in the volcano , highly recommended to see that movie. the collection is not so much impressive, until you reach to the remains of Juanita. Now, as I said , when you reach to Cusco (you MUST visit Cusco), go to the sun Temple and you can understand little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Frankly, the museum is an average museum. It means it is interesting if you want to learn about the Andin culture, but maybe children will get bored easily. HOWEVER, the Juanita mummy is a great piece of history. It is unbelievable in what state it was discovered and you can see it. Scientists learnt a lot of things about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is another excellent place in arequipa. The inca princess sacrificed to gods after natural disaster stayed thousand years in the ice and accidentally found in 1995. She was called as ice princess, Juanita. Her mummy and some stuffs belong to her can be seen in this museum. There is tour guided tours and 20 minutes video about the story... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I do think this museum would be better served by printing information about each display in several languages and giving guests the option of a self guided tour (not offered while we were there). Our guide added nothing that could not have been better provided self-paced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The introductory video and the artifacts are confusing. Just my opinion, they should have researched and documented the child mummy, and then given her a proper burial. It's kind of disturbing to see her in a glass refrigerator for our spectacle. She is and was a human being.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

A very interesting hour, looking at the artefacts and hearing the story of Juanita and other children like her and then finialy seeing her body.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The best what we saw in Arequipa! At first you are presented with a 20 minutes film about the discovery of Juanita. The tour is highly recommended as there is not much written about the artifacts. Our guide was really knowledgeable and fluent in English. The price for guide is 10 soles per person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

It was incredible to see the mummu Juanita although you don't get a great view due to the case to keep her at the right temperature. The short film at the start is fascinating, as are the artefacts recovered from the site. A must-see when in the city

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Address: Santa Catalina 110, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: 054/200-345
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Arequipa Region  >  Arequipa

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