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“Juanita, the Ice Mummy Revealed”

Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries)
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Private Arequipa City Tour Including Juanita Mummy Museum, Monastery of Santa...
Ranked #8 of 103 things to do in Arequipa
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 16, 2013

I found this museum and the story of Juanita, fascinating. The tour is in different languages and on payment, I was given the time the tour would start. Sitting is provided in the courtyard. The tour opens with an informative film, about 20mins long, detailing where and how Juanita was found and the history of human sacrifice in the Inca culture. The guide took us through various rooms explaining about the artefacts. At the end of the tour, we viewed the body of Juanita. I would have liked to revisit the rooms, however, we were not allowed to return to the rooms, as another tour was coming through. This was the only drawback. As a footnote, I took the bus from Arequipa to Puno (great trip!) and we passed the volcano where the body was found...gave a sense of the immensity of the walk to her final resting place.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

We had to wait a bit for the next tour to start (because they do them in different languages). There was about a twenty minute video at the beginning of the tour. The guide walks you through a temperature controlled museum. Be warned, it is chilly! Our guide explained a lot of the traditions and cultural meaning behind the things they've found. The end of the tour is focused on Juanita. (The frozen body found in the Andes. She was thought to be a sacrifice.) You can actually see the body if you wish. There are no pictures allowed in this museum.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Guided tours only telling the fascinating story of this ice mummy. No photos allowed and no guidebooks or postcards available.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Saw interesting 20 minute film about an archaeological team who discovered a girl's body on the top of a volcano. It's a fascinating story, and the film sheds light on an ancient Inca practice. Afterward, followed English speaking guide around a number of displays and artifacts. Her presentation was just equally interesting.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The art and history of the Incas and pre-Incas has always been an interested. The high light of the museum is the frozen mummy that was found not too long ago up in the mountains. The museo starts with a 20 minute film about the finding of the mummy. It was the culmination of several years of work and research.

We had a guide which had been successful at our other stops in Arequipa. In this case, the woman was okay with her command of english and was familiar with the artifacts that we were seeing.

The rooms where the pottery, and jewelry were displayed were very dark. I don't know if it was to conserve energy or to protect the artifacts. It was a challenge to see the works some times and it was also difficult to read the small signs, mostly in Spanish.

The mummy Juanita is a 12 or 13 year girl who was sacrificed (blow to the head) to appease the gods of the nearby volcano that was erupting. The story is well told and the mummy in its refrigerated case was interesting is hard to see, again due to lighting.

Overall, the visit is worth the time and is only a few minutes from the Plaza de Armas.

Thank NJTravellingfool
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