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Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries)

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Address: Santa Catalina 110, Arequipa, Peru
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+51 54 200345

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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Well presented with excellent facts and guides. We had a super visit and learned an amazing history.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2017
Cookeville, Tennessee
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

It's not a bad museum but the price (20) is a bit steep for a museum that simple. By the way juanita is not there at the moment until may. There is another mummy. The video is good but old, the museum dark and small but some nice items.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Well presented with excellent facts and guides. We had a super visit and learned an amazing history.

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Burnaby British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

This museum holds the mummies found high in the Andes over the past decades: Juanita is the most famous. The guides (by donation) gave an excellent explanation of the Inca beliefs. The mummies, still frozen, can be viewed in their glass cases. The museum might be a bit gruesome for some people, perhaps. It is worth seeing this exhibit back... More 

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Calama, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

We visited with three adults and three kids (ages 7, 7, and 4) in January 2017 and really enjoyed the trip. You are not allowed to browse the museum without a guide, and the admission price includes an introductory video and a guided tour through the museum. A small tip for the guide is also expected. Tours are available in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Here, you learn about the Inca history of worshiping the mountain gods and you see a film about the discovery of the children sacrifices. At the end you either see Salita or Juanita depending on the time of year. We saw Salitia who was the second best preserved girl found on the mountain top. It is both sad and astonishing... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

First of all, Juanita is not here now, instead of Juanita, there is Salita. But the front desk guy didn't tell us this! Besides, I have no idea why we paid 20 sole each person already and we have to pay another tips for the guide? Actually, you can't visit without a guide, it's so weird! 我們到的時候裡面根本沒有Juanita,而是另外一尊Salita,但是進去之前,櫃檯沒有主動告知,而且門票價格竟然一樣。我們結束時被要求得另外付小費給導覽員,因為導覽員和服務人員都沒有拿博物館的薪水,見鬼了,難道養員工和導覽是我們遊客的責任嗎?如果你拒絕導覽,你就無法進去參觀,根本是利用Juanita來搶劫遊客

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

The museum entrance fee is 20 soles. We would have to wait a long time for a tour in English, for which is expected to pay a tip in the end. We decided to go by ourselves. The information signs all say the same short thing, not really informational and a lot of typo's. Would've expected more from it really..... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

I was a little reluctant at first as Juanita wasn't on display when we went, but another child mummy. I needn't have worried. Although the entry video was quite old the tour guide was excellent and came across as a student/ post grad who was very knowledgeable. Would certainly recommend as you can't see our learn about these kinds on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The reason to visit this museum is to see the ice maiden, Juanita, a young Incan girl, who was sacrificed to the volcano, and whose mummy was discovered by archaeologist Johan Reinhard. Her story takes on much more meaning if one reads Kim MacQuarrie's chapter on her in Life and Death in the Andes; it is also enhanced by a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We started off watching a very good film about Juanita followed by a tour through the rest of the museum collection.As we had arrived shortly before closing time the female guide still managed to tell us all about the beautiful collection and Juanita's history seeing her in the last room, perfectly frozen in time.. One of the best musea to... More 

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