El Norte Grande Sights



Museo Arqueológico de San Miguel de Azapa

Museo Arqueológico de San Miguel de Azapa Review

A visit here is a must for anyone who travels to El Norte Grande. In an 18th-century olive-oil refinery, this museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the cultures of the Chinchorros (a coastal people) and Tijuanacotas (a group that lived in the antiplano). Of particular interest are the Chinchorro mummies, the oldest in the world, dating to 6000 BC. The incredibly well–preserved mummies are arranged in the fetal position, which was traditional in this area. To look into their wrinkled, expressive faces is to get a glimpse at a history that spans more than 8,000 years. The tour ends at an olive press that functioned until 1956, a reminder of the still-thriving industry in the surrounding valley. The museum is a short drive from Arica. You can also make the 20-minute journey by colectivo from Patricio Lynch for about 600 pesos.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 12 km (7 mi) south of town on route to Putre, Arica | Map It
  • Phone: 58/205–555
  • Cost: 1,000 pesos
  • Hours: Jan. and Feb., daily 10–7; Mar.–Dec., daily 10–8
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  • Location: Arica

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