El Norte Grande Sights

Museo Arqueológico de San Miguel de Azapa

  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/11/2016

Fodor's 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 1200 pesos.

Sight Information


12 km (7 mi) south of town on route to Putre, Arica, Arica y Parinacota, 1000000, Chile



Website: www.uta.cl/masma

Sight Details:

  • 2,000 pesos

Published 01/11/2016


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