The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca Sights

Museo Santuarios Andinos

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  • Arequipa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/15/2017

Fodor's Review

Referred to as the Juanita Museum, this fascinating little museum at the Universidad Católica Santa Maria holds the frozen bodies of four young girls who were apparently sacrificed more than 500 years ago by the Inca to appease the gods. The "Juanita" mummy, said to be frozen around the age of 13, was the first mummy found in 1995 near the summit of Mt. Ampato by local climber Miguel Zarate and anthropologist Johan Reinhard. When neighboring Volcán Sabancaya erupted, the ice that held Juanita in her sacrificial tomb melted and she rolled partway down the mountain and into a crater. English-speaking guides will show you around the museum, and you can watch a video detailing the expedition.

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La Merced 110, Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

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Published 01/15/2017


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