Museo Santuarios Andinos

Museo Santuarios Andinos information

Arequipa , Peru
Address
Street La Merced 110
Telephone
+51 54 20 0345
More information
www.ucsm.edu.pe/santury
Prices
admission S20
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Sat, to 3pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

There’s an escalating drama to this theatrically presented museum, dedicated to the preserved body of a frozen ‘mummy,’ and its compulsory guided tour which starts with a beautifully-shot 20-minute film about how Juanita, the so-called ‘Ice Maiden,’ was unearthed atop Nevado Ampato in 1995. Next, well-versed student guides from the university lead you through a series of atmospheric, dimly lit rooms filled with artifacts from the expedition that found the ‘mummy.’ The climax is the vaguely macabre sight of poor Juanita, the 12-year-old Inca girl sacrificed to the gods in the 1450s and now eerily preserved in a glass refrigerator. Tours take about an hour and are conducted in Spanish, English and French.