The Museo Santuarios Andinos or Museum of Andean Sanctuaries is one of the many Arequipa attractions. Aside from the usual exhibits found in Peruvian museums such as artifacts from the Inca Empire, ceramics, textiles, and carving, the museum showcases the body of a young girl named Juanita, the Ice Maiden of Mount Ampato. The interesting story of Juanita and her preservation allowed researchers to gain an insight into the Inca culture.
Juanita is said to be 13 when she died by a blow on her head, a victim of ritual sacrifice of Inca priests. Found beside the girl are several ceremonial offerings. Juanita laid buried in the snow for about 550 years and was discovered in 1995 when the Sabancaya Volcano erupted, melting the ice on the peak of the volcano. One of the things to do in Arequipa is to visit the museum and to view the body of Juanita, now displayed in a glass freezer chamber in the museum.
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