Museo Santuarios Andinos
Calle la Merced 110, Arequipa, Peru
| +51 54 215013
Sun 9am - 3pm
Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm
JuanitaA museum of Inca culture artifacts and objects from about 550 years ago, including the body of "Juanita" a young girl discovered frozen from the Ampato Volcano. Her and 17 more bodies were discovered between 1989-1996 by the project "Santuarios de Altura del Sur Andino."
Children were sacrificed to the mountain gods as an offering during sacred rituals by the Inca tribes who were scared of natural disasters. Juanita was a chosen one who in return would "receive divinity" for her sacrifice.
Juanita's body is one of the most well preserved bodies ever found with hair, real blood, and muscles still alive. At the moment her remains are being studied to determine her DNA, her state of health, illnesses to which she was subjected during her infancy, the viruses and bacteria that have affected her and that are still present in her body, and the type of diet I'm those times.
You can see her frozen preserved body along with Incan culture artifacts such as pottery, gold silver metal figurines, and textilesthat were also offered during rituals to the mountain gods.