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... Saturday, my flight back to Lima wasn't until 5pm, which gave me a good part of the day to explore Arequipa with. I'd decided that I would do a city tour on bus, and then head to the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the frozen body of Juanita, a 12 year old Inca girl who had been sacrificed to the gods around 500 years ago, and only found in 1995. The museum had been built around this discovery and came highly recommended. However, it wasn't to be. The city tour, due to ...
... and inevitable earthquakes.
Out of all of the things you could do in Arequipa, visiting the Ice Maiden at the Museo Santuarios Andinos is a surreal experience. The whole exhibition is centred around the discovery of a young Inca girl in 1995, on Mount Ampato, in the Andean mountain range. 'Juanita' as they named her was believed to have been buried 600 years ago by her people as a sacrifice to the Incan Gods. The Incas chose children ...
... the prosperous neighbourhood of Yanahuara. This is famous for the picture postcard shot of the white stone arches in the plaza, with the peak of El Misti in the background. We stopped a while, took some photos, then headed back, for a quick look inside the cathedral and a pizza dinner.
We were up very early the next day for a two-day, one night tour of Colca Canyon, around 150km to the north, which we will describe in the next blog.
Martin & ...
Monday 27th January - Day 125
The difference in temperature between Cusco and Arequipa was very noticeable when
we arrived. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was already warm at 6am. We’d decided to stay in Wild Rover (the hostel chain we’d worked for in La Paz) so dropped our stuff of there, had a shower and relaxed by their pool (yes a pool in a £5-a-night hostel!). Just as
it was ...
... a 20 minute dvd on the expedition to find the mummies and then was guided around various artefacts, culminating in the presentation of a small, mummified girl in a refrigerated box; so well preserved. She had been sacrificed as an offering to the Gods on Mount Apato and owes her preservation to a snow fall which froze her until she was discovered in 1995. Sabancay erupted and the expedition found traces of the grave covered by ash ...