Juanita You Look So Good For Being 500
Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
20Trip End Dec 13, 2011
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communicated through Napoleon Dynamite quotes. It was an entertaining evening. The following day the band headed off to explore Colca Canyon and Jessie and I wondered the city.
We discovered a city brimming with Spanish influence surrounded by towering volcanoes forming a semi-circle around the city. We only spent a day in Arequipa, but we
visited some really interesting places. Our first stop was Museo Santuarios Andinos where Juanita, a 500 year old Inca princess lives. According to Inca history after a natural disaster the Inca make a sacrifice to appease the mountain gods
Juanita was believed to be between 12 and 14. Because of the color of her robe she was probably of royal blood. Scientists found her in the fetal position where her body was frozen for 500 years, only reveled because the volcano exploded temporarily melting enough of the ice for
explorations to be conducted. She was almost perfectly preserved, her innards were intact and most of her clothes and belongings were in place. She even had her original hair. For being 500 years old she looked great!
Just one hundred years after Juanita was sacrificed by her people on a mountain top the Spanish saw a weakness in the Inca empire and made their conquest. We saw the drastic change in culture when we visited the Santa Catalina Monastery. Although, the Spanish
influence can be seen all over Arequipa, it was especially evident at the monastery. We spent hours walking through the brightly colored courtyards.
We found Arequipa to be a very enjoyable city!
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