Karting in Arequipa
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First day in Arequipa and the first thing we went to see was the museum where the "Juanita mummy" is located. It is the body of a young girl of about 12 years old sacrificed by the Incas as an offering to the gods in return for better fertility, the sacrifice having been made right at the summit of a 5000m plus high mountain near to Arequipa. Unfortunately that mummy was away being studied, but the museum was very informative about the practice of human sacrifice in incan times and there was the "Sarita mummy", who was found on another nearby mountain and died in the same circumstances.
In the afternoon, on a more lighthearted note, the hostel had organised karting for us. 10 soles, or less than 2.50 GBP, got us 15 laps of the track, although we had to divide that into 5 races of 3 laps. It was brilliant fun, although my competitive side certainly shone out. I won the first two races easily, then took the agreed "slowest" kart and didn´t finish last. The next race I was barged off the track in retaliation for the last race, and in the final race Sanjay and Celia both took me off the track and ruined what should have been a much more competitive outing. In any case, it was all great fun and everyone was pleased to have gone.