Strolling around Arequipa, and Juanita the Ice Maiden
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My last day
in Arequipa. We would see some minor sights and just stroll around the city.
After all, I might never come here again in my life. An extra day in a faraway
city cannot be a bad thing. We saw all kinds of typical peruvian things and
just the way people live in this city. I noticed there are streets dedicated to
single kinds of merchandise. There was a street where there were a handful of
shops next to eachother where you could buy a big birthday cake, and there was
a street filled with colorful shops where you could buy a piñata, a birthday
present often made of paper-mache with lots of presents inside. The birthday
kid is supposed to smash the piñata. Such shops are called piñaterias.
also added some pictures of a richer, modern neighborhood at the other side of
the river. This is the place where lots of children go to schools in little
uniforms and it is a nice way to see something of daily live in Peru.
is one final sight that is really worth seeing. This is the ice-maiden Juanita.
Juanita is a very very impressive mummy, the frozen body of an Inca girl.
Juanita was unearthed from the nearby Ampato volcano when another nearby
volcano erupted and so exposed the earth on Ampato, making excavations
possible. Juanita was sacrificed by the Incas to appease the Ampato volcano
god. Nowadays Juanita is on display in a museum in Arequipa.
After being frozen for 500 years, Juanita is well preserved and she is kept at -20 c in the museum. Her discovery caused a real sensation. This mummy is seriously one of the most amazing of the world, more impressive than Tutankhamon in Egypt to me. It looks very creepy and real. It is forbidden to take pictures of the mummy.