Strolling around Arequipa, and Juanita the Ice Maiden

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Juanita (taken from the internet)

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.


I have 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.


Juanita.

There 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.

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Juanita (taken from the internet)
Juanita (taken from the internet)
Pinateria
Pinateria
Cloister
Cloister
El Misti in the afternoon
El Misti in the afternoon
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El Misti
El Misti
A Church
A Church
DOnofrio icecream seller
D'Onofrio icecream seller
Arequipa by night
Arequipa by night
Arequipa
photo by: halilee