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Visit Juanita at Museo Santuarios Andino

Just off the city’s main square in the Museo Santuarios Andino is one of Arequipa’s most haunting attractions; the mummified body of teenage girl, Juanita. Discovered when melting ice unveiled her centuries-old tomb, Juanita is almost perfectly preserved. Killed as a sacrifice to the gods and buried alongside her earthly possessions, the mummy has revealed an enormous amount about the Incan empire and their sacrificial ceremonies. You’ll need a guide to take you through the exhibits – tipping is expected and photography is not allowed.

Browse San Camilo Market

Any Peruvian city worth its salt has a thriving local market, and Arequipa’s San Camilo is one of the better ones. The countless stalls sell everything from moisturising skin oils to fresh-fruit smoothies and cuts of local Andean cheese. The mummified llama foetuses that swing from stalls can be a little disturbing, but this market is a fascinating slice of Peruvian culture.

  • San Camillo
    04000 Arequipa

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Just north of the Plaza de Armas is the enormous Monasterio de Santa Catalina, which was the home of hundreds of nuns and public servants up until 1970. As the most important religious building in Peru, it’s a must-visit, and you can spend hours exploring the vast complex of rooms, abbeys and pretty plazas. Bring your camera because the interchange between the white stone, vivid colours, bright sunlight and deep-blue sky is pretty dazzling.

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Museo Santuarios Andino

San Camilo Market

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