We then went to the Museo Santuarios Andinos, which is famous for having the ice princess, Juanita. When we got to the museum, we saved money for the second time that day because there was an awesome student discount. Advice for future study abroad students: Bring your student ID everywhere! You never know when you'll get a discount! Anyway, we started the tour with a 20-minute video on the finding of Juanita, as well as other mummies that have been found on the mountains/volcanoes of Arequipa. Juanita was found on Mount Ampato by Johan Reinhard and Miguel Zárate. She is thought to be in the lower teen years and she was killed as a sacrifice for the Incan gods. Anyway, the tour was pretty good, but it was cold! They keep Juanita at a cold temperature to perserve her because that's the climate she was found in. It's also very dark in the room where she is. It seems that they keep her very well perserved, but Sheila told me that actually she's already starting to deteriorate, but who knows. We weren't allowed to take pictures obviously, but here's an internet photo.
Anyway, after the museum, we headed on over to the infamous Monsterio de Santa Catalina. It's a monastery that was closed to the public for 390 years and then it was open to the public in the year 1970, so now there are many tours that go through there daily. There are still people living there in solitude and silence, however they are in a new part of the monastery that is obviously not open to the public. First of all, the place is ginormous!!! It's literally huge. I wish I could explain it to you. There are so many nooks and crannies everywhere and if the workers at the monastery hadn't told us to stay to the left while walking through it, we would've honestly gotten lost in there.
|A map of the monastery. See, it's big!|
|Calle Toledo (one of the streets)|
|View from the roof|
|The front of the Iglesia de la Compañía|
|The people getting out of mass|
|Pastel de papa|
|Soltero de queso|
|Cauche de queso|