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Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa

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Address: Camino Azapa Km. 12,, Arica, Chile
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Amazing place, a must see!

This museum is in Azapa Valley, in small town San Miguel de Azapa. It's possible to see the oldest men in the region(Chinchorro) , and part of today culture(aymara).

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Arica, Chile
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Arica, Chile
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

This museum is in Azapa Valley, in small town San Miguel de Azapa. It's possible to see the oldest men in the region(Chinchorro) , and part of today culture(aymara).

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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

This museum is a little bit out of the city, going up to Azapa valley, but the trip and the environment around the museum gives a unique atmosphere. The museum was insightful and entertaining. There is a lot more than what you could expect there with very interesting information and items in the exhibition. Totally worth it.

Thank HugoBray
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Great museum! Contains mummies from the oldest civilization in the Americas and probably one of the oldest in the world!

Thank Stephen R
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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

It's very interesting I must admit!! I didn't like the fact that one room was being re-decorated so it was closed. It isn't close to the city but If you do like museums you'll love this one.

Thank Diana P
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4 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Very well built museum, they could add more stuff in English. The grounds are beautiful. Also, the drive from Arica to the museum is quite nice

Thank helena k
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

The museum was recently refurbished and now provides good interpretation and an excellent display for the Chinchorro Mummies which is why you came here, right! A section was closed when we visited but if it is developed to the same standard as the current galleries it will be a good edition. The main galleries contain a wide range of Chinchorro... More 

Thank Sicane
South America
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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

This museum is placed 15 kilometers outside Arica in the middle of nowhere. The surroundings are nice and you can spend 10-15 minutes aprreciating the place. The exhibition consist of the description of how olive oil is produced, a small collection of geoglyphs and a exhibitions of very old mummies. The exhibition is well made and looks very nice, but... More 

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Ambler, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a lovely little museum in Arica, full of mummies from more than 7500 years ago, but all of the exhibits are described in Spanish, so you really need a one-on-one guide, which, sadly, we did not have. There's also a room showing how olive oil was made, which was nice, but not terribly informative. If you love mummies... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

We went to this museum as part of a shore excursion from Arica. The museum covers the production of olive oil and the Chinchorro mummies. There are lots of olive trees in the irrigated portions of valleys around Arica so the museum has a oil press in it that shows how the olive oil is produced (cold press). There are... More 

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Reviewed 28 November 2016

We visited his place on our way to arica and they basically have two rooms. One is quite nice with mummys and artefacts, the other one shows how olive oil was produced in the past and is not that interesting. In the garden you will find some petroglyphs but that is it. We were done in 30 minutes and would... More 

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