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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!

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

A fascinating collection on the history of the ancestors of the region including the Chinchorro mummies - the oldest mummies in the world. The area is in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the driest desert in the world. The extreme dryness has preserved the ancient remains - the oldest mummy found is from 7,500 BC. Some of the rooms... More 

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Iquique, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

From an archeological point of view this is a very interesting place to visit, specially if you are driving from Arica to Putre, good stop of about an hour (longer when finally fully open). As a tourism agency we do it often and the comments are always possitive. Once there, if interested in local birds, just take a short walk... More 

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