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World's oldest mummies? Egypt? Think again: Chile

The University of Taracapa curates the 7000+ year old Chinchorro mummies collection, the world's... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
belliker
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Well curated, amazing weavings thousands of years old

Easy to get to by colectivo taxi, about 25 minutes. Beautifully curated. It followed the peoples of... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Janet B
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Indio, California
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Camino Azapa km. 12, Arica, Chile
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The University of Taracapa curates the 7000+ year old Chinchorro mummies collection, the world's oldest conserved mummified bodies. A visit gives you several crash courses: On naturally preserved mummified bodies that were buried in the arid desert climate and turned into mummies; and the intentionally...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2018

Easy to get to by colectivo taxi, about 25 minutes. Beautifully curated. It followed the peoples of this coastal area for thousands of years. The "mummies" are the draw, but the exhibits, history, and anthropology are the reward. There are far more mummies in the...More

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We're not burying the lede here: that's what this place is. The Chinchorros had a hard go of it with life expectancy in the low 30s, largely due to lead poisoning and other hazards of living 7,000 years ago. The lead made carrying babies to...More

Thank Shawnino
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Probably the most interesting museum of northern Atacama Desert. A must visit if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

The exhibit is excellent, but it is hard to get to this place. Also, the museum is too dark and tickets waaay too expensive. The surroundings are beautiful.

Thank Claudio M
Reviewed 28 September 2017

It is extremely interesting to visit this museum. You get to see the oldest mummies in the world and as interesting as it is, it is also heartbreaking (you get to see mummies that were stillborn and their mothers have kept them). I was very...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

considering we had no clue about this topic we now are almost experts thanks to the very well done exposition and to the perfect audio guide. easy to reach and very cheap for what you get.

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Michael Palin, in his otherwise excellent travel book 'Full Circle', travelled to Arica but didn't mention anything except the train journey to la Paz. How could he overlook the Chinchorro mummies, the oldest mummies in the world and twice as old as anything in Egypt?...More

Thank ChrisJS51
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The mummies are in glass but very visible and there are many of them. Not something you see everyday and a must see when in Arica

Thank Tamara S
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Great place to take your family and learn about one of the oldest civilizations in the world! A must see attraction if you are in the area.

Thank Stephen R
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