Every once in a while, Chinchorro mummies are found in mining project or construction sites – but lately they appear in bad shape: the mummies which have lasted thousands of years in the desert soil are now turning to black mud. This could be due to the climate change and the desert soil being more humid then before, so more bacteria can grow and decompose the mummies.
Some better-preserved mummies are on display in the San Miguel de Azapa Museum in the Azapa Valley near Arica, along with many artefacts of this fascinating, vanished culture. We would be happy to include a visit to Azapa in your Altiplano tours. Ask us!