Mummies have been on the rise recently. We’re not quite sure why. However, I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s social feeds have been flooded with memes from the 1999 movie ‘The Mummy‘. Why not? It’s a fabulous film. When you think about mummies, the first country that pops into your mind is Egypt. However, several countries across the world also have a tradition of mummifying the dead. So, if you’re fascinated by this specific type of practice, you can visit these travel destinations for those interested in mummies.
National Museum of Denmark (Denmark)
The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen is the home of a famous mummy known as “the woman from Huldremose.” According to the records, she died during the 2nd century BC. From there, her body was placed in a peat bog. As a result, her hair, skin, stomach contents, and clothes were preserved.
In 1879, the mummified body of this woman was found while some men were digging. Some experts believed that she was sacrificed, killed, and placed in the peat bog.
Cairo Museum and its Mummies (Egypt)
As mentioned, Egypt is one of the best travel destinations for those interested in mummies. In fact, you will see the largest collection of artifacts from ancient Egyptians, including mummies, in Cairo Museum. On the second floor, you will also see a lot of New Kingdom Royal Mummies, along with the contents of their tombs.
Museum of Andean Sanctuaries (Peru)
Aside from those travel destinations, you can also visit Peru, specifically the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries. In this museum, you will see Juanita, and she is known as “the ice maiden.”
According to records, Juanita was around 13 to 15 years old when she died. They also believed that she was sacrificed because they found a fermented drink in her body, which sedated her before her death. Also, a lot of people believed that she was an Inca princess. (There was a Buffy episode with a similar theme to this story… does anyone remember it?)
The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Chile)
Another great travel destination for those interested in mummies is Chile. To be specific, The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is where you can see the Chinchorro mummies. As you know, they are among the oldest mummified bodies in the world. According to the records, the Chinchorro mummy found in the Atacama Desert was mummified in 7,000 BC, making them older than the ancient Egyptian mummies.
Museum of High Altitude and its Mummies (Argentina)
The Museum of High Altitude is displaying one of the mummified bodies of the three Inca children known as the “Children of Llullaillaco.” According to the records, these three children were sacrificed, and they were placed in tombs located in the Llullaillaco mountains. Several experts have stated that the mummified bodies of these three Inca children were 500 years old, and they are among the well-preserved bodies in the world.
And, of course, if you’re interested in mummies, we can’t end this article without suggesting you read all about the Mummies of Guanajuato here!!