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Toro Muerto petroglyphs - Cultural Tour Valle De Majes - Peru

Stretching 200 meters (652 feet) wide for about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), the impressive Petroglifos de Toro Muerto is one of the largest collections of petroglyph drawings in the world. Figures of animals, birds and people—many of them mysterious flying "ancient astronauts"—carved into volcanic rock appear as if they came out of nowhere in the vast valley. Though the roots of the drawings have not been confirmed, most historians agree that they were likely created by the Huari culture between 500 and 1200 AD.


165 kilometers (101 miles) northwest of Arequipa

Around Arequipa, Valle De Majes, Peru

Cultural Tour

Getting There

Guided tours leave from Arequipa, or you can make the trip yourself, but leave plenty of time when taking public transportation. Buses to Corire depart from Arequipa’s Terminal Terrestre (3 hr, $5), from where you can either walk to the site (about 1.5 hours) or take a taxi ($7.50), or ask to be let off 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) outside the town at the start of a dirt road with a sign that leads to the petroglyphs.

Travel Tips: The area is pretty isolated. It is best not to go alone; leave valuables at your hostel.

Price Description: $2

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring: Bring along your camera; use sun protection. If not on a tour, also take water and a snack.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

By Caroline Bennett
exploring, laughing, wanderlust, strangers. 120 film, making art, cyanotypes, vintage. scotch on the rocks & coffee, black. the unknown. the sound of...
28 Apr 2012

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