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Cerro Baúl - Ruin Torata - Peru

In the midst of the crumpled mountains around Moquegua, Cerro Baúl stands apart. solitary in this landscape, looming like a giant’s trunk, this butte was a major ceremonial site of the Wari nation (600-1100 AD). The hilltop is scattered with the remains of that sacred city, which was later used by the Tiwanaku empire. To this day, it is a major spiritual site, where rituals are performed to the apús or spirits of the mountains (especially on Fridays). During Semana Santa, this is a popular pilgrimage destination. From the top of the hill, you may see Cataratas de Mollesaja and Torata village.


18 kilometers (11 miles) northeast of Moquegua

Torata, Peru

Ruin Types:
Ruins, Ruin

Getting There

From Moquegua, minibuses heading to Torata depart from near the stadium on Avenida Balta, about 0.5 kilometers east of the market (30 min, $1.25); tell the driver you want to get off at Cerro Baúl. At the roadside at Cerro Baúl, you can catch a minivan returning to Moquegua, or going to Torata ($0.40).


From the roadside checkpoint, a path and wooden walkway leads up to the top of Cerro Baúl (1 hr).

Travel Tips:

The tradition is to leave candies or cigarettes at the shrines on the way up to the top. Go with someone else, just in case vertigo sets in. A visit to Museo Contisuyo in Moquegua will give you good orientation to the site and can give you a pamphlet on it.

Price Description:

Adult $1.50, student / retiree $0.40

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Daily 8 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 4 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

The village of Torata and all its attractions.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

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