Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, Arequipa Attractions - My Peru Guide
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Petroglyphs Of Toro Muerto


Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Culture & Time Period: It is believed that the petroglyphs were carved by the Wari people originally and then by the Collaguas, an Inca people. The oldest ones date from between 800 to l000 AD.

Operational Info:

  • Days: Every day of the week
  • Hours: 6:00 to 18:00
  • Entrance Ticket: S/. 5.00 (Peruvian Soles)

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Location: Uraca District, Province of Castilla, Arequipa Region.

Distance from Arequipa Downtown: 168 kilometers - 2 hours and 40 minutes by private transportation.

Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, Arequipa Attractions - My Peru Guide


  • This is the biggest exhibition of ancient petroglyphs in South America (and probably in the world) with about 5,000 volcanic stone blocks carved with different representations distributed throughout 5 square kilometers.
  • The traveler should allow 2 or 3 hours to walk around and carry plenty of liquids since this is a desert area with a high solar radiation. (Sunscreen is highly recommended.)
  • Private tours can be hired from the city of Arequipa, but intrepid travelers can rent a car or take public transportation to get there.
  • This area connects with the Colca Canyon by taking El Pedregal route to the town of Cabanaconde. This is a dirty road and travelers need to use a 4 x 4 to reach the Colca Canyon in about 5 hours. This ride offers breathtaking landscapes and only a few travelers know about it get to travel it. 
Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, Arequipa Attractions - My Peru Guide




  • Walking on the stones or touching them is prohibited.

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