THE DEAD BULL PETROGLYPHS
THE DEAD BULL PETROGLYPHS
Dead Bull (Toro Muerto) Rock Carvings
Hidden within this arid landscape are some of the greatest examples of cave art in the world. An estimated five thousand pieces of volcanic tuff depict animal, human and geometric figures likely to have been carved between 500 and 1300 B.C.
Toro Muerto reigns in the province of Castilla, very near the river Majes, whose incomparable prawns are the principal ingredient in the delectable cuisine of the ‘White City’.
A menagerie of animals such as condors, foxes, alpacas, snakes, and fish mingle with geometric shapes and dancing figures on stone that, after centuries, remain intact.
The greatest threat to the complex are some of its visitors, who do not hesitate to break the rocks to remove the beautiful illustrations. Today the guides remember that 152 drawings were discovered on a single rock.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level City Easy
- Group Size Medium Group
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs Aproximately
Suggested time of departure: 07:00 AM.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
Sun block (sun protection cream)
Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
Optional: walking sticks or poles in the desert looking for big rock with drawings
- Spanish / English guide
- Service on board.
- Tourist admission.
- City Easy THE DEAD BULL PETROGLYPHS
We pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 am. in order to depart at 8:00, heading for the Toro Muerto, (Dead bull). It is a collection of ancient petroglyphs in the Peruvian coastal desert, found in the province of Castile, in the region Arequipa in Peru. The site contains some 3000 volcanic rocks with petroglyphs dating back to the Huari Culture, where we`ll arrive at approximately 11:00 am. In ancient times this site was forced to move from road to the coast Caylloma Camaná. Toro Muerto is a place where ancient petroglyphs bear witness to the life of the ancient inhabitants of these lands. Here volcanic rocks are scattered in an area of nearly 5 km. around, probably due to the violent eruptions and the volcanoes Chachani and Coropuna. The full extent is of 3.876 meters long and 250 meters wide, The stones have been recorded with all kinds of geometric and anthropomorphic representations, birds, animals, reptiles, etc.
Capitalizing on a visit to this majestic area you can also visit what is called the Jurassic Park Arequipeño (Dinosaur Tracks Querullpa) and a still developing zone producer of pisco and wine: the Majes Valley.
Lunch (lunch is possible shrimp).
In the afternoon around 4:30 p.m. we will return to Arequipa, the white city.