You should remember that the rock cultural heritage is an artistic and cultural legacy that offers us manifestations of social activities that our ancestors had left for us. The rupestrian cultural patrimony must be protected and treated with respect like all archaeological and historical heritage.
Despite being made on stone, rock art, in general, is a highly delicate product, extremely fragile and easily destroyable. Losing it cannot be repaired. As it is found outdoors, its manifestations are exposed to various natural conditions (erosion, solar radiation, rain or humidity, lichen growth, mineral deposits on the surface of the rock). Many sites disappear in a natural way.
However, the most damaging factor has been (and still is) human activity. That is why, at global level, a series of recommendations have been put forward, when it comes to visiting a site with these characteristics.
So, if you want to visit Toro Muerto,
remember to obey the following rules:
Don't draw any graffiti
Don't destroy or remove the rocks
Don't climb or step on the rocks
Don't touch the petroglyphs
Don't clean them
Don't make copies of them
Don't pour water on them
Don’t pick up any cultural material from the surface
(e.g., fragments of ceramic, bone or stone tools)
Don't leave any trash
Don't disturb the soil
Don’t stray from the marked path
Don't camp on site
Don't make a noise
Start your visit at the Information Center located in the village of La Candelaria.
There you will find the ticket office to enter the archaeological site, as well as a couple of rooms with audiovisuals that will give you some information about Toro Muerto and other attractions around it.
In this way, all together, we can preserve this wonderful archaeological site
for as long as possible
for all of us and for future generations of locals, visitors, tourists, and researchers.
Photos: Petroglifos de Toro Muerto