The Arica monster is said to be a large surviving member of the dromaeosaurids that inhabits the vast Atacama desert of Chile, South America.


Various motorists driving the main road linking Iquique and Arica have reported a 6-foot tall sharp-toothed bipedal dinosaur crossing the road in front of them. It has been said that it has three-toed footprints, similar to those of a primitive dinosaur, kangaroo, or even emu.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • Surviving theropod dinosaur
  • Misidentified rhea
  • Hoax


Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony


  • The Arica Monster was first spotted at the Atacama desert in Chile 1980. Witnesses describe a run in with huge kangaroo-like, bipedal monster in the deserts . The sightings have occurred by people who were traveling by car on different days through the remote road that links the cities of Iquique and Arica through the Atacama desert, some 2,000 kilometers north of Santiago, Chile. The newspapers in those cities collected recent accounts from citizens who claim to have seen the rare creatures. In addition, a military officer named Hernan Cuevas says that he spotted two of the beasts while traveling with two other adults and two children in a vehicle. He was quoted as seeing "a huge beast, much like a two-legged dinosaur, with huge thighs."