The Arica Monster is described to be a flightless dinosaur bird and said to be the largest surviving member of the dromaeosaurids. Most sightings are reported by motorists driving the main road linking Iquique and Arica. The last major sighting was in 2004 when a family was surrounded by a creature described to have “dog-like” face, with a kangoo-like body. Other sightings described the Arica Monster to be primitive dinosaur with a kangaroo face and an emu body.
The locals are divided in their opinion about the Arica Monster’s existence. Some locals believe the Atacama desert can barely support any type of animals, and that such creature doesn’t exist. Other locals say there are many possibilities that suggests that the Arica Monster is a surviving dinosaur.