This archaeological site of Tiwanaku is a little over 70 km west from the city of La Paz towards the border town of Desaguadero. Tiwanaku (also spelt Tiahuanaco and Tiahuanacu) was founded around 200 BC and after many years it grew from a small village to much larger city with population estimated anywhere between 200,000 to 1.4 million inhabitants in the period around 600 to 800 AD. At its peak Tiwanaku was the most important city and civilization center in the whole of continent and its influence can be seen in vast areas of modern day Bolivia, Peru and Argentina. It is believed that the people of the city of Tiwanaku where more advanced in pottery, astronomy and math than the Incas whom they predated.
Although the Tiwanaku site is still under investigation large areas have been uncovered and many parts restored. Your guide will talk you through the history of the Tiwanaku site and in both museums. For those who have visited sites in Peru you will be interested to find how Tiwanaku influenced many of the other civilizations further north.
A visit to the site of Tiwanaku takes a couple of hours and some of the areas you will visit and learn about include:
- - Puerte del Sol – The Gateway of the Sun
- - Kalasasaya – 130m x 120m ritual platform with impressive steps
- - Templete Semi-Subterraneo – 26m x 28m sunken pit with 178 carved stone faces
- - 2 Museums at the Site
- - Puma Punku Temple
Tiwanaku is one of the most important ancient civilizations in the world and more is being learnt about it every day. For anyone with an interest in the history of Andean cultures and archaeology it is a worth while day trip from La Paz. For this tour, you get picked up between 8.00 and 9.00 am depending on your ho(s)tel location and you get dropped off in the centre of La Paz at around 16.30 / 17.00 maximum. Food and beverages are not included but after the visit of the site you will be taken to a nice local restaurant where you can have some typical Andean meal for some 35 / 40 Bs.
INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Transportation and pick up from your central Hotel or Hostel
- Guide - English and Spanish-speaking
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Entrance Fees - 80bs total
- Travel Insurance
- Water / extra beverages
- Meals and snacks
- Sunglasses & Sun cream
- Insect Repellent
- Tips for guides
This tour goes up to an Altitude of around 3900 meters (17388 feet). You do not have to be fit for this tour though as it involves just light walking around the site.
There is a requirement of a minimum of 6 people booked in order for this tour to be confirmed but the tour goes most days as it is popular.
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