Tiwanaku, La Paz

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Discover the ruins of an ancient empire at Tiwanaku, a pre-Columbian archaeological site. In its heyday, the ruined city served as the seat of the mighty Tiwanaku empire, which ruled swathes of land spanning from Peru's coast, across western Bolivia, and down into northern Chile. Scientifically minded Tiwanaku people used many of the city's structures in their astronomical research and probably positioned their shrines and religious monuments in harmony with the sun's movements. Take a guided tour around the site to fully appreciate its history. Use our La Paz trip itinerary planner to visit Tiwanaku on your trip to La Paz, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • These are a ruins on the outskirts of the city of Peace. It is reached by crossing the sector of Alto that is one of the poorest and hardest areas of the city. The entrance is worth 100 bolivas and includes two areas, Tiawanacu and Puma Punko, and two austere museums. I didn't walk to Puma Punko because it was far away. Ernesto do! We arrived in a van that we took in the sector of the cemetery that charged us 25 bolivas each for the passage. On our way back we walk to the small town of Tiawanaco where we take one go from the square for 6 bolivas each. I recommend the little town. It is arid and solitary but has a square with a charming church and a picturesque restaurant called "Real" where we have lunch on a terrace in the sun a fresh trout, large, cooked to terms with rice and salad, another dish of soatypical flame meat with salad for 30 each one and we had a sweet brown beer (15 1liter bolivas) called "El Inca", which would have brought me to Chile because of the rich!!! I put together two groups of photos, one of the ruins of Tiawanako and others of the small town. I enjoyed it more in the little town! The ruins are interesting but not so my style of place. Ernesto who is an engineer was more entertained.
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  • Interesting place. It’s considered one of the most important archeological sites in South America. The Tiwanaku people first arrived in the area around 200 BC, constructing primitive settlements which...  more »
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