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Tiwanaku, La Paz

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Ruin Historic Site
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. Before you head to La Paz, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly La Paz family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that La Paz has to offer, including Tiwanaku.
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Growing popularity among backpackers and young travelers has led to an increase in budget accommodations in La Paz. The central neighborhoods of Santa Barbara and Juan XIII offer both low-cost options and high-end hotels. For a bohemian twist on your La Paz vacation, stay in Sopocachi, the city's artsy neighborhood.
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  • If you are in La Paz dont miss to check out Tiwanaku ruins as it is one of the oldest ruins and also has spiritual significance. Tiwanaku is usually 1.5 hr ride from La Paz and at an elevation of 1260...  more »
  • Depending on traffic, it takes an hour to an hour and a half to get there from central La Paz. We took a taxi so we wouldn't have another early start - around 400BOB. For once we hired a guide and we ...  more »
  • It was amazing to be here to know more about one of the most important civilizations prior to the rise of the Inca Empire. It was a ruins but rich of many theories about Tinawaku state. We bought 1 da...  more »