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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  • Tiwanaku has the potential to be an attraction more interesting and important in the island of the Sun, but failure to dig and make a good Museum with good guides. The current system is very expensive for extranejors, there are no services, and really lack to excavate and study site. It is much more impressive than the door of the Sun entirely.
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  • The best archaeological site in South America! I must admit that for those who love history, archaeology and other related branches this is paradise! It's amazing to know that the ruins are only 10% of the rest that is yet to be discovered. I recommend to visit Puma Punku!
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  • If you believe in past life on the planet or in civilizations that began on the continent at the time of the Pharaohs, come here. Doors, columns and overwhelming pyramids. A magical place. I recommend the Museum and buy small souvenirs to the people of the area. One does not need Guide to explore Tiwinaku. Bring a sweater and an umbrella, the time is changing. It takes at least 3 hours and plenty of water (despite the cold).
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