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. 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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  • August 15, 2017
    I agree with a lot of prior notice: Dear (100 pesos per person, no discounts except for children under 12), no payment by card. The only valid explanations in museums are those that are translated also into English, the others... have more to do with a re-write of the archaeological facts for purposes nationalists. Now, it is a major archaeological site in the Andes, so ignore and visit without restriction if you are an aficionado of archaeology. By against not recommended if you come from the Peru and don't want to do this without going to La Paz, because it takes the whole day minimum - border to Desaguadero crossing can indeed easily an hour if not more according to demand, and the effectiveness of the Bolivian has not changed one iota since 30 years... Ditto at the exit, because no different leader - and the cost is certain (hotel night (, combis, bus, inputs, etc). But spend the night in the village, on a moonless night is just great because was really the stars on the figure. So according to your wishes... :-)
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  • August 14, 2017
    A pleasant and interesting day. The Museum is a bit empty but the 3 rooms are to be discovered! Two archaeological sites (especially the second) are impressive.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Tiwanaku is located 2 hours from La Paz, the outputs are made near the cemetery, price is about 20Bs (in vans in dubious mechanical condition). Upon arrival, we saw the entry prices and found us an excess 100Bs (USD 14-15) was!, but anyway we pay (we were already there and the road had been 2 hours).!!! The ruins are a DISAPPOINTMENT, are highly involved, since much is reconstructed and wiring at the sight. Furthermore, the ruins are in poor state, giving have lousy care that the community gives them. I suggest not visiting Tiawanaku, is loss of time and money. PS: Its museums are deplorable.
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