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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  • form part of the historical of bolivia and culture centers, ideally hire a guide certificate they explain very well
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  • Although no too much to look at, the place is beautiful. The Altiplano and the journey once you get out of the city of El Alto are worth. Eat delicious and you can walk looking at the ruins of a quiet and interesting way. The Museum of the Bennett monolith is beautiful. Another Museum does not recommend it for anything, has almost nothing interesting for tourists. Children and adolescents spend well walking and there are a few kiosks for buying souvenirs are cheap and beautiful.
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  • We have long considered to visit these ruins and it paid off. The round-trip with organised tour (Titicaca) took every 1.5 hours from La Paz. The ruins are interesting. More than 3 hours is not on the site (including museums). It is well made, but it has much potential, there are not many excavations. I can recommend this excursion with a guide who can explain the history and findings to the archaeological site.
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