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Tiwanaku, Tiwanaku

Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Ruin
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 Tiwanaku trip itinerary planner to visit Tiwanaku on your trip to Tiwanaku, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Fantastic day trip to get the lungs used to the altitude before we went climbing. Paid for a private tour upon arrival- very knowledgeable guide.  more »
  • It was a memorable visit to Tiwanaku. I had been there from La Paz. The site speaks about ancient civilization of Pre Inca civilization. The Sun and Moon God worshipers were very civilized and knnew.....  more »
  • A fantastic place to see a long lost mystical culture. Of particular interest is the head pit, where two alien-like faces can be seen.  more »
  • Must see, have a lot of time and imagine a whole city in the mud under the modern city
  • Impossible to explain ancient architecture at this location. Some say 12,000 years ago these megalithic structures appeared overnight. Centuries later after the cataclysmic event, this location was revered by the Inca. Must be experienced at night.
  • Wish I could visit this site everyday. The energy here is spectacular! The stone work is out of this world. What an interesting, yet mysterious culture.
  • This place is the proof that a great civilization from before the Incas existed and flourished in the Bolivian and Peruvian highlands: Tiwanaku was the ceremonial and political center of a architecturally sophisticated people. You should definitely contract a guide to enjoy the ruins in depth.
  • Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD. Its monumental remains testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilisation, which is distinct from any of the other pre-Hispanic empires of the Americas.

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