Tiwanaku Shared Tour,
Full Day. The tour starts at 08:30am and ends at 16:00 hrs.
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Tiwanaku is located near the southern shores of Lake Titicaca on the Altiplano, at an altitude of 3,850 m., in the Province of Ingavi, Department of La Paz. Most of the ancient city, which was largely built from adobe, has been overlaid by the modern town. However, the monumental stone buildings of the ceremonial centre survive in the protected archaeological zones.
Tiwanaku was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 and 900 AD. The monumental remains of this great culture include several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates, monoliths and mysterious carvings of alien-like faces. Arriving later, the Incas regarded Tiahuanaco as the site of creation by their god Viracoca, who rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca.
The Tiwanaku tour runs daily from 08:00 to 16:00 hrs.
We can pick you up from your Hotel in the La Paz city if it is located in the city center. If your Hotel is located in the southern part of the city you will need to show up in our office to start the tour.
You will be transported in a shared tourist bus to the Tiwanaku Ruins.
During the tour we will visit the Akapana, Akapana East, and Pumapunku stepped platforms, the Kalasasaya, the Kheri Kala, the Putuni enclosures, and the Semi-Subterranean Temple.
The most outstanding structure at Tiwanaku is the Akapana pyramid, built over an existing geological formation. Roughly square in shape, it covers 16 sq m at its base.
During the tour we will also take you to the Kalasasaya Temple ruins. The temple walls are made of huge blocks of red sandstone and andesite. The blocks are precisely fitted to form a platform base 3m high.
One of the most iconic spots during this tour is the Gate of the Sun or Puerta del Sol. Constructed from a single block of andesite, it is estimated to weight at least 44 tons. Archaeologists believe it was associated in some way with the sun god, and was perhaps used as a calendar.
Near the western end of Kalasasaya is a similar but smaller gateway carved with animal designs, which has been dubbed the Puerta de la Luna (Gateway of the Moon).
East of the main entrance to Kalasasaya is the Templete Semisubterraneo, or the Semi-subterranean Temple. Some think this temple represents the Underworld, while Kalasasaya symbolizes the Earth.
West of Kalasasaya Temple is a large rectangular area known as Putuni or Palacio de los Sarcofagos, which is still being excavated. At the eastern end of the site is a heap of rubble known as Kantatayita.
Across the railroad tracks south of the main site is the archaeological site of Puma Punku (Gateway of the Puma). This temple complex contains megaliths weighing more than 440 tons.
During this journey you will also visit the Litico Museum and the Ceramic Museum.
After a trip back on time in this remarkable ruins we will transport you back to the La Paz city.
The tour includes:
English speaking tour guide
Shared Tourist Bus La Paz - Tiwanaku - La Paz
The tour rate does not include:
Entrance ticket to Tiwanaku museums and the Tiwanaku Archeological site