Tiwanaku and Queruni,
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- How to get there
Location and map
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.
When to go?
You can visit Tiwanaku and Queruni during the whole year.
You will depart from La Paz city to the town of Tiwanaku.
During the visit to the Ceramic Museum (Museo de Cerámicas) you will see utensils and other artifacts belongingto the village, urban and expansive periods of this culture.
Afterwards you will see the "Pachamama" or "Benett" monolith, dedicated to Mother Earth and the largest in Tiwanaku during your visit to the Lithic Museum (Museo Lítico).
You will visit the archeological complex, scaling the seven levels of the Akapana pyramid, the semi-subterranean temple with carved stone heads protruding from its walls and the Akapana temple where you will find the famous Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol). Each temple represents the different physical spaces: the heavens, the earth and the underworld.
At midday you will have lunch in Tiwanaku and then travel to the Queruni Aymara Community on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You will learn about their daily life and customs. They will show you the relationship between their lives and Lake Titicaca, as well as the "Totora", a species of reed that grows in the water. You will navigate on the lake and they will show you how they work with the totora.
After this interesting journey, you will return to La Paz city.
The tour includes:
- Private transportation from and to La Paz in a vehicle with compulsory insurance (SOAT)
- A bottle of water per passenger
- Lunch (soup and main course)
- English/Spanish guide
- Guided tour of the Archeological complex in Tiwanaku
- Visit to the Queruni Community
The rate does not include:
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Other insurance