Short Itinerary: La Paz – Tiwanaku – La Paz
Highlights: Sun Gate, Kalasasaya Temple, Akapana Pyramid, Puma Punku temple * (only on a full day tour)
This archaeological site of Tiwanaku is a little over 70 km west from the city of La Paz towards the border town of Desaguadero. Tiwanaku (also spelt Tiahuanaco and Tiahuanacu) was founded around 1500 BC and after many years it grew from a small village to much larger city with population estimated anywhere between 200,000 to 1.4 million inhabitants in the period around 600 to 800 AD. At its peak Tiwanaku was the most important city and civilization center in the whole of continent and its influence can be seen in vast areas of modern day Bolivia, Peru and Argentina. It is believed that the people of the city of Tiwanaku where more advanced in pottery, astronomy and math than the Incas whom they predated.
Although the Tiwanaku site is still under investigation large areas have been uncovered and many parts restored. Your guide will talk you through the history of the Tiwanaku site and in both museums. For those who have visited sites in Peru you will be interested to find how Tiwanaku influenced many of the other civilizations further north. A visit to the site of Tiwanaku takes a couple of hours and some of the areas you will visit and learn about include:
For this tour, you get picked up between 8.00 depending on your ho(s)tel location and you get dropped off at around 14:00 / 15:00 (half day) 16.30 / 17.00 (Full day ) maximum. Food * and beverages are not included but after the visit of the site you will be taken to a nice local restaurant where you can have some typical Andean meal for some 35 / 40 Bs.
(* included on the full day tour)
DURATION : Half day (8:30 – 12:30) Full day (8:30 – 16:30 )
ELEVATIONS : Tiwanaku 3860 mts
MEALS : Lunch (Full Day )
– Pick up and drop-off at your hotel
– Private tourist Transport
– Bilingual tour guide
– Entrance fees
– Lunch (only on the full day tour)
– Personal Expenses
– Insurance of any kind.