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Address: Tiwanaku, La Paz, Bolivia

This is one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in South America.

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Amazing. Too bad not more study of this fascinating spot. Went to see the "Pachamama"(that's what he's called--the Bennett statue. But he's a HE...not Mother Earth. He has a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Roni K
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are a fan of history or archaeology Tiwanaku should not be missed. The stonework of this pre-Inca culture easily rivals that of the Incas themselves. Watch the episode of Lost Cultures of South America (BBC) about Tiwanuku culture before you go. A guide was worth it

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing. Too bad not more study of this fascinating spot. Went to see the "Pachamama"(that's what he's called--the Bennett statue. But he's a HE...not Mother Earth. He has a beard and round eyes. Indians didn't have beards, but he has offerings in his hands. Is it to the Gods or those who built even more exact Pumapunka before the Tiwankans!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First time I heard about Tiwanaku was while watching a Documentary based on Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods?. It might be total imagination, but I was since then fascinated about the claims he had made. So when I planned a trip to South America, it was a no miss site. I visited Tiwanaku as part of a Guided... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tiwanaku Empire's impressive history makes the visit to this location fairly mandatory. However, after visiting the site and the poorly developed museums, one feels let down that not enough is being done to revive the fascinating Tiwanaku history. In the end, I feel that one should visit the location and see as much as possible to understand the intriguing history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A World Heritage Site Indeed! Tiwanaku villagers learned and understood that the essential elements of the universe are including astrologies correspond and respond to the production of agriculture. The layout of the ruins were intricately explained by our guide and when you enter the museum, the exhibits are arranged and articulated to replicate this heritage during their existence. The guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a person interested in history and would like to know the stories of the past then Tiwanaku is the place to be. We had a wonderful guide who explained to us in detail the history and importance of the place and about the Engineering skills of the Incas, some of the stones and the carvings need to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Ancient Town with a still in escavation ruin of tiwanaku civilization piramid! Had a great lunch there!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though you can easily find transportation yourself from the cemetery, the tours are not much more expensive, and you get way more information. Buses from the cemetery will run about 30 Bs (so 60 Bs both ways), but you can book a tour from the bus terminal for 70 Bs that includes transportation both ways and a guide. The guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chasing my childhood readings of Däniken's, we visited one of his biggest inspirations - Tiwanaku and Pumapunku in western Bolivia. Here you can find a lot to think about: 130+ tonnes geometric blocks moved somehow from the remote quarries, details carved in the stone with precision we cannot repeat with laser and plasma cutters today and mysterious head, one among... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great drive although a little lengthy to site from La Paz,good educational tour,nice little museum,ruins quite sparse but enough to stimulate the mind,would recommend to fellow travellers

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