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“Excellent site to visit”
Review of Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku
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Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz
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Tiwanaku Full-Day Trip from La Paz
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Full-Day Tiwanku Tour from La Paz
Ranked #7 of 116 things to do in La Paz
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Owner description: This is one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in South America.
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Excellent site to visit”
Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

We visited this site whilst staying in La Paz and found despite the long journey, it was worth the effort. The site has only been partially restored but thanks to an extremely knowledgeable guide, we gained the maximum from our visit.

Visited April 2013
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Cusco, Peru
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“One activity: Archaeological Site”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Tiwanaku is famous for its Archaelogical Site. Better to visit the site with a guide because not much information is given if you are visiting by yourself.

Tiwanaku is a very small village: almost like a ghost town. The only thing to visit in the village is the Plaza.

One night stay is more than enough.

If you are looking to do absolutely nothing and just rest: this is the place to stay.

Please see my review of Hotel Akapana in Tiwanaku.

Visited April 2013
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Vancouver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The oldest civilization in Andean area”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Amazing history with many of the ruins rebuilt. Demonstrating the ancient civilization with their buildings and history. UNESCO site. Easy one day trip and very affordable.

Visited March 2013
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Amarillo, Texas
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“Interesting (especially for folks who like this sort of thing)”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Very interesting archeological site. Museum is sub-par, and a lot depends on the guide you have. A good guide will make Tiwanaku a good experience, but without a guide is is almost pointless.

Visited January 2013
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“Very interesting but keep your expectations low”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

I should probably preface all of this by saying that i am history nerd and studied Pre-Columbian America at Uni. We went for a day trip organised by Kanoo tours in La Paz which was well organised and exactly as sold. The ruins are exactly that, ruins. Around 60% has been lost so if you go expecting to see Macchu Picchu or Chichen Itza you will be dissapointed. I would also say that a guide is essential, the secrets of this place are still buried and very unclear and without one i think you would be very underwhelmed. Our guide managed to bring this civilisation to life though and even my partner (who refers to me as the most boring person of all time) thought it was interesting too. There are cool ruins to look at and when you hear how advanced some of the sciences were, you will be impressed. This place is high up on the Altiplano and surrounded by beautiful scenary, a very reasonable 3 course lunch for 35Bs was also availible which was good too.

On the way back to La Paz, we had a crash with another minibus (not our drivers fault at all, blame La Paz´s ridiculous roadworks), the driver and the guide acted promptly, calmly and made sure everyone was ok and got home safe. I would recommed Kanoo tours for this tour.

In summary, they won´t film the next Lara Croft movie there but it´s interesting and definitly better than buying your 400th Alpaca jumper on Sagarnaga.

Visited March 2013
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