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“Amazing and Sad”
Review of Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku
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Tiwanaku Full-Day Trip from La Paz
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Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz
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Full-Day Tiwanku Tour from La Paz
Ranked #7 of 119 things to do in La Paz
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Owner description: This is one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in South America.
Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is an amazing site, and to actually see what early man was capable of doing, supposedly with minimal tools, will blow you away. The grounds itself and the museums are a sad reflection on Bolivia. The local town is in charge of upkeep on the museums, and it is quickly obvious that they are funneling money elsewhere. The site itself needs more excavation which is not now allowed due to the amount of treasures that were smuggled out of the country. The empty showcases in the main museums make me wonder if smuggling is still a problem. What a treasure that is going uncared for.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

There are much better ruins to be seen in South America & much better things to do in La Paz than waste time with this pretty average site.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This site is small compared to those in the Sacred Valley (Peru). If you have been lucky enough to visit many ruins throughout the world, then you will likely be underwhelmed by these ones. Of course, I appreciate that they are VERY old, but if I hadn't had so much extra time in La Paz, I would have been happy to miss this site. I went on one of the $10 whole day tours out to the site, which included transport and an English-speaking guide. The entrance fees were extra (and literally cost ten times more for foreigners than locals), and I brought my own lunch as opposed to eating at the one, expensive group lunch spot. The site has a few very famous monoliths. The descriptions provided basically describe the physical attributes of the monoliths (which one can observe on one's own) but do not go into any other descriptions or explanations - perhaps because nothing is known about the artifacts. There is a small museum with some stone and pottery type artifacts. I was surprised to find that 80% of the site is still underground and that a portion of the visible site has, in fact, been reconstructed. I was underwhelmed by my visit, and I wouldn't recommend a trip out to it, unless you have die-hard interest in archeological sites or simply have a lot of extra time during your visit.

Thank VancouverOutside
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

A ceremonial site with 125 heads all unique representing emotiions and different ethnicities. Simply marvellous. monoliths which beat all others and an echoing courtyard. This is a good site to pick up ancient shards of pottery.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is definitely worth visiting as it less than two hours away from La Paz by bus. The ruins here are Pre-Inca and most of them are well preserved. Bolivia has a rich history but unfortunately it is economically poor; so it is great to see the government is trying to preserve its archaeological sites. I would definitely recommend hiring a guide as the information around the sites and inside the museum is very limited.

FYI-there are two different entrance fees, one for the museum and the other for the archaeological site.

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