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“A fascinating archeaological site”
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Tiwanaku
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Tiwanaku Full-Day Trip from La Paz
Ranked #7 of 111 things to do in La Paz
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Owner description: This is one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in South America.
Moorea, French Polynesia
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“A fascinating archeaological site”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

I've always wished to see the Sun Gate and the Ponce Statue and I just did it on time. Very soon they will remove these important items for protection to the onsite museum, which will be less charming. There is a lot of reconstruction going on, but nobody actually knows how the place looked like. Will it be for the better?

Visited January 2014
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“Vast arachaeological site, mostly undeveloped”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Not too far from LaPaz, Bolivia, lies the large archaeological site of the pre-Incan Tiwanuku culture. 100,000 people lived there for several thousand years. There are temples, pottery, mummies, pyramids, even stone heads carved in memory of those who were killed in human sacrifices. There is a small museum with a good collection. The site is very large but only 5% has been excavated, and nothing further is happening as the local indigenous people now control the area and don't seem to want any more digs.

Visited December 2013
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Indio, California
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“A true enigma”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

These ruins, particularly those at the adjacent site of Puma Punku are one of the most significant ruins in the Americas because of the exceptional stone work. Unless one looks very closely they will miss the many clues that point to an advanced civilization that lived here. Many travelers used to seeing completely restored ruins may be disappointed. The museums at the site are an amateurish embarrassment. One museum is almost empty and parts of the roof is falling in.It's truly a shame the government of Bolivia, unlike Peru has not done more to develop their ruins. But the stone work is simply astonishing if one looks.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“No all that interesting”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

When we visited the museum was largely closed as it's falling apart. To be honest there's not too much to see here and there are far more interesting sites around the world than this one. After quite a long journey to get to here it was a bit of a let down.

Visited December 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
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“Top site”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

The historical importance of this site can not be underestimated. The site itself might be not so very spectacular at first sight, but is worth spending 2-3 hours. The site is partially excavated but the excavated parts are nicely reconstructed/preserved. The ceramics museum (included in price) has a very nice ceramics collection, at lest comparable with many antique (Greek/Roman) museums you find in Europe. The stone museum is a disappointment, it almost collapses! But still worth going in for the monolith. If you are not aware of the historical importance of this site you might less apreciate it than me, but it is stil the top cultural/historical site in Bolivia.

Visited December 2013
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