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Review of Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku
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Tiwanaku Full-Day Trip from La Paz
Ranked #7 of 112 things to do in La Paz
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Owner description: This is one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in South America.
Hong Kong
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“could be better”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

this is a place with great historical value but sadly it was not very well managed as it should deserve. the monolithic museum, on my day of visit, was out of electricity so the guide had to show details on the Bennett Monolith with his light on his phone (and that didn't really work!). and in the other museum there were lots of display but details not much explained. (only in Spanish and our guide was in a rush in going through all stuff.. quite a pity). The ruin itself was impressive. Suggest to join some tour in smaller group so you can spend more time to really look at it in details.

Visited February 2014
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“Interesting but...”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

To get to tiwanaku will take you like 1-2 hours, it is worth it, but i think this place could be so much more. The ruins are impressive, but not well taken care of. The highlight is the puerto del sol. Make sure you have nice weather though..

Visited January 2014
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Somerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“This is History”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

A really good opportunity to visit and learn about the centre of civilisation before the Inca's. Before visiting I had little knowledge of this civilisation, I left a lot wiser but sad to see the actual excavations have currently ceased due to Politics. A must if you are visiting La Paz and also before you start to visit the Inca ruins in Peru. Little explanations actually available in the museum or the ruins so make sure you have a good guide to provide a full explanation of the history and the exhibits,

Visited January 2014
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Moorea, French Polynesia
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“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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Omaha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“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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