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High on the Bolivian Altiplano, the city of Tiwanaku sits like a frozen time capsule of Andean history. One of the most fascinating and mind-boggling sites in South America, the UNESCO-listed ruins are believed to be the ancient capital of the Tiwanaku Empire, which once stretched across Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina.

The Basics
Tiwanaku is a pre-Incan archeological site on a remote part of the Altiplano, near the southern shores of Lake Titicaca. Not as famous as, and entirely different than, the ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru, this mysterious city has confounded scholars for centuries.

Given the high degree of knowledge needed to properly enjoy Tiwanaku, it’s recommended to visit either as part of a tour, or to hire a local and knowledgeable guide. Many tours depart La Paz for half- and full-day Tiwanaku experiences.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The ruins at Tiwanaku are a must-see for first-time visitors as well as history and archaeology buffs.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, and bring sunblock and warm clothes.
  • At 13,000 feet (almost 4,000 meters) above sea level, the high altitude can be a problem for many visitors, so take it easy until you’re properly acclimated.

How to Get There

Tiwanaku is located about 44 miles (72 kilometers) from La Paz, across the arid, frigid plains of the Bolivian highlands. Most visitors arrive as part of a tour or by public transport—colectivos headed to the ruins depart from the bus station across from the cemetery in La Paz; the ride takes about 1.5 hours.

When to Get There

You can visit the ruins year-round, though the best time to travel in Bolivia is during the winter dry season, from May to October. Tiwanaku receives fewer visitors than the better-known sites in neighboring Peru, and you can go just about any time without having to worry about crowds.

Tiwanaku Highlights
The ruins of Tiwanaku are made up of mysterious palaces, temples, and pyramids. Highlights include the 50-foot-high (15-meter) Akapana Pyramid, which was built using large stone slabs not found anywhere else in the indigenous area, and Puma Punku, where there is evidence of man-made structures that exist more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) below the earth’s surface.
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Fullday: Tiwanaku Archaeological Complex from La Paz

Fullday: Tiwanaku Archaeological Complex from La Paz

Tiwanaku is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia near Lake Titicaca and one of the largest sites in South America. Surface remains currently cover around 4 square kilometers and include decorated ceramics, monumental structures, and megalithic blocks. The site's population probably peaked around AD 800 with 10,000 to 20,000 people
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  • 9 hours
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US$50.00
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US$50.00

Full day Tiwanaku, the lost empire

Full day Tiwanaku, the lost empire

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Visit the most antique archeological site of South America, th remains of the first precolumbian empire from the western hemisphere. During this tour you will discover the traditions and misteries of this sacred place visiting the Sun of the Gate, semi-subterranean temple, Akapana, the buried pyramid, monoliths that represents the priests (or chamans) during the apogue of this empire and Puma Punku, a misterious archeological site. We will vist the museum where are many remains fron this empire, skulls, tools, golden bijouterie, weapons, textiles and others. This tour only includes transportation from La Paz and guide. *This price is applied from 2 travelers, if you are a solo traveler please send us a message to coordinate.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.16
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US$46.16

Tiwanaku & Puma Punku - The Ancient Civilization - Everything Included!

Tiwanaku & Puma Punku - The Ancient Civilization - Everything Included!

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Pre-dating even the Incas, the UNESCO–listed archaeological site of Tiwanaku shines a light on an ancient civilization lost in time—but visiting independently means missing the site's historic significance. On this tour, begin with pickup at your La Paz hotel and explore with your guide. Gain valuable insight into the meaning behind relics like the Gate of the Sun, the Kalasasaya Temple, and the Puma Punku complex.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47.00
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US$47.00

Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz

Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of Tiwanaku and the natural beauty of Lake Titicaca—the world’s highest lake—on a full-day trip from La Paz. With a guide, you’ll travel to Tiwanaku to delve into the 2,500-year-old history of the recently settlement. Then, absorb the splendor of Lake Titicaca as you stop at several points of interest and refuel with a lakeside lunch. Entry fees and round-trip transport from your La Paz hotel are included.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
Price varies by group size
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US$150.00
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Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz

Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of the Tiwanaku, a vast archeological site on the shores of Lake Titicaca, on a private half-day tour from La Paz. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit the majestic pyramids and sacred temples of the site while enriching your knowledge of Tiwanaku civilization. Hear of the empire’s mysterious disappearance after thriving for a millennium, and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. Convenient round-trip transportation from your La Paz hotel is included and a morning or afternoon option is available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$126.00
Price varies by group size
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US$126.00
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Private Guided Tour to Tiwanaku Site with Pumapunku

Private Guided Tour to Tiwanaku Site with Pumapunku

Visit Tiwanaku and Pumapunku on a private tour from La Paz that explores ancient, pre-Inca ruins set high on the Bolivian altiplano. Along with the convenience of door-to-door transport from La Paz, exploring with a private guide means you can enjoy the day at your own pace, with time to truly experience Pumapunku, a lesser-known site that group tours often speed through or skip altogether.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$198.72
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TIWANAKU RUINS. Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture.

TIWANAKU RUINS. Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture.

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The city of Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD. Its monumental remains testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilisation, which is distinct from any of the other pre-Hispanic empires of the Americas. The public - religious space of this city is shaped by a series of architectural structures that correspond to different periods of cultural accessions: Temple Semi-underground, Kalasasaya's Temple, Akapana's Pyramid, Pumapumku's Pyramid. In addition, the area politician - administrative officer is represented by structures as the Palace of Putuni and Kantatallita. This architectural complex reflects the complex political structure of the period and its strong religious nature. The most imposing monument at Tiwanaku is the Pyramid of Akapana. One of the most popular places to visit in South America.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$25.00
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US$25.00

Full day Tiwanaku, the lost empire PRIVATE

Full day Tiwanaku, the lost empire PRIVATE

Visit the most antique archeological site of South America, th remains of the first precolumbian empire from the western hemisphere. During this tour you will discover the traditions and misteries of this sacred place visiting the Sun of the Gate, semi-subterranean temple, Akapana, buried pyramid, monoliths that represents the priests (or chamans) during the apogue of this empire. As well we visit Puma Punku, a misterious archeological site. You will vist the museum where are many remains fron this empire, skulls, tools, golden bijouterie, weapons, textiles and others. This tour is included lunch and the assistance of a professional guide in history, culture and archeology. *This price is applied from 2 travelers, if you are a solo traveler please send us a message to coordinate.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$116.93
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US$116.93

Tiwanaku Temple Half-Day Tour

Tiwanaku Temple Half-Day Tour

Visit the ancient city of Tiwanaku from La Paz on a half-day tour that features door-to-door service from your hotel. Traveling by private vehicle means more time to explore pre-Inca temples and the Tiwanaku museums, and since the trip from La Paz to Tiwanaku passes through the high-altitude countryside, it’s a great chance to see traditional agriculture and villages with sweeping views of the Bolivian Andes.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$110.00
Price varies by group size
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US$110.00
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Half day La Paz and Tiwanaku - Bolivia

Half day La Paz and Tiwanaku - Bolivia

We will explore the ruins of Tiwanaku the greatest power before the emergence of the Inca Empire, visit its main ceremonial center, the impressive carvings, stone monoliths, including the Puerta del Sol carved in a single solid stone and the visualization of a calendar and the deity that have not yet been deciphered, a pyramid used for ritual sacrifices and the museum where the pieces found on the site are exhibited.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$215.39
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Half day La Paz, Tiwanaku and Desaguadero - Bolivia

Half day La Paz, Tiwanaku and Desaguadero - Bolivia

The possibility of knowing a new culture, appreciate beautiful landscapes and architectural decorations until ending on the border of Bolivia - Peru.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$280.00
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US$280.00
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Full Day Tiwanaku Archeological Site Shared Tour

Full Day Tiwanaku Archeological Site Shared Tour

The Legend of the White God "KON TIKI" comes alive, while we visit the ruins of this millenary culture, This Culture according to HISTORY CHANEL is an Alien civilization, who took care of the amazing shorts of PUMA PUNKU Please, write the name of your Hotel, , the hotel address, your whatsapp number and wait at the reception of the same at the agreed time If you want PRIVATE or GRUPAL service prices please contact us
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$20.00
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La Paz City - Tihuanaku - Half Day

La Paz City - Tihuanaku - Half Day

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The Legend of the White God "KON TIKI" comes alive, while we visit the ruins of this millenary culture, This Culture according to HISTORY CHANEL is an Alien civilization, who took care of the amazing shorts of PUMA PUNKU Please, write the name of your Hotel, , the hotel address, your whatsapp number and wait at the reception of the same at the agreed time. *INCLUDES* SHARED TRANSPORT / BILINGUAL TOUR GUIDE
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$20.00
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4 Days Bolivia Private Luxury Tour with English Guide from La Paz Bolivia

4 Days Bolivia Private Luxury Tour with English Guide from La Paz Bolivia

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If you’ve got limited time in Bolivia, take advantage of the country’s relatively small size and tick off multiple highlights with ease on a private tour from La Paz. As well as receiving undivided attention throughout the tour, you’ll benefit from the insider knowledge of a guide as you explore Uyuni, Copacabana, and Salar de Uyuni. Plus, all meals, accommodation, transfers, and activities are arranged in advance for a seamless and stress-free experience.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,538.47
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6-Day Bolivia Private Tour: La Paz-Uyuni Salt Flats-Lake Titicaca-Tihuanacu

6-Day Bolivia Private Tour: La Paz-Uyuni Salt Flats-Lake Titicaca-Tihuanacu

See more of Bolivia in less time on a stress-free private tour from La Paz. Skip the hassle of renting a car or navigating public transport, and enjoy easy transportation in a private vehicle and the undivided attention of a guide. Visit highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Tiwanaku ruins, the Uyuni Salt Flats, and Lake Titicaca. No detail is overlooked: your tour includes meals, accommodations, transfers, and entrance fees.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,846.16
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Tour Bolivia 08 Days (shared Service)

Tour Bolivia 08 Days (shared Service)

Come and discover with us a country without equal in its cultural diversity, 08 days where we will visit The Lake "TITIKAKA and the ISLA del SOL" / The Archaeological Site of "TIWANAKU" / "THE UYUNI SALT LAKE / SAJAMA.. the National Park, where you´ll enjoy the Termal water, The Bolivia´s Sistine church / The Indinenous Cementery and the Highest Bolivia´s Pick./ The administrative headquarters of Bolivia "LA CIUDAD DE LA PAZ" together its beautiful VALLE DE LA LUNA - THE CABLECAR OF THE CITY - THE MAGIC MARKET OF THE WITCHES etc ......... Of the 4.700 m.s.n.m. We will descend to the warm lands of the BOLIVIAN YUNGAS visiting the famous "ROAD OF DEATH" to the 1,200 meters high we will visit "SENDA VERDE", the Wild Animal Refuge ... and much more. To perform this service a minimum of 2 people is required ( SHARED Service) Write us to register and reserve a place in the group If you want private or GRUPAL service prices , please contact us
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,100.00
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US$1,100.00

Tour Bolivia 10 Days (shared Service)

Tour Bolivia 10 Days (shared Service)

Come and discover with us a country without equal in its cultural diversity, 10 days where we will visit The Lake "TITIKAKA and the ISLA del SOL" / The Archaeological Site of "TIWANAKU" / The largest lithium reserve in the world "EL SALAR de UYUNI" / The Silver City "THE CITY OF POTOSI" / The Capital of Bolivia " THE CITY OF SUCRE " / The administrative headquarters of Bolivia "LA CIUDAD DE LA PAZ" together its beautiful VALLE DE LA LUNA - THE CABLECAR OF THE CITY - THE MAGIC MARKET OF THE WITCHES etc ......... Of the 4.700 m.s.n.m. We will descend to the warm lands of the BOLIVIAN YUNGAS visiting the famous "ROAD OF DEATH" to the 1,200 meters high we will visit "SENDA VERDE", the Wild Animal Refuge ... and much more. To perform this service a minimum of 2 people is required ( Mix Service Write us to register and enjoy BOLIVIA
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,130.00
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7-Days Exploration in Bolivia, including La Paz, Sun Island, Uyuni and Colchani

7-Days Exploration in Bolivia, including La Paz, Sun Island, Uyuni and Colchani

Get ready to experience a unique 7-day trip to Bolivia, visiting its main highlights! Main Highlights: Tiwanaku Temple La Paz city Moon Valley Uyuni salt flat Train cemetery Salt museum Incahuasi Island Coquesa Mummies Red Lagoon Green Lagoon Sun Island Chañi Island
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  • 7 days
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US$2,321.00
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5-Days Discovery at La Paz, Moon Valley and Uyuni in Bolivia

5-Days Discovery at La Paz, Moon Valley and Uyuni in Bolivia

Get ready to experience a unique trip in Bolivia, getting to know its main highlights! Here are the highlights of the trip,  Tiwanaku Temple La Paz city Moon Valley Uyuni salt flat Train cemetery Salt museum Incahuasi Island Coquesa Mummies
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  • 5 days
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US$1,231.00
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4-Days Discovery at La Paz, Uyuni and Colchani in Bolivia

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Get ready for a unique experience which will allow you to know the mail highlights of Bolivia in a perfect tailor-made 4 days package!  Highlights: Tiwanaku Temple La Paz city Moon Valley Uyuni salt flat Train cemetery Salt museum Incahuasi Island Coquesa Mummies
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  • 4 days
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US$1,016.00
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Visita *BOLIVIA* ( TOUR BOLIVIA 10 DAYS)

Visita *BOLIVIA* ( TOUR BOLIVIA 10 DAYS)

10 DAYS TO DISCOVER A LITTLE BOLIVIA, WHERE WE WILL VISIT, THE GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS, THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE, THE BIGGEST LITHIO RESERVE OF BOLIVIA, THE TITIKAKA LAKE AND THE ISLAND OF THE SUN, WE ALSO OFFER YOU TO ENJOY OUR GASTRONOMY BY SHARING A SHOW OF MUSIC AND DANCE OF BOLIVIA
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  • 10 days
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6-Days Bolivia Majestic

6-Days Bolivia Majestic

This is a unique experience to get to know Bolivia beautiful and one-of-a-kind landscapes and highlights.
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  • 6 days
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