COMPLEX TIAHUANACO OR TIWANACO:
Is located 20 km south-eastern shore of Lake Titicaca in La Paz Department in Bolivia, was an important Pre-Columbian archaeological site of Tiwanaku culture, Where are the ruins of the ancient city, known as: Kalasasaya and other important buildings; Puma Punku, Door of the Sun, Monolito Ponce, Keri Cala, Putuni, Laka Kollu, the Akapana pyramid and Wila Pukara, which served as residence to the priestly elite. Many constructions of Tiahuanaco architecture have not been maintained due to the low resistance of the adobe (Mass of mud and straw, molded shaped bricks) against severe weather conditions in the highland region.
Here you can read the information of the most important places of the ancient city of Tiahuanaco.
Is a temple complex or monument that is part of the Tiwanaco, This Building is so unique in the way that it was constructed, shaped and positioned, and you will find incredible stones with perfect right angles, almost smooth as glass, as though they used machine tools or even lasers, evidence of ancient civilizations using modern technology.
An important building of 126 meters long by 117 meters. wide, inside there is a large rectangular sunken courtyard that you descend a staircase carved on a single rock of six steps; it passing through a monolithic door, in whose center is the "Estela" or the "Monolito Ponce".
Gate of the Sun
Is a megalithic solid stone arch or gateway constructed by the ancient Tiwanaku culture. The large monolithic cover is 3 meter tall by 3.75 meter wide; its weight is estimated at 12 tons. The lintel was carved in one piece from a block of andesite and is fully sculpted in high and flat relief, the center is depicted the God of Varas.
The Akapana pyramid, or sacred mountain of Tiahuanaco
Is a much eroded, seven-level pyramid measuring some 200 meters wide by 17 meters tall. Nearby is the Subterranean Temple and the Kalasasaya, the Akapana is precisely oriented to the cardinal directions.
In this tour, at 8.30 am. our private local guide and driver pick you up from your downtown hotel in La Paz to head to ruins of Tiahuanaco, at southeast of the Lake Titicaca at 70 km from La Paz (2 hours’ time of travel by paved road).
Upon our arrival our first stop will be the Tiahuanaco Site Museum, a collection of Lithic (Stone) and Ceramic pieces unearthed at the site. Of those most prevalent are the kero ceramic cups, which were ritually smashed and buried after ceremonies.
We will be continuing with our journey to the main places of the archeological complex of Tiahuanaco; The Sun Gate, Pyramid of Akapana, Monolith Beneth, temple of Kalassasaya, Museum of Stones and others.
Tiahuanaco have been inhabited as early as 1500BC, as a small farming village, but it was from 300AD to 1000AD that the city-state of Tiahuanaco reigned supreme, becoming an administrative center and pilgrimage site of cosmological prestige as well as a predatory state.
The site is in a state of disrepair but still stuns, as it boasts many carved images and designs along its walls and doorways, along with giant stone monoliths, the largest block is estimated to weigh 131 tons.
Then, we will visit to Puma Punku, a mysterious and enigmatic place and we will enjoy a typical lunch in tourist restaurant of Tiahuanaco. After the lunch, we return to La Paz, arriving at approx. 3:30 pm. and transfer to their downtown hotel in La Paz.
- Advice one day before the tour.
- Lunch in Tiahuanaco.
- Private Speaking English guide.
- Entrance fees to Tiahuanaco.
- Private tourist transportation.
- Others not mentioned in the program.
- Hotel in La Paz.
- Drinks and Snack.
- Extra expenses and Tips.
- Camera, Toilet paper and extra batteries.
|1 People||$ 199.00 USD|
|2 People||$ 199.00 USD|
|3 People||$ 249.00 USD|
|4 People||$ 299.00 USD|