Description

Tiwanaku is the capital of an empire that extended into present-day Peru, Bolivia and Chile. flourishing from AD 300 to AD 1000.

Tiwanaku was one of the most important civilizations prior to the Inca Empire; it was the ritual and administrative capital of a major state power for approximately five hundred years. The ruins of the ancient city state are  about 72 km (45 mi) west of La Paz city.

 

Itinerary

Departure from La Paz city
  • Museum Lithic and Ceramic 
  • Visit to the Kalasasaya temple, the Akapana Pyramid, the Sun Gate and Ponce Monolith 
  • Traditional Meal 

Includes

  • Tour-Bus Shared Transportation
  • Bilingual Guide English-Spanish
  • Entrance fees for all attractions
  • Traditional Meal

Doesn't Include

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Spending
  • Tips

Bring with

  • Hat
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • Sun Screen

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice takes place in Tiwanaku every June 21st, date that has tow meanings for the Aymara cultura, the New Year or Machaj Mara and the beginning of a new agriculture year (the winter solstice indicates that the earth is in its farthest point from the sun)


The Amautas (Andean priests) celebrate gratitude ceremonies to the Sun and the Pachamama (Mother Earth) for the crops received. The ceremonies starts with the first sunlight sparks on June 21st , it is believed that the first lights of the su will provide joy, strenght and wisdom in life.

More than a thousand aymaras participate of the Andean new year celebration. 

Tiwanaku temple

The Kalasasaya Temple is a large courtyard over three hundred feet long. Near the courtyard is the Semi-Subterranean Temples. The walls are covered with tenon heads of many different styles, suggesting that the structure was reused for different purposes over time. It was built with walls of sandstone pillars and smaller blocks of Ashlar masonry. The largest stone block in the Kalasasaya is estimated to weigh 26.95 metric tons

Sun Gate

The Sun Gate shows unique detail and demonstrate high skill in stone-cutting. This reveals that tiwanaku civilization had good knowledge of descriptive geometry . The regularity of elements suggest they are part of a system of proportions.

Bolivia » La Paz » Tiwanaku

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How to get there?

The only access to Tiwanaku is with ground transportation from La Paz city.

From the city of La Paz to Tiwanaku :
  • 1.5 hours with private transportation