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Archaeological Tours from La Paz: Tour of Tiwanaku Pre-Columbian Ruins

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  • Tiwanaku is Bolivia′s premiere archaeological site
  • See fabulous ruins, monoliths and pyramids of an ancient civilization

Tiwanaku, also called Tiahuanaco, is Bolivia's premiere archaeological site. Easily reached from La Paz, the ruins are the remains of a pre-Inca civilization dating from about 600 BC. It was a major sacred ceremonial centre and the focal point of a culture that was far-reaching in its influence and believed to be more advanced than the Incas in art, pottery, astronomy and mathematics.

The greatest architectural achievement of pre-Incan civilization, Tiwanaku is a mystery with virtually nothing known of this ‘lost’ civilization. Stroll around the ruins and visit the famous ‘Puerta del Sol’ or Gateway of the Sun, carved from a single block of stone. See distinctive stone heads on the walls, mysterious stone carvings, stone maps, calendars, high statues, monoliths, open air and semi-underground temples. Some stones weigh up to 150 tons!

History and archaeology buffs will treasure this tour to a bygone era.


(This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility to do the tour at your own pace.)

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken for an archaeological sightseeing tour to the Tiwanaku pre-Columbian ruins. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

Located on the north-eastern shores of Lake Titicaca, the Tiwanaku ruins are the most important archaeological site of Bolivia. Tiwanaku was the centre of a civilization that dominated the region for more than 3000 years.

On reaching the ruins, you will be shown around the Temple of Kalasaya, Akapana (ancient stone pyramid), the underground temples, and Puma Punku. Puma Punku is another 'temple area' with many finely cut stones some weighing over 100 tonnes. It is believed that it was a giant wharf.

There will also be a visit to the Anthropology Museum that houses impressive artifacts unearthed from the excavations.

Among the impressive stone works at the ruins are structures such as the Gate of the Sun, a portal carved from a single block of stone weighing 15 tons.

After touring the ruins return to La Paz and get dropped off at your hotel. There is also an option of a transfer to Lake Titicaca.

This tour ends either in La Paz or Lake Titicaca.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
  • For coach tour:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a coach
  • English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • For private tour:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a private vehicle
  • Private English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals & drinks
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
5 hours
Start time
0800h (08:00am) and 1300h (01:00pm)
Meeting point
Your hotel in La Paz. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Ending point
Your hotel in La Paz
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunblock. Be sure to wear comfortable footwear. Bring along your camera.

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