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Tiwanaku: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

1. La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your hotel in central La Paz at around 7:30 AM, you'll head to Tiwanaku to explore the most important archaeological site in Bolivia.  Located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, the city of Tiwanaku, also spelled Tiahuanaco, was the capital of a powerful pre-Incan civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 AD and 900 AD. Arriving later, the Incas regarded Tiwanaku as the site where their god Viracocha rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca. With your guide, you'll explore this monumental site that includes several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates, and mysterious rock carvings of alien-like faces. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to La Paz. 

From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

2. From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

Enjoy a visit to the ruins of Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca in a single day accompanied by a local guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Paz at 8:00 AM to go to the town of Tiwanaku, where mysterious ruins of the Inca Empire are located. Hear about the mysteries of the Monolith, and learn about Incan culture from your guide. See the "Puerta del Sol", the "Puerta de la Luna", the "Temple of Kalasasaya." Visit the Archaeological Museum in Tiwanaku, where you can see an array of Incan artifacts. Afterwards, stop for a local lunch in the village.  After lunch, continue to Huatajata, a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet people who build "totora boats" and experience a ride on one of these vessels through the waters of the lake. Take the opportunity to snap photos of the natural beauty of the area. Return to La Paz at approximately 4:00 PM

Private Tour of Tiwanaku Ruins from La Paz

3. Private Tour of Tiwanaku Ruins from La Paz

The tour begins with a pick-up from your Hotel in La Paz. Travel in private, comfortable and fully equipped transportation with your expert guide to the town of Tiwanaku, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route, see picturesque Andean landscapes with animals, flora and much more. Arriving in the village after a two-hour trip, visit the most important archaeological museum of one of the oldest civilizations in America. See a ceramic museum, Litic Museum, Akapana Pyramid, Kantatalite, semi-subterranean temple, Kalasasaya temple (Puerta de Sol), Putuni temple, Moon Gate and Pumapunku Pyramid. An expert guide will explain all the history of this culture on your guided visit to the archaeological site. After the two-hour tour, enjoy a break and have a lunch of local food. Then return to La Paz in your private vehicle.

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What people are saying about Tiwanaku

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

The guide Juan very competently explained the cultural and social background at the time when these buildings were built. His English was very good. The lunch was great. The llama meat tastes a bit like veal. We were also able to see the locals' market, which is only taking place annually. The technical skills of the builders of the systems are still a mystery today. Recommended for those interested in these things.

Fantastic tour of the site and its museums. They take care of you from when you leave your hotel to when you come back. And always very informative. Highly recommend our guide, Alvaro, with this tour.

We had to cancel as we both came down with stomach issues too severe to travel that day. They were nice about it and responded right away on our cancellation communication the night before.

Our guide Juan was excellent, extremely knowledgeable and kind. Also the driver, Christian, was very careful and we felt very safe with him. We had a wonderful day!

Great experience, very good. The best guide and a lot of charisma.