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Tiwanaku: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Guided Shared Tour

La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Guided Shared Tour

Embark on an extraordinary journey through time as you explore the captivating Ceramic and Lithic museums. Delve into the mesmerizing world of ancient artifacts, gaining profound insights into the past. Then, venture into the enigmatic wonders of Tiwanaku, where you'll discover remarkable sites such as the renowned Gate of the Sun, the awe-inspiring Kalasasaya Temple, and the intriguing Semi-Subterranean Temple adorned with nail-headed sculptures. Marvel at the colossal Monoliths and unravel the mysteries of Puma Punku's ruins and sacred enclosures. These extraordinary landmarks hold immense historical and cultural significance, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted. This tour does Not include: lunch and admission fees.

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Ruins Guided Tour

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Ruins Guided Tour

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in La Paz. Relax in the comfortable vehicle as you drive 70km from the city to reach Tiwanaku. Follow your guide through the sites as they tell you the history and about the archaeological digs that have taken place to uncover the secrets of the civilization that once lived here. Halfway through the tour, take a break to enjoy lunch and think about what you’ve learned. Feel free to ask your guide more questions during this time. Finish with a visit to the second site and discover what has been left behind. Head back to La Paz with your guide and get dropped off at the center of the city.

From La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Shared Tour

From La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Shared Tour

Embark on an extraordinary tour that begins with a captivating visit to the Ceramic and Lithic museums. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing realm of ancient artifacts, gaining a deeper understanding of the past. Next, venture into the enigmatic archaeological wonders of Tiwanaku, where you'll encounter remarkable sites like the renowned Gate of the Sun, the awe-inspiring Kalasasaya Temple, and the intriguing Semi-Subterranean Temple adorned with nailed heads. Marvel at the colossal Monoliths and explore the mysterious ruins of Puma Punku, alongside other sacred enclosures. These extraordinary landmarks brim with rich historical and cultural significance, offering an unforgettable journey through time that will leave you utterly spellbound. This tour includes lunch and entrance fees.

La Paz: Tiwanaku and Puma Punku Private Tour with Lunch

La Paz: Tiwanaku and Puma Punku Private Tour with Lunch

Itinerary: 08:30 a.m. Hotel pick up. 09:00 a.m. Departure to Tiwanaku. 10:30 a.m. Tour starts in Tiwanaku visiting the Museum’s exhibition of ceramics, mummies, Inca - Aymara skulls, jewelry, and more. Then, continue forward to the real Tiwanaku ruins such as: "Puerta del Sol", "Puerta de la Luna", the wall of stone faces, also included the famous “Templo de Kalasasaya”, “Piramide de Akapana” and “Pumapunku” Ruins. 02:00 p.m. Lunch. 03:00 p.m. Return to La Paz City. 04:30 p.m. Arrival at the hotel.

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

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. 

Tiwanaku - Pre Incan Ruins

Tiwanaku - Pre Incan Ruins

Tiwanaku, also spelled Tiahuanaco, is an ancient archaeological site located near the southeastern shore of Lake Titicaca about two hours from La Paz. It's considered one of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological sites in South America. Spanning several square kilometers, Tiwanaku is a testament to the advanced civilization that once thrived in the Andean highlands. The culture that thrived at Tiwanaku had a significant influence on the surrounding regions. Their agricultural innovations, such as raised fields and terraces, enabled them to cultivate crops in the harsh high-altitude environment, which, in turn, supported a thriving society. They also developed a distinctive artistic style, known for its intricate stone carvings and pottery. Today, Tiwanaku is a Unesco World Heritage site, drawing visitors and researchers from around the world. The site's historical and architectural significance continues to captivate the imagination of those interested in ancient civilizations and Andean history. These ruins stand as a testament to the ingenuity and cultural richness of the ancient Andean peoples. Its precise purpose and the reasons for its decline remain subjects of fascination and exploration, making it a crucial site for understanding the history of the Andes and its enigmatic past.

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

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

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.

La Paz, Tiahuanaco shared tour guided tour

La Paz, Tiahuanaco shared tour guided tour

We begin the day with pickups in the central area of the city of La Paz starting at 08:00 AM, and then begin our trip to Tiahuanaco, after two hours of travel, we will visit two museums: 1 CERAMIC and 1 LITHIC, and two archaeological sites TIAHUANACO and PUMA PUNKU. Once the visit to the mentioned places is over, we will enjoy a semi-buffet lunch with traditional dishes from the region, in a cozy and typical atmosphere of the tourist destination. After lunch we will begin our return trip to the city, ending at the Plaza Mayor de San Francisco, the central location of the city of La Paz.

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Guided Tour 1-Day

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Guided Tour 1-Day

The tour starts with the pick up from the hotel in La Paz at 7:30 am, to go by tourist transport for approximately 2 hours to the town of Tiwanaku. The first visit will be to the Lithic and Ceramic Museum where you will find archaeological pieces of the Tiwanaku culture. Then we will visit the archaeological complex of Tiwanaku (kalasasaya temple, sun gate, semi-subterranean temple, pyramid akapana and pumapunku) all this tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. After our visit we will have a typical lunch. Transfer by tourist transport to the city of La Paz.

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Tiwanaku: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Guided Shared Tour

La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Guided Shared Tour

Embark on an extraordinary journey through time as you explore the captivating Ceramic and Lithic museums. Delve into the mesmerizing world of ancient artifacts, gaining profound insights into the past. Then, venture into the enigmatic wonders of Tiwanaku, where you'll discover remarkable sites such as the renowned Gate of the Sun, the awe-inspiring Kalasasaya Temple, and the intriguing Semi-Subterranean Temple adorned with nail-headed sculptures. Marvel at the colossal Monoliths and unravel the mysteries of Puma Punku's ruins and sacred enclosures. These extraordinary landmarks hold immense historical and cultural significance, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted. This tour does Not include: lunch and admission fees.

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Ruins Guided Tour

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Ruins Guided Tour

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in La Paz. Relax in the comfortable vehicle as you drive 70km from the city to reach Tiwanaku. Follow your guide through the sites as they tell you the history and about the archaeological digs that have taken place to uncover the secrets of the civilization that once lived here. Halfway through the tour, take a break to enjoy lunch and think about what you’ve learned. Feel free to ask your guide more questions during this time. Finish with a visit to the second site and discover what has been left behind. Head back to La Paz with your guide and get dropped off at the center of the city.

From La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Shared Tour

From La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins Shared Tour

Embark on an extraordinary tour that begins with a captivating visit to the Ceramic and Lithic museums. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing realm of ancient artifacts, gaining a deeper understanding of the past. Next, venture into the enigmatic archaeological wonders of Tiwanaku, where you'll encounter remarkable sites like the renowned Gate of the Sun, the awe-inspiring Kalasasaya Temple, and the intriguing Semi-Subterranean Temple adorned with nailed heads. Marvel at the colossal Monoliths and explore the mysterious ruins of Puma Punku, alongside other sacred enclosures. These extraordinary landmarks brim with rich historical and cultural significance, offering an unforgettable journey through time that will leave you utterly spellbound. This tour includes lunch and entrance fees.

La Paz: Tiwanaku and Puma Punku Private Tour with Lunch

La Paz: Tiwanaku and Puma Punku Private Tour with Lunch

Itinerary: 08:30 a.m. Hotel pick up. 09:00 a.m. Departure to Tiwanaku. 10:30 a.m. Tour starts in Tiwanaku visiting the Museum’s exhibition of ceramics, mummies, Inca - Aymara skulls, jewelry, and more. Then, continue forward to the real Tiwanaku ruins such as: "Puerta del Sol", "Puerta de la Luna", the wall of stone faces, also included the famous “Templo de Kalasasaya”, “Piramide de Akapana” and “Pumapunku” Ruins. 02:00 p.m. Lunch. 03:00 p.m. Return to La Paz City. 04:30 p.m. Arrival at the hotel.

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

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. 

Tiwanaku - Pre Incan Ruins

Tiwanaku - Pre Incan Ruins

Tiwanaku, also spelled Tiahuanaco, is an ancient archaeological site located near the southeastern shore of Lake Titicaca about two hours from La Paz. It's considered one of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological sites in South America. Spanning several square kilometers, Tiwanaku is a testament to the advanced civilization that once thrived in the Andean highlands. The culture that thrived at Tiwanaku had a significant influence on the surrounding regions. Their agricultural innovations, such as raised fields and terraces, enabled them to cultivate crops in the harsh high-altitude environment, which, in turn, supported a thriving society. They also developed a distinctive artistic style, known for its intricate stone carvings and pottery. Today, Tiwanaku is a Unesco World Heritage site, drawing visitors and researchers from around the world. The site's historical and architectural significance continues to captivate the imagination of those interested in ancient civilizations and Andean history. These ruins stand as a testament to the ingenuity and cultural richness of the ancient Andean peoples. Its precise purpose and the reasons for its decline remain subjects of fascination and exploration, making it a crucial site for understanding the history of the Andes and its enigmatic past.

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

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

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.

La Paz, Tiahuanaco shared tour guided tour

La Paz, Tiahuanaco shared tour guided tour

We begin the day with pickups in the central area of the city of La Paz starting at 08:00 AM, and then begin our trip to Tiahuanaco, after two hours of travel, we will visit two museums: 1 CERAMIC and 1 LITHIC, and two archaeological sites TIAHUANACO and PUMA PUNKU. Once the visit to the mentioned places is over, we will enjoy a semi-buffet lunch with traditional dishes from the region, in a cozy and typical atmosphere of the tourist destination. After lunch we will begin our return trip to the city, ending at the Plaza Mayor de San Francisco, the central location of the city of La Paz.

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Guided Tour 1-Day

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Guided Tour 1-Day

The tour starts with the pick up from the hotel in La Paz at 7:30 am, to go by tourist transport for approximately 2 hours to the town of Tiwanaku. The first visit will be to the Lithic and Ceramic Museum where you will find archaeological pieces of the Tiwanaku culture. Then we will visit the archaeological complex of Tiwanaku (kalasasaya temple, sun gate, semi-subterranean temple, pyramid akapana and pumapunku) all this tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. After our visit we will have a typical lunch. Transfer by tourist transport to the city of La Paz.

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What people are saying about Tiwanaku

Overall rating

4.5
(15 reviews)

We were split into Spanish & English speaking group. Our English speaking guide provides plenty of information during the tours. Overall very pleasant tour, good pace which allows me to enjoy the day. buffet lunch (optional) is decent but the llama meat I ordered was a bit overcooked/chewy No AC in the bus (more a note for summer) & as my tour was on May1, not too hot after we open the window

The guide Leo gave us clear and complete explanations. At lunch, the food was good and in sufficient quantity. This excursion is very informative.

I appreciated Theodore's passion for the site and personable demeanor. He was very pleasant and knowledgeable, great person to spend a day with!

interesting visit but the fact of not being able to take a photo in the museum does not allow you to get memories. Friendly guide and drivers.

Our guide Juan explained the entire tour to us in a very interesting way. We loved it.