Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz
Visit the World Heritage-listed archeological ruins of Tiwanaku, near the shores of Lake Titicaca, on this private half-day tour from La Paz. With a knowledgeable guide, tour the site’s adobe pyramids and temples, and learn about the fascinating history of the Tiwanaku civilization, which flourished for hundreds of years before disappearing inexplicably around the year 1000. Hotel pickup and drop-off and transport by private vehicle are included. You have your choice of a morning or afternoon tour.
Your morning or afternoon tour starts with hotel pickup by your private guide for the 1-hour drive to Tiwanaku, about 40 miles (64 km) west of La Paz near the southern tip of Lake Titicaca. When you arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins, begin your 2-hour tour with your guide, who will provide commentary about the site’s long history and the culture of the Tiwanaku people.
One of the most important civilizations in the Americas prior to the Inca, Tiwanaku dates back to around 200 BC and was a political and spiritual center until about 1000 AD, archeologists believe. Learn about its long reach across parts of what are now Chile, Peru and Argentina, and hear about the mysteries surrounding the civilization’s disappearance.
You’ll see the city’s main adobe structures — the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun), Kalasasaya temple, Akapana pyramid and the Pumapunku stepped platform — and admire stone stelae, carved stone faces and anthropomorphic relics. Your tour ends with the return drive to La Paz and drop-off at your hotel.