Tiwanaku

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Tiwanaku featuring heritage elements

Uncover the mysteries of Bolivia’s past in the remains of this ancient city, which contains remarkably preserved temples and pyramids.

Walk around the ruins of the ancient city of Tiwanaku. The archaeological site, also known as Tiahuanaco, was created by a pre-Inca people of the same name as the city. Although it has been ruined for centuries, excavations have helped to preserve the original shape of the city. Explore one of Bolivia’s most impressive UNESCO-listed sites.

The origins of Tiwanaku remain shrouded in mystery but it is believed that people settled in this area around 4,000 years ago. Imagine how people lived here between A.D. 500 and 900, when this culture is thought to have flourished. Incas arriving on the site at a later date believed that this was the site where the world was created by a god.

Explore this ancient civilization for a glimpse into Bolivia’s past. Visit the Akapana pyramid, a vast structure that originally consisted of seven tiered platforms. Walk around the remaining three tiers and look for carved stone heads embedded in the walls.

Find the Kalasasaya, a temple made of red sandstone and andesite. Walk into its courtyard decorated with two stone monoliths. The Sunken Temple, next to Kalasasaya, further demonstrates the religious significance of Tiwanaku.

Stroll around the semi-excavated remains of the city. The entire site of Tiwanaku is vast and no neighborhood has been fully excavated. The city center displays the clearest layout, with ruined walls giving visitors an idea of how it might have looked.

Many of the treasures of Tiwanaku have been stolen or relocated to exhibits around the world. Visit the on-site museum, however, to see an array of items that were found during excavations. Stand beneath the Bennett Monolith, a carved statue that stands 24 feet (7 meters) tall.

Join a tour from La Paz on a day trip to Tiwanaku, then explore the city on foot. Independent travelers can use one of the bus services from La Paz or Cochabamba and pay the entrance fee separately. The site is located north of Bolivia’s capital, near the edges of Lake Titicaca.

Come to Tiwanaku on June 21 to take part in the lively Aymaran New Year celebrations.

Hotel Akapana
Hotel Akapana
2.5 out of 5
Manco Kapac Avenue, street corner of the fence # 20, Tiwanaku, Tiwanaku
Fully refundable
The price is AU$69 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
This family-friendly Tiwanaku hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lithic Museum and Plaza 14 de Septiembre. Tiwanaku is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.
3.4/5 (43 reviews)
"The staff was excellent and went out of their way to make sure everything was fine The property was located at the best location for visiting Puma Punku and Tiwanaku. Heating could be better."

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Hotel Akapana
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Almudena Apart Hotel
Almudena Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle Carlos Medinacelli, 1022, Esquina Borda, Zona Sopocachi, La Paz
The price is AU$94 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Downtown La Paz, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Plaza del Estudiante, Witches' Market and Plaza San Francisco. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (41 reviews)
Best value in the area
"First time at this hotel in La Paz, we were pleasantly surprised by size of our apartment (#601), its decorations, comfort and the stunning views. Our apartment had 3 rooms, 2 of them with queen size beeds and one Jacuzzi, 2 full bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, dinning room and living room. Flat ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2018

Almudena Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Isabel La Catolica Nro. 2478, La Paz
The price is AU$145 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Downtown La Paz, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Plaza San Francisco, La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo. Witches' Market and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (138 reviews)
2nd stay at the Ritz
"2nd time staying. High-end apartment with excellent customer service. Staff very attentive and helpful. Really enjoyed our stay. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

Ritz Apart Hotel
VILLA TERESA, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia.
VILLA TERESA, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia.
Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly cottage is 10.5 mi (16.9 km) from Church of Coroico and 10.5 mi (16.9 km) from Plaza Mayor.
VILLA TERESA, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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