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Address: Tiwanaku, La Paz, Bolivia
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This is one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in South America.

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Tiwanaku Full-Day Trip from La Paz
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Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz
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Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz

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Going back in time before the Incas!

We went to Tiwanaku on a day trip from La Paz with a guide. There are two museums at the site as well as the ruins. The museums don't have any signs so I would recommend getting a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Jodhpur, India
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a seriously interesting place. The ruins leave a lot to imagination and the museums have poor information and only in spanish. Thus I'd recommend hiring a guide or reading up on them beforehand. You don't have to take a tour, it's quite easy to get there from La Paz. You just need to go to a street across... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu one should not have too high expectations, the area is not well maintained, however, it is a grandiose pre-inka archaeological site that is worth visiting, go in the morning for having great pictures of the temple of the sun.

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Karratha, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We never got to go to the real Tiwanaku, we were taken to the replica site in the middle of a round about driven around and that was it. Be sure that you understand what you are getting offered. We missed out on the real deal

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After battling though the endless expanse of El Alto, it's a relief to get to the peace and calm of Tiwanaku. While the history of this pre-Incan civilisation is interesting, as with many archaeological sites, some imagination is required to visualise how the place must have looked in its day.

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Prague
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Tiwanaku on a day trip from La Paz with a guide. There are two museums at the site as well as the ruins. The museums don't have any signs so I would recommend getting a guide to get the most out of the experience. We learnt a lot about the history of the Tiwanaku culture and their... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting tour we had a very knowledgeable guide. A bit shabby though which was a shame they need to keep weeds down. Paths are very muddy.

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Osaka, Japan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Discover a wonderful collection of ruins from a culture that preceded and greatly influenced the Incan civilization. The ruins are high up in the Andes mountains, and the theories behind them are very interesting and also mysterious. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in ancient cultures and ruins.

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is must see pleace if someone is in or nearby La Paz, it explains the ancient Andean culture and religion. Shame that there isn't enough fund to continue the exploration, the ruins are beautiful but the whole place seemed a bit unorganised to me, there would be still a lot to explore according to the guides, let's hope that... More 

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Nice, France
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Tiwanaku is a great place to visit if you are in love in the history of this lost civilization and want to see all the details carved on the stone. Akapana Pyramid is very little excavated and looks more like a little hill neither a pyramid. Don't expect anything as in Machu Picchu or in Palenque. The Litico museum displays... More 

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Tiwanuku is an archeological site located about an hour drive from La Paz. If you are interested in archeology and a bit of history this is a good place to go, if not this will not be the place for you. The Sun Gate, the Temple of Kalasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana are among the attractions.Tiwanuku was the capital... More 

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