Full day Tiwanaku, the lost empire: Explore South America's oldest archeological site
3 Ratings
La Paz
Uncover the mysteries of Tiwanaku, South America's oldest archaeological site. Explore ancient temples, monoliths, and the enigmatic Puma Punku. Discover artifacts at the museum. Transportation and guide included.
Duration: 8 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Tiwanaku - Departure from the hotel, located in the central vicinity of Plaza San Francisco. The journey to Tiwanaku is roughly 90 minutes from La Paz.

10:30 a.m. Entry to the Tiwanaku Museum, showcasing the remnants of the Tiwanaku civilization that thrived from 1580 B.C. to 1180 A.D.

Subsequently, we’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed archaeological site. Highlights include: the Semi-Subterranean Temple of Kalasasaya, the central ceremonial site; the Gate of the Sun, a tribute to the Andean calendar featuring the deity Pachacutec; the Gate of the Moon, dedicated to the Andean lunar goddess Killa; the Akapana Pyramid ruins, which some scholars claim were once larger than Egypt’s Giza pyramids; and the notable monoliths Bennett, Fraile, Ponce, among others.

Following the site visit, we’ll enjoy lunch in the Tiwanaku village before heading back to La Paz.

4:30 p.m. Estimated time of return to La Paz (to Plaza San Francisco or Illampu Avenue, subject to traffic).

What's Included
  • Transportation
What's Not Included
  • Entrance fee
  • Tips
Additional Information

Embark on a journey to the oldest archaeological site in South America, remnants of the earliest pre-Columbian empire of the western hemisphere.

During this expedition, delve into the customs and enigmas of this hallowed locale by exploring the Gate of the Sun, semi-subterranean temple, Akapana, the concealed pyramid, monoliths symbolizing the priests (or shamans) during the zenith of this empire, and Puma Punku, a cryptic archaeological site.

We will tour the museum displaying a vast collection of artifacts from this empire, including skulls, instruments, golden jewelry, weapons, fabrics and much more.

This excursion primarily includes shuttle service from La Paz and a guide.

*This pricing applies for a minimum of 2 travelers, if you are traveling alone please get in touch with us for coordination.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Apr 1, 2024
Top Tiwanaku Tour! - Kevin toured my partner and I around Tiwanaku. He was very knowledgeable and fun. His English is excellent. We enjoyed the tour and the extensive history information he provided.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Nov 6, 2019
Interesting and well-organised tour - I'm sorry I can't remember our guide's name (Leo/Luis?) but he was excellent at explaining the story of Tiwanaku and weaving some key themes throughout the different sites, I really enjoyed it and found it fascinating. The lunch was great too and transport well-organised and easy. Would definitely recommend.
Review provided by Viator
Jan 4, 2020
Overpriced - By internet is overpriced, only the transport is included, the archeological site have a price of 17 USD (it's ok the price but not included) and the lunch have a price of 6 USD. They left us not at the hotel but "near" the centre of the town It's better to buy the tour directly in La Paz
Review provided by Viator
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up to 10 guests
1 Adult
May 2024