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Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz

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La Paz, Bolivia
Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Uncover the ancient mysteries of the Tiwanaku, a vast archeological site on the shores of Lake Titicaca, on a private half-day tour from La Paz. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit the majestic pyramids and sacred temples of the site while enriching your knowledge of Tiwanaku civilization. Hear of the empire’s mysterious disappearance after thriving for a millennium, and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. Convenient round-trip transportation from your La Paz hotel is included and a morning or afternoon option is available.
  • Private tour from La Paz to the pre-Incan archeological site of Tiwanaku
  • Tour the ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a knowledgeable private guide
  • See adobe structures like the Kalasasaya temple and Akapana pyramid
  • Contemplate the mysterious symbols on the Gateway of the Sun
  • Learn about the puzzling details surrounding the end of the Tiwanaku civilization
  • Private tour includes hotel transport and provides a more personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up travelers from all hotels in downtown La Paz

Commence your cultural tour with pickup from your La Paz hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Sink into your soft seat during the scenic 1-hour drive and get acquainted with your private guide; listen as the historical scene of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is set and then feel your excitement heighten as you arrive at the Tiwanaku ruins, positioned picturesquely upon the shore of Lake Titicaca. 

Enrich your knowledge of one of the most significant civilizations in the Americas as you discover ancient structures like Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun) and the mystifying Kalasasaya temple. Hear of the city’s 200 BC origin and delve into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the empire’s disappearance while admiring the stone faces and anthropomorphic relics of various pyramids and platforms. 

Conclude your tour after an enriching 2-hour tour of the complex, then bid your guide farewell on return to your La Paz hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tiwanaku
Tiwanaku was one of the most significant Andean civilizations. Its influence extended into present-day Peru and Chile and lasted from around AD 550 to 1000. Explore its capital - the monumental city of Tiwanaku, located at the center of the state's core area in the southern Lake Titicaca Basin, where scientists have discovered plenty of archaeological evidence, and are still piecing together the meanings of the religion and how it may have contributed to the state’s expansion. The pre-Columbian archaeological complex is one of the largest sites in South America. Surface remains currently cover around 4 square kilometers and include decorated ceramics, monumental structures, and megalithic blocks.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo Nacional de Arqueologia MUNARQ
Our accredited guide will accompany you in the onsite museum, explaining what you'll see at each level.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Puma Punku
Included on this tour at no extra charge. Visit bewildering constructions at the mysterious Puma Punku archeological site that helped organize the ancient Tiwanaku state.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring bottled water, sunscreen and a hat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Fremen Tours Bolivia (FTB)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Lake Titikaka and surround area
Rashmi P
, Jul 2019
We changed our mind and instead visited Lake Titikaka and surrounding area. Nice spot to walk down the hill and rest on the shores of the Lake. Scenery from the road was spectacular
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The Tiwanaku site was a fantastic...
Jeannie M
, Jul 2017
The Tiwanaku site was a fantastic site to visit, with a lot of interesting archaeological detail on pre-inca and inca times. Our tour guide, Oscar, was even quite helpful in answering questions we had throughout the site. He did spend a lot of time on the phone, checking it many times during our tour, and also jumping on a couple of phone calls. We were even somewhat happy with the tour until the very end, when the tour was complete, and our guide took us to a restaurant to eat. After eating, he and the driver disappeared, and the restaurant came to our table with the bill -- we had to pay for his and the driver's lunch because he was MIA -- very shady!!! He then proceeded to fall asleep in the car during most of the ride back to La Paz. Unfortunately as a result I wouldn't recommend this tour, unless you can guarantee you'll have a different tour guide that won't pull the same shade.
star-5
The picture is very deceptive, but...
Gabriella R
, Jun 2016
The picture is very deceptive, but in spite of it, the tour was great.The tour guide, Oscar, was excellent and we enjoyed the tour on the whole a lot. People, however, should be aware that they are not going to see much of what they see in the picture because it is no longer there. The museum at the site gives a good sense of what is no longer visible, and the artifacts are interesting. The drive from La Paz is also very interesting.
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I was rushed because I was told we...
kim w
, Jun 2016
I was rushed because I was told we had to due the Moon Tour on the same day. My guide spoke 90 of the time to the driver in Spanish while we were driving. When we were at the site he was on his phone 50 of the time talking or texting. I felt like a spare tire. He was a pleasent person but not the best tour guide.
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This was a special trip to Bolivia...
Lucy Dalcy J C
, May 2015
This was a special trip to Bolivia as it was my children (13 and 11 years old ) first visit! Our guide was fun, interesting, congenial and professional. He is a great story teller and showed us many hidden secrets Tikanaku! Thanks !
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It was something I had wanted to do...
kevin k
, Mar 2015
It was something I had wanted to do for a very long time. I really enjoyed my trip and would highly recommend it. Thanks

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