Blogs from Tiwanaku, La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku May 26th 2016

Lundi 25 avril 2016 Simon A une soixantaine de kilomètres au nord-ouest de la Paz, à proximité du lac Titicaca, se trouvent les vestiges d'une civilisation qui conserve bien des mystères... Cette civilisation serait apparue entre 2200 et 1200 avant JC sur l'Altiplano bolivien, ses habitants ont réalisé de nombreux ouvrages sur le site du même nom, plusieurs temples, une pyramide, des jardins et un 'ombre important de sculptures et de gravures. Le temps et les conquistadors espagnols n'auront malheureusement laissé que des bien qu'on peut passer à côté en les prenant pour des tas de pierres...d'ailleurs, peu de touristes daignent s'y arrêter. Pourtant, en les regardant de plus près, ces pierres s'avèrent plus qu'intrigantes...ce sont des quadrilatères aux angles à 90 degrés, aux arêtes vives, taillés dans du basalte ou de... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku June 22nd 2015

Après un voyage très chaotique depuis Uyuni, je retrouve Martin tôt le matin à La Paz. En début d'après-midi, on part pour Tiwanaku, où se trouvent les ruines d'un ancien village inca pour fêter le nouvel an Aymara (comme les Quechuas, mais de la région de la Paz). A 18h, l'heure est déjà à la fête dans le village, où les boliviens en tenue traditionnelle dansent sur du Queen, Kiss, Pink Floyd... Spectacle plutôt étrange donc. L'ambiance devient vite plus "cumbia", et là aussi, c'est vraiment surprenant de voir les mamas boliviennes danser complètement ivres, bières à la main, déchainées, et certaines d'une vulgarité insoupçonnable au premier abord. On boit, on danse, et même si on avait prévu de rester debout jusqu'au matin, on finit par se mettre en quête d'un endroit pour dormir. Tout est ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku January 9th 2015

Copacabana, hostal imperio, después de varias aventuras que nos han ocurrido en el camino, el segundo día en Tiwanaku lo empezamos con sol, después de mucha lluvia en la noche, fuimos a visitar las ruinas, la. Puerta de la luna, el alto de akapana, los monolitos y la plaza central ceremonial donde el 22 de enero será la posesión de Evo, todo el pueblito estaba en obra, todos muy ocupados en preparativos para ese evento incomparable, por eso vimos en el parque arqueológico de tiwanaku a un grupo de unos 100 indígenas que hacían los ensayos de la música y eventos que tendrían para la ceremonia del presidente. Tiwanaku es un pueblo remontado en la historia décadas en el pasado. Caminamos toda la mañana en el parque y pasado el medio día, terminamos el recorrido sentados ... read more
Puerta del sol

8 May 2014 Thursday. Our guide, Juan, picked us up at our La Paz hotel at 8 am and then drove to the Main Square where , a fellow Travelblogger who I have followed for several years, was waiting for us. She asked that we wait a minute while she checked a nearby coffee shop for her camera. Unfortunately, it wasn't where she had left it, and subsequent searches were fruitless. So some of the pictures is this blog were taken by Tara. As her pictures are the highlights of her blogs, we hope that she is able to get another camera soon. After this hiccup we were off for Tiwanaku, a pre-Inca civilization that flourished from 300 to 1000 AD. The Inca's learned much from this civilization; especially how to use fasteners to keep rocks ... read more
Tiwanaku platforms being excavated
Ponce stelle located in the sunken courtyard of the Kalasasya temple
Ponce stelle

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku April 27th 2013

Tihuanaco visit, on our extended stay in La Paz (waiting for passport :)... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku August 6th 2011

"We saw these huge heads. One had a chopped off head. Some had funny faces. There were huge statues. We bought some little stone heads. We met a nice boy and a girl." - Sofia Our second day in Bolivia as we were adjusting to the altitude we decided to take a day trip to Tiwanaku. This place was even older than the Incan ruins we were going to see soon in Peru. We got picked up at our hotel and joined about 20 others on a bus. It was about a 2 hour drive. We first checked out the museum....boring...but then we head outdoors to check it out. It was really cool. I especially liked the wall with all the funny faces. There were also some statues that were really neat and I had daddy ... read more
Interesting Pose
Strike a  Pose

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku August 28th 2010

the most significant archeological site Bolivias with ruins of ceremonial site of old cultures (600 years b.c.)... read more
leaving Peru for third time :)
on the border
the famous Tihuanaco :)

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku May 13th 2010

Everybody knows about the culture of Ancient Egypt that survived for more than 5000 years. Nobody knows about the culture of Tiwanaku that with a duration of more than 3000 years was the culture that had been second longest in power after ancient Egypt. Pumapunku, one of the sites of the Tiwanaku culture, has been interpreted as - Atlantis (yes, Atlantis in Bolivia!) - A site built by aliens (according to special friend Erich von Däniken and due to stone carvings that seem to be too exact to have been made by human hands) - A site built for aliens (Hello Mr. von Däniken!) - A port As the majority of the ruins has not been excavated yet, there is a lot more space for imagination and creativity... ... read more
Photo 23
Photo 24
built by species out of space...?

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku February 8th 2010

Paul and I took a day trip to a town right outside of La Paz, to visit the Tiwanaku ruins. To be honest, he was much more interested in them then I, but they were still cool. Good day to be there; half of the sky looked like the world was ending, grey and cloudy, and the other half was bright blue... weird!... read more
The Pyramid

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Tiwanaku November 9th 2009

Nov 8, 2009 Through prior research, we knew of an ancient city, Tiwanaku, near La Paz. We were not sure the best way to get there, so we booked a day trip with our Loki Hostel. The tour included transportation, lunch, and a guide (the best attribute because it was not self-explanatory). On our tour bus we met Amy (U.K), Dominique (Seattle), and Tim (Australia). Amy was “killing time” in La Paz waiting on her friends to arrive from Rurrenabaque. They had been stuck there over a week because of the bad weather. We were very glad we decided not to go because a week or more waiting for an airplane would have caused us to miss quite a bit of other destinations. Additionally, the bus route is the most dangerous in the world; the week ... read more
Our Awesome Guide
Us and the Statue
The Sun Gate (Calendar)

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