Tiwanaku trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Tiwanaku is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia.The site was first recorded in written history by Spanish conquistador Pedro Cieza de León. He came upon the remains of Tiwanaku in 1549 while searching for the Inca capital in Qullasuyu.The name by which Tiwanaku was known to its inhabitants may have been lost as they had no written language. The ancient inhabitants of Tiwanaku are believed to have spoken the Puquina language.StructuresThe area around Tiwanaku may have been inhabited as early as 1500 BC as a small agricultural village. During the time period between 300 BC and AD 300, Tiwanaku is thought to have been a moral and cosmological center for the Tiwanaku empire, and one to which many people made pilgrimages. Researchers believe it achieved this standing prior to Tiwanaku expanding its powerful empire.In 1945, Arthur Posnansky estimated that Tiwanaku dated to 15,000 BC, based on his archaeoastronomical techniques. In the 21st century, experts concluded Posnansky's dates were invalid and a "sorry example of misused archaeoastronomical evidence."The structures that have been excavated by researchers at Tiwanaku include the Akapana, Akapana East, and Pumapunku stepped platforms, the Kalasasaya, the Kheri Kala, and Putuni enclosures, and the Semi-Subterranean Temple. These may be visited by the public.Add Tiwanaku and other destinations in Bolivia to your travel plans using our Bolivia trip itinerary builder app.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Tiwanaku
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top Tiwanaku tours
10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $5,885
Duration: 10 days
Tiwanaku and Puma Punku - Shared Tour - BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $23
Duration: 9 hours
Popular things to do in Tiwanaku
Duration: 4 hours
Places to visit with Tiwanaku
Recently planned trips to Tiwanaku
3 days in La Paz, Tiwanaku & Copacabana BY A USER FROM BOLIVIA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 2 days in Puno & Tiwanaku BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Tiwanaku BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 18 days in Bolivia & Santiago BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in South America BY A USER FROM RUSSIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Peru & Bolivia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium