Touring the rebuilt ruins of Tiwanaku

While traveling in South America a few weeks ago, we had the chance to travel to Tiwanaku - an ancient site about two hours away from La Paz, Bolivia. Riding in a van filled with people was uncomfortable, but arriving at the site and hearing the history of the people from the region was well worth the discomfort. 

Located near Lake Titicaca, the site was once home to between 30,000 and 70,000 people from the Tiwanaku Empire, according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia. The impressive stonework features monoliths, statues and walls lined with sculptures of heads in one of the courts. When standing at certain points of Tiwanaku, you can see the church that was built by Spanish colonists 400 years ago, using stones and artifacts stolen from Tiwanaku.  
Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp
Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp

Standing in front he Gateway of the Sun at Tiwanaku.
Photo Credit: Our tour guide 


Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp

Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp

Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp


Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp

Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp

Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp

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