Ruins of Tiwanaku

Architectural buildings of the past


Google Image where we highlight the location of the ruins and the town.

Nearby the Titicaca Lake, in the Bolivian plateau are megalithic ruins of Tiwanaku, waiting to be decoded by researchers.

It is a big challenge for anyone wanting to find answers to the many questions that represents.

Excavations still unfinished, reveal part of the walls of what was the great pyramid of Akapana, a ceremonial center of staggered seven-story.

From the height of this ruin, facing to the North, you can see the imposing rectangular Temple of Kalasasaya, a building of large stones and two hectares, with a targeted building to the observation of the movement of the stars.

Other ruins that we find in this area are the Underground Temple, Putuni, Kantatallita, Kerikala, Lakakollu and Chunchukala.

Not less important and a few meters in distance is Puma Punku, a pyramid of great dimension, whose ruins show the large stones used in its construction and in which we can observe the use of staples for their union.

They are buildings showing the advanced degree of architectural development which became Tiwanaku.

For the common visitor means a site of recreation and ride that allows an encounter with an ancient civilization.

The visit will remain in the memory.

The ruins of Tiahuanaco show the advanced stage of architectural development that has arrive.

Drawings of the ruins of the first explorers

George Squier, W.C. Bennett, Edmund Kiss

  • Draw of George Squier found in his book, of the year 1877:
    Peru, incidents of travel and exploration in the Land of The Incas
    By E. George Squier, M. A., F.S.A.
    Late U.S. Commissioner tp Peru, Author of "Nicaragua", "Ancientes monuments of Mississippi Valley", Etc., Etc.
    With illustrations
    New York, Harper & Brothers, Publishers
    Franklin Square

  • Draw found on the book of W. Bennett, of the year 1934:
    Anthropological Papers of The American Museum of Natural History
    Volume XXXIV, Part III
    Excavations At Tiahuanaco
    By W. C. Bennett
    New York City

  • Draw of Edmund Kiss found in his book of the year 1937:
    Das Sonnentor von Tihuanaku und Hörbigers Welteislehre
    Von Edmund Kiß, Mit über 100 Abbildungen
    Verlegt bei Koehler & Amelang in Leipzig

Ideal reconstruction of the ruins

This ideal reconstruction of the Ceremonial Civic Area belongs to the bolivian Architect and Archaeologist Javier Escalante Moscoso and it is found in his book:
"Arquitectura Prehispánica en los Andes bolivianos, Producciones CIMA, 3era ed., 1997"

Ruins of Tiwanaku



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Panorámicas de Tiahuanaco



Underground temple






Puma Punku