Tiahuanaco Things to Do

  • Megaliths
    Megaliths
    by Assenczo
  • More of the same non Inca stuff
    More of the same non Inca stuff
    by Assenczo
  • The monokith and some carvings
    The monokith and some carvings
    by SirRichard

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    You've gotta see it to believe it

    by Assenczo Written Aug 28, 2006
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    The Tiahuanacu site is large and the sun unrelenting. Still, the section called Puma Punktu is a bit out of the way but should not be missed. It has the evidence that the whole hubbub about the Inca achievements is as much a product of the imagination as the alpaca products in the hands of a shoe-shining boy.

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  • The Faces

    by jlvillalba Written Jun 10, 2005

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    The famous carved figure on the decorated archway in the ancient (pre-Incan) city of Tiahuanaco, known as the "Gateway of the Sun," most likely represents Viracocha, flanked by 48 winged effigies, 32 with human faces and 16 with condor's heads. This huge monument is hewn from a single block of stone, and some believe that the strange symbols might represent a calendar, the oldest in the world. A huge monolithic figure, facing east in the direction of sunrise, stands as silent witness to an unknown civilization established around 2200 years ago.

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  • Gateway of the Sun

    by jlvillalba Written Jun 10, 2005

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    The entrance side of the Portal of the Sun atop the Kalasaya mound. The entire upper panel is intricately carved with a repeating pattern of the images seen in the view above. The monolith has broken and was found partially downfallen in modern times. It has been restored to its original position. The fissure is visible above the right corner of the doorway

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  • The Idol

    by jlvillalba Written Jun 10, 2005

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    This is one of two large anthropomorphic figures standings in the southwest corner of the Kalasasaya Temple. This one faces the entrance and is placed on the central axis. The andesite stone used at the ruins was transported from 100 kilometers distance. The sandstone was quarried about 10 miles from the site. With the exception of the Sun Gate, it is the most picturesque of the sculptures at Tiahuanacu, since its 7-foot height is almost covered with hieroglyphic-like carvings. No one knows if these carvings represent a form of writing or are merely decorative. Should these carvings prove to be aform of symbolic writing, what a story they might tell! The statue popularly known as El Fraile is almost devoid of carvings

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    The Ponce monolith

    by SirRichard Written Jun 3, 2005
    The monolith

    This monolith is located in the Kalasasaya, in the open air and faces west. Is not as big as Bennett's but is quite impreressive too...
    It also represents what seems to be a white bearded man, with many symbolic carvings all around him.

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    Kalasasaya

    by SirRichard Written Jun 3, 2005
    The west entrance

    This is the main temple here, and inside you will find:
    - The Sun Gate
    - The Ponce monolith
    - The Fraile monolith

    It is all surrounded by walls and oriented west... exactly to the Easter Island, where you can find also monoliths that are very similar to those found here...

    Coincidence???

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    Akapana pyramid

    by SirRichard Written Jun 3, 2005
    The pyramid in the background

    You won't really see a pyramid here, but a hill at the right as you enter the ruins. Here is supposed to be this huge pyramid, similar to those in the aztec or mayan cultures.
    Is not really much unerathed, in fact there is not even a path to climb. But if you go to the top, all you will see is a small pond and a few stone steles.

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    The Bennett monolith

    by SirRichard Written Jun 3, 2005
    The monokith and some carvings

    This 7,3 meters high monolith is also one piece stone and is totall covered by carvings with astrological, symbolic and calendar figures.
    It represents its main God, Viracocha and is placed inside the main museum

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    Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate)

    by SirRichard Written Jun 3, 2005
    The gate and me

    This is probably the best known monument here and an icon of the place. It is a one piece stone of 9 tons, 3 meters high, 3,75 wide, with many carvings representing the Viracocha god, and a calendar with interesting signs.

    It was found unfinished, and is thought to have been planned as part of a big temple.

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    The Museums

    by SirRichard Written Jun 3, 2005

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    The museums from Akapana Pyramid

    There are 2 big museums in the site. The first is that where you buy the entrance ticket. There is a patio there with sculptures, and 2 rooms, one with medium size pieces and one with the huge and impressive Bennett monolith.
    In the other museum there are many small pieces of ceramics and posters with explanations about the history and civilization of this people.

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    New and Old Museum Buildings

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    Museo Litico and Ceramico

    The new building, housing the Museo Litico Monumental, is on the left. The Museo Ceramico is in the older building on the right. You may only take pictures in the courtyard of the Museo Litico and in the lobby of the Museo Ceramico. You can see that many school children also visit Tiwanaku. Pay your entry fee to the whole site (including Puma Punku) at the new museum. The Megalito Bennetto Pachamama is now inside a big room in the Museo Litico. The Museo Ceramico has pottery pieces and shows the chronological development of the Tiwanaku civilization.

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    East Kalasasaya Entrance and Monolito Ponce

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    View of Monolito Ponce

    This is a view of the east entrance of the Kalasasaya and the Monolito Ponce (framed in the doorway) from the east side of of the Templete Semisubterraneo. I had to wait quite a while to get a shot with no people. Some of the monoliths are named after their discoverers. The larger one inside the Templete Semisubterraneo in the foreground is one of the oldest. It is made of red sandstone and is called Estela Barbada because it appears to have a beard. The Megalito Bennetto Pachamama (now inside the new museum) was originally found in the Templete Semisubterraneo.

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    Estatua sin Cabeza - Headless Statue

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    Estatua sin Cabeza

    To the north of the Kalasasaya is a small pit with another monolith called Estatua sin Cabeza. The head does seem to be missing. It was probably plundered long ago, as were many other statues and stones at Tiwanaku.

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    Akapana Pyramid

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    Akapana from a Distance

    The pyramid originally had seven stone-faced tiers, but unfortunately in the past, much of the Akapana stonework was scavaged to build railroad tracks, homes and churches in the area. It is now about 18 meters tall and covers an area 180 x 140 meters. There is disagreement on whether Akapana was built on a natural hill or was totally man-made. They have found no artifacts while excavating the middle, so that is the rationale for saying it was built on a natural mound. Extensive new excavations are being done now on Akapana. They may resolve this issue. See also a separate travelogue for more information and pictures.

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    Templete Semisubterraneo

    by AlbuqRay Written Dec 31, 2004

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    Templete Semisubterraneo

    This is a view looking across the Templete Semisubterraneo toward the Kalasasaya. It is a sunken courtyard measuring 26 x 28 meters. Its red sandstone walls are with 175 carved stone faces. See also a separate travelogue.

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