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.
The Monolito Ponce is on the east-west axis of the Kalasasaya but more toward the east end. He or she is about 3 meters tall. You can see Puerta del Sol in the background of this picture. It is located in the northwest corner of the Kalasasaya.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
The El Fraile monolith is located in the southwest corner of the Kalasasaya. It is not as famous as the other monoliths but is nonetheless impressive.
insert finger and see the perfect flat panel.
Some researchers have concluded that the ancients constructed the site with astronomical alignments in mind called Celestial Observatories.
This is a view of the museums from the top of Akapana, looking to the southwest. You can also see the new excavation on the west side of Akapana in the foreground.
If luck is on your side, you may just find yourself in town during the Market day. The market is small, but really interested. There are many local campesinos that still hold their Andean roots.
This medium sized courtyard is studded with sculptured stone heads set into cut-stone facing walls and in the middle of the court was located a now-famous monolithic stela.