April 10, 2019


When it comes to Andean civilizations, Tiwanaku is the one that holds the most mystery and its located two hours away from La Paz, one of Bolivia’s capitals. Many people visit the ancient ruins every year getting awed by the spectacular monuments found in the museums.

One of the most representative rune of the Tiwanaku civilization is “Monolito Bennett”, a 7 meter monolith that weighs over 20 tons. It has different symbols carved on it, no one has deciphered them yet. There are two smaller monoliths you can see in the location.

Another important structure of the civilization is “La Puerta del Sol” or “The Gate of Sun.” At the center of the gate lies the image of Viracocha, the Sun God and one of the most important deities of the Bolivian civilization. He is surrounded by 24 rays of light, each one representing an hour of the day.

While not as popular as the Mayan, Aztec or Inca civilizations, the Bolivian Civilization of Tiwanaku is one of the most important Pre-Hispanic cultures of the Andean region. One of the most impressive things about this site is the fact that the stone quarry where this stones originated is located on the western shore of the Titicaca Lake, about 15 kilometers away.

Another museum offers a brief recap of the Bolivian civilization as well as many vases, weapons and other objects. One of the highlights are the curious looking mummies, which were buried in a very unique and peculiar way.

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