Tiwanaku Ancestor of the Incas

Explore the very best of Tiwanaku Ancestor of the Incas Day Tour with our nice itineraries.

Overview

  • A Day Tour leaves Puno at 6:45 hrs for Tiwanaku in Bolivia with stops along the way and back in Puno at 18:45 hrs.
  • En route to Tiwanaku guided visits to the Temple of Fertility in Chucuito, and a mystical experience at Aramu Muru Doorway on the road back to Puno.
  • Peruvian and Bolivian Border crossing process.
  • Upon arrival at Tiwanaku have lunch at a Local Tourist Restaurant (Taypi Uta).
  • Meet our Bolivian English speaking guide for the tour of Akapana pyramid, sunken temple, Kalasasaya temple, the Door of the Sun, museums and the enigmatic Puma Punku.
  • Free time for shopping souvenirs or get pottery lessons if time permitting.
  • Back to Puno by the same way.

Complete Itinerary

Depart Puno early in the morning, enjoying spectacular scenery as you drive through a series of interesting villages on the lake’s south shore and the Andean plains to Tiwanaku (also named as Tiahuanaco) on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca.

En route, your journey begins with an introductory explanation of Tiwanaku culture, Aymara Kingdoms, Inca arrival and Spaniards invading chronology.

Visit firstly the Inca Uyo, located in the historical village of Chucuito, with its elaborate stonework supposedly an Incan “temple of fertility” ever discovered. Once was capital of the Lupacan reign, sons of the Sun, one of the Aymara Kingdoms. The Aymara was their mother language that dates back from before the Incan times, fortunately until nowadays it´s still widely spoken among the natives of this region.

Then drive to Pomata´s viewpoint, a lovely place to spend some minutes for a great picture over the world’s highest navigable lake backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real range. If you would like to visit exclusively these sites check our Half-Day guided tour of Lupi Jaqe Aymara Route

Non-stop driving to Desaguadero borderline, passports must be presented and stamped at the both Peruvian-Bolivian sides of the migration offices. You’ll switch and take other mobility once you´ve made your border crossing. From here there is just a 35-minutes driving to Tiwanaku.

Upon arrival at the Tiwanaku (also spelled as Tiahuanaco) site, meet your Bolivian local guide at Taypi Uta restaurant. Now, let’s have locally prepared tasty lunch, rest for a while because then starts for some two hours the private guided tour of the Akapana pyramid, Semi-Subterranean temple, Kalasasaya temple, the imposing Door of the Sun, museums and the megalithic structures of Puma Punku.

This private tour on the Bolivian side would end with some pottery lessons (optional, upon request), where an expert Tiwanaku descendant artisan will guide you as you create your very own Andean ceramic pieces that you would take home with you or shopping opportunities at a local market.

Following that, you’ll head back to Border to Puno by the same paved road, do same border crossing process and take the mobility.

On the way back to Puno we’re stopping at the Doorway of Aramu Muru, a portal sculpted into the ancient landscapes by a mysterious lost humanity. This late afternoon, learn more about local legends while you get closer at the portal and feel the energy that emanates.

NOTE: Every Tuesday and Fridays border process crossing could take time more than expected due there is a local market in both sides in Peru and Bolivia.