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Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno

Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno

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Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno
Tour Type
Historical & Heritage Tours
Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno
Maximun Altitude
3,885m (12,746 ft.)
Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno
Physical Level
Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno
Recommended Season
March to December

Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno

Price from: $ 96.00 USD (See: Price list)

Explore the gateway of the sun Tiwanaku in a short walk visiting different temples and impressive megalithic constructions in the Tiwanaku archaeological complex in Bolivia.

Tour Tiwanaku from Puno, Peru: Gateway of the Sun Tiwanaku

Bolivia ruins Tiwanaku 1 day from Puno, Peru, is an epic journey to explore the enigmatic ruins of the Puma Punku Megalith Blocks. The sun’s gateway is the Inca culture’s origin: “Discover the archaeological site of Puma Punku.” The stone’s work is the most intriguing thing about the Sun Tiwanaku gateway.

Tiwanaku Ruins: These stone blocks’ technical delicacy and precision are incredible. The thousand-year-old architecture in the Tiwanaku archaeological complex contains such accuracy that not even a razor blade can slide between the carved rocks. Visit the Tiwanaku Titicaca Tour in a unique and spectacular expedition between Peru and Bolivia—guided tours of 1 full day from Puno with a land trip via Desaguadero.

Explore the ancient ruins of Tiwanaku, a pre-Columbian archaeological site near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. This full-day tour from Puno takes you on a journey through history as you discover the fascinating culture and architecture of the Tiwanaku people.

Embark on a journey through time and explore the ancient ruins of Tiwanaku and Pumapunku on a guided day trip tour.


Tiwanaku Tour Overview

Discover these fascinating sites’ incredible engineering and architecture, and learn about the rich history and culture of the Andean people who once inhabited them. Visit the Kalasasaya Temple, the Gate of the Sun, and the Akapana Pyramid, and learn about the significance of each site from your knowledgeable guide.

At 5:30, the tour guide and the vehicle’s driver come to the clients’ hotel to start the full-day trip to Tiwanaku from Puno.

Tour Tiwanaku schedule

  • 05:30 The trip begins from Puno to Tiwanaku ruins
  • 8:00 arrival time in Desaguadero at the border between Peru and Bolivia: Visa control and currency exchange: “Within Bolivia, they use Bolivian currency; they do not use dollars.”
  • 08:30 A restart of the trip from Desaguadero to the Tiwanaku ruins in the local Bolivian vehicle and meeting with the Tiwanaku resident tour guide
  • 09:10 Approximate time of arrival at the Tiwanaku ruins
  • 09:30–12:00 We have an approximately two-hour guided tour of the Tiwanaku ruins, the Tiwanaku lithic museum, and the Puma Punku lithic blocks.
  • 12:00-13:30 Several restaurants are open at lunchtime on the outskirts of the Tiwanaku ruins or around the Tiwanaku town square. One of the typical dishes to try is Silpancho and Saice. Lunch is not included!
  • 13:30 After visiting the ruins of Tiwanaku in Bolivia, we return to Peru.
  • 14:10: We present our passports to register the exit from Bolivia and enter the country of Peru.
  • 14:40 At this time, we return to Puno from Desaguadero in our tourist vehicle. The trip takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Puno at the respective hotel of the travelers.
  • After visiting the Tiwanaku ruins, 17:10 is the approximate arrival time for Puno in Peru.

Important note about Tiwanaku Titicaca Tour

  1. Visitors must process their visa to enter Bolivia in advance (recommended between 3 and 5 days before the trip); the visa process is personal in Peru’s Bolivian embassies’ offices.
    1. Travelers can process their visas in Cusco, Arequipa, or Puno (Peru).
  2. From Puno, visitors start the trip by vehicle, and the driver goes to Desaguadero.
  3. The migration offices of Peru and Bolivia have been merged; now, it is a single office to expedite the review of visas, passports, and documentation to enter and leave Bolivia via the Peruvian side. Registering the visa in Migrations takes approximately 30 to 50 minutes.

Tiwanaku Tour travel distances from Puno

We have two travel distances: the first travel route is between Puno on the Peruvian side, heading towards Desaguadero; “Desayuadero is the border town between Peru and Bolivia.”

The trip’s second leg is from Desayuadero towards Tiwanaku on the Bolivian side. After the expedition to Tiwanaku, we will return to Peru by the same route to Puno.

  1. Puno to Desaguadero travel: 2 hours and 20 minutes. 147.1 km / 91.40 miles
  2. Desaguadero to Tiwanaku trip: 40 minutes, 45.4 km, 28.21 miles, 42 min.
Tiwanaku Tours Highlights
  1. Impressive ruins just outside Tiwanaku Town and a true wonder of the world!
  2. Explore the Tiwanaku Titicaca Tour of Akapana Ruins, “built 14,000 years BC.”
  3. Andes Sun Gate: Incredible construction cradled in the basin of the Peruvian-Bolivian Altiplano, around the Titicaca region.


Detailed itinerary of Tiwanaku Tours


Explore Tiwanaku Ruins from Puno

Tiwanaku Titicaca Tour: Our staff from Puno, as the tour guide plus the vehicle driver, go to the client’s hotel at 05:30 to start the trip to Tiwanaku. It is essential to bring warm clothing and rain gear since the climate is frigid in the Andean plains.

The trip from Puno to Desayuadero takes around two hours and 40 minutes; from Desaguadero to the Tiwanaku ruins, it takes 40 minutes, approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. Upon arrival in Desaguadero, we went to the Bolivian-Peruvian immigration control to present our visas and continue the trip.

In Desaguadero, we use a local Bolivian car to get to the Tiwanaku ruins. We begin the guided tour with the Tiwanaku resident guide, exploring the splendid Tiwanaku ancestral ruins, the fantastic Tiwanaku lithic museum, and the megalithic blocks of Puma Punku.

At the end of the guided tour of Tiwanaku, we have free time to walk around Tiwanaku or go for lunch to taste typical Bolivian tourist dishes before starting the return trip to Peru towards Puno.

Characteristics of the Gateway of the Sun Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku was the oldest culture in America, 27 and a half centuries ago, from 1580 BC to 1172 after Christ. You enter through a seven-step stretch in the middle of the eastern wall.

Tiwanaku is the preferred Andean site in the country of Bolivia. An area of 30 hectares presents a set of Templar remains of the Tihuanaku culture. There is a plateau between two mountains, some fields, and local communities within its environment.

Tiwanaku ruins I / Tiwanaku Titicaca Tour
  • Semi-subterranean temple: There are three monoliths; you can see 175 nailed heads in its interior walls.
  • Kalasasaya Temple: We have
    • The Estela Ponce Monolith (at the center of the inner courtyard)
    • The Monolith of El Fraile (at one end)
    • The famous INCA SUN GATE “sculpture of Tihuanaku.”
  • The pyramid of Akapana is an imposing pyramid structure of the Altiplano culture. Akapana has 800 meters of perimeter, and according to the chronicles at its top, there are beautiful buildings. In 1753, the Spanish explorer Diego Ayardeburo excavated the pyramid, searching for treasures, and destroyed the top. In 1900, La Paz-Guaquil used the platforms as a quarry during the railroad construction.
Tiwanaku ruins II
  • Agro-fields (Sucacollos): crops formed by elongated loins of earth.
  • Kantatallite: Its name comes from Aymara, meaning “light of dawn.”
  • Putuni and Khery Qala: The Ruins of Two Buildings, Putuni (Palace of the Coffins) and Khery Qala
  • Bennett Monolith: This piece measures 7.30 meters and weighs approximately 20 tons.
  • Winter Solstice in Tihuanaku Temple: A great manifestation of the Andes religion and customs of local sun worship. The central action occurs every June 21 (winter solstice) inside the temple of Kalasasaya in Tihuanaku. At dawn, those present gather in the temple and await the sunrise with their hands extended toward him.
Tiwanaku Ruins III: Puma Punku Mysterious Artifacts
  • Imagining a more inappropriate place to develop an advanced Altiplano civilization is difficult.
  • The first vestiges of the Altiplano (Aymara Inca) culture date from 400 BC. At best, 400,000 people lived in the area.
  • Puma Punku is not a port. It makes no sense to make that port.
  • Pumapunku culture flourished between 300 and 1000 after Christ.
  • The ancestral blocks fit together like a puzzle.
  • Stones are the size of a mammoth.

There is scientific evidence that the Puma punku h-blocks are artificial geopolymers!



Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

A light walks

Hiking Time

15 to 35 minutes

Starting Altitude

Puno City: 3,827m (12,555 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Desaguadero: 3,827m (12,555 ft)

Highest Altitude

Tiwanaku: 3,885m (12,746 ft)


Tiwanaku Titicaca Tour Full Day Included

  • Active itinerary in Bolivia ruins Tiwanaku
  • Private service.
  • A Peruvian person accompanies the group from Puno to Desaguadero “round trip.”
    • An English-speaking tour guide: Meeting with the Bolivian guide in Desaguadero
    • 1 1/2-hour guided tour of the archaeological group and the museum
  • Transport:
    • Peru area: round-trip transportation in the air-conditioned motorcoach “Puno-Desaguadero-Puno.”
    • Bolivia area: Transportation “Desaguadero – Tiwanaku – Desaguadero”
  • Entrance fee to Tiahuanaco
  • All Local Taxes “Tiwanaku Tour”

Tour Tiwanaku is omitted

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Spending money: allow approximately US$ 200–150 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips, and extras.
  • Tips: “Tour guide and chauffeur.”

What to bring for this Tiwanaku full day from Puno

    1. In Desaguadero, visitors must visit the unified Bolivian-Peruvian migration office to present their visas and stamp their passports. It is essential to mention that visas cannot be processed in Desaguadero! It is only controlled; travelers must obtain visas days before the trip at the Bolivian migration offices in Puno, Cusco, or Arequipa.
  2. Cash in Bolivian currency for extra services in Tiwanaku Tours that the client deems convenient. You can exchange Peruvian money (Soles) or dollars for Bolivian currency at the Peru-Bolivia border in Desaguadero.
  3. A good daypack is the Eagle Creek Afar Backpack or an appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings!
  4. Lighter trekking boots with good ankle support!
  5. One pair of hiking pants—not jeans!
  7. One warm winter jacket is essential. “Changing weather always.”
  8. Bring some meds!
  9. Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness
  10. Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher is recommended)
  11. Reusable plastic or metal water containers for your water
  12. Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips for your Kondor Path staff

Travel Guide

The Tiwanaku Tour is a guided tour of Bolivia’s ancient Tiwanaku archaeological site.

Tiwanaku is an ancient city in Bolivia that was once a thriving center of Andean civilization.

The Tiwanaku Tour can take anywhere from half a day to a full day, depending on the tour operator and the itinerary.

A Tiwanaku Tour typically includes transportation to and from the archaeological site, a guided tour, and sometimes lunch or other refreshments.

The cost of a Tiwanaku tour can vary depending on the tour operator, the tour length, and the services included. Generally, prices range from $135 to $290 per person.

It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended, as the site can be very sunny.

Tiwanaku was once a powerful empire that flourished between 300 and 1000 CE. The city was eventually abandoned and rediscovered in the 19th century.

On a Tiwanaku Tour, visitors can see the ruins of the ancient city, including the Akapana Pyramid, the Sun Gate, and the Temple of Kalasasaya.

The Tiwanaku Tour can be suitable for children, but it is recommended to check with the tour operator first to ensure that the tour is appropriate for the age and interests of your children.

The Tiwanaku Tour can be challenging for disabled people, as the site has uneven terrain and steep stairs. However, some tour operators may be able to accommodate visitors with disabilities.

Yes, visitors are generally allowed to take photos on the Tiwanaku Tour. However, it is recommended to check with your tour guide first to ensure that photography is permitted in all areas of the site.

Visitors cannot bring food, drinks, or smoking materials onto the archaeological site. It is also recommended to leave large bags or backpacks on your transportation.

There are souvenir shops and markets near the Tiwanaku site where visitors can buy locally-made handicrafts and other souvenirs.

The Tiwanaku Tour can be taken year-round, but avoiding the rainy season (November to March) is recommended to prevent muddy and challenging roads.

  • Yes.
  • Many tour operators offer Tiwanaku tours in Spanish, English, and other languages.

It is recommended to book the Tiwanaku Tour in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Yes, many tour operators offer combined tours that include Tiwanaku and other popular destinations in Bolivia.

Yes, it is possible to visit Tiwanaku independently

The Tiwanaku archaeological site is open daily to visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for certain national holidays.

The Tiwanaku Tour has no specific dress code, but visitors are encouraged to dress modestly out of respect for the ancient site and the local culture.

Visitors cannot bring their food and drinks to the archaeological site. However, there are food and beverage options available for purchase nearby.

Tiwanaku is located at an altitude of approximately 3,850 meters (12,630 feet) above sea level.

Altitude sickness can be a concern for some visitors on the Tiwanaku Tour, as the site is at a high altitude. It is recommended to consult with a doctor before the trip and to take precautions such as drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol.

Yes, there are restroom facilities available for visitors at the Tiwanaku site.

No pets are prohibited on the Tiwanaku Tour or the archaeological site.

There are no strict age restrictions for the Tiwanaku Tour, but an adult is recommended to accompany young children.

No, the Tiwanaku archaeological site is only open during the day, and visitors are not allowed to visit the site at night.

No, visitors are not allowed to climb on the ruins at Tiwanaku out of respect for the historical and cultural significance of the site.

Nearby attractions to Tiwanaku include the town of Tiwanaku, which has a museum and other historical sites, and the city of La Paz, known for its colorful markets and street food.

Some tour operators may offer discounts to students, seniors, or influential groups. It is recommended to check with the tour operator for any available deals.

Referential elevations between Puno Peru and Tiwanaku, Bolivia

PUNO CITY: 3,827 meters (12,555 feet).
DESAGUADERO: 3,827 meters (12,555 feet).
TIWANAKU RUINS: 3,885 meters (12,746 feet).


Full Day Travel Tiwanaku from Puno COST

Season 2024
Tiwanaku Tours: We run this travel experience

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 380.00 USD
2 $ 220.00 USD
3 $ 161.00 USD
4 $ 133.00 USD
5 $ 116.00 USD
6 $ 102.00 USD
7 $ 100.00 USD
8 $ 97.00 USD
9 $ 96.00 USD

*The 1-day tour service to the Tiwanaku ruins from Puno is only offered as a private service. We do not want to add more people to your group to have an epic and pleasant trip between Peru and Bolivia.



Tiwanaku Tour Bolivia From Puno, explore the tremendous ancient ruins of Tiwanaku and the Tiwanaku site museum, where unique stone monoliths are presented as spectacular and unique artifacts. The visit ends with exploring the megalithic Pumapunku blocks scattered in Bolivia’s different areas of the Tiwanaku plain.

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