In 2000, Tiwanaku was finally listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tiwanaku became an important social, political, and religious city for the ancient Andean, pre-Inca civilisation. They are believed to have been a multicultural and multi-linguistic society. No one knows when exactly the civilisation began but, according to information from UNESCO, people started settling in Tiwanaku from 1200 BC and left in 1100AD, probably because of climate change.
Since then, the site has been looted, destroyed, excavated by amateurs, objects were relocated (such as the Gateway of the Sun), and poorly reconstructed. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth visiting the site to explore and gain an understanding into this ancient civilisation. You can visit the museum and walk around the large site to see what remains.
Tiwanaku is situated near Lake Titicacca, about an hour and a half from La Paz. It is possible to go on a tour or get a bus from near the cemetery in La Paz.
This article was submitted by Teresa Keane from Independent Travel Help, @indtravhelp
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