The central mound of Tiwanaku.

The Ruins Of Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku, Bolivia

July 5, 2014

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On our last day in La Paz we decided to visit the ruins of Tiwanaku.  An ancient city just south of La Paz inhabited from 300 AD to 1000 AD and known for its elaborate precision stone work.  We took a one hour bus  ride and toured the ruins for a few hours before returning to La Paz.

The central mound of Tiwanaku.
The central mound of Tiwanaku.
The view of the wide flat valley in which Tiwanaku sits.
The view of the wide flat valley in which Tiwanaku sits.

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A doorway to a temple cut with perfectly smooth stone.
A doorway to a temple cut with perfectly smooth stone.

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Backside of the doorway
Backside of the doorway

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Along some of the walls were dozens of uniquely carved heads protruding from the stone walls.

Compelling evidence of alien visitors?
Compelling evidence of alien visitors?

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Scattered throughout the ruins were statues ranging in height of around 10 feet to 24 feet.

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The Pachamama Statue, is 24 feet high and carved from a single piece of stone and is covered with delicate pictures.
The Pachamama Statue, is 24 feet high and carved from a single piece of stone and is covered with delicate pictures.

Tiwanaku is famous for its delicate stone work.  Many of the stones are cut so perfectly and smoothly that some think they couldn’t have been made by the local people thousands of years ago.  We inspected many of the stones and found them to be cut or carved almost perfectly as well, with many delicate features like pictures or possible hieroglyphs painstakingly  added.   Many of the stones are as smooth as polished marble and there are many finely drilled holes which were once used to attach elaborate and massive thin sheets of gold.  The gold seems to have mysteriously disappeared around the time the Spanish arrived, but many examples of fine stone work remain.

 

An impressive stone covered in hieroglyphics, tiny drilled holes and a smooth and curved backside.
An impressive stone covered in hieroglyphics, tiny drilled holes and a smooth and curved backside.
close up of the delicate carving
close up of the delicate carving
Finely drilled holes.
Finely drilled holes.
very smooth and curved backside of the stone.
very smooth and curved backside of the stone.
More examples of smooth stone, perfectly cut lines, and holes that look like they were made by a modern drill.
More examples of smooth stone, perfectly cut lines, and holes that look like they were made by a modern drill.

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This stone was a smooth as glass, if we saw it somewhere else we have thought it was a part of modern construction.
This stone was a smooth as glass, if we saw it somewhere else we have thought it was a part of modern construction.

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The perfect and seemingly impossible attention to details on some of the stones has led to many different theories about who made the city of Tiwanaku. Theories ranging from alien visitors, to time travelers, early undocumented European visits or supernatural beings.

After investigating the stones myself I am prepared to offer my own radical theory on would built the city, I think the Tiwanakians built it.  While the stone work is indeed extremely precise and impressive, I don’t feel its anything beyond the abilities of stone workers who dedicated their entire lives to perfecting their craft, and probably spent months if not years working on a single stone.

After checking out the ruins it was time to hop on board a small van colectivo and head back to La Paz.  We snapped a picture to show what the interior of a van with 17 people in it looks like.

18 people crammed into this van for the hour ride back to La Paz.
17 people crammed into this van for the hour ride back to La Paz.