The Ruins of Tiahuanaco in Bolivia

The Pre-Incan Ruins of Tiahuanaco in Bolivia

Photos and tales of the ruins at Tiahuanaco, Bolivia

Tiahuanaco is the most impressive of many sites of ancient ruins in Bolivia. With a history of 3000 years and evidence for an asiatic connection, Tiahuanaco is thought to be the birthplace of civilization in the Americas.

I hope you enjoy my photos of Tiahuanaco. Or is that Tiahuanacu, Tiajuanacu or Tianjuanaco? I don't know, but it's possible to find a lot of different spellings, and I don't think there's any consensus on which might be correct.

Tiahuanaco is a large, sprawling set of ruins about 50 miles west of La Paz. Although many of the relics and statues are now scattered to various museums around the world, the walls and remaining statues, as well as it's history, are fascinating and well worth a visit.
the walls 
of tiahuanaco in Bolivia
Some people at Tiahuanaco had holes cut into their skull and lived to tell about it. Skulls with such holes, and signs of healing have been found here. The elite class at Tiahuanaco were identifiable at a glance. From birth, children of the elite had straps tightly wrapped around their skulls, eventually deforming and elonging them to about twice the normal length of a human skull. Pretty bizarre.
a large doorway 
carved from a single stone at tiahuanaco in Bolivia
This is the Gate of the Sun. Like the Incans, these people that preceded them also were reasonably advanced astronomers, capable of accurately predicting the vernal equinox.
the gate of the 
sun at tiahuanaco in Bolivia
There are still a number of very large, beautiful stone sculptures at Tiahuanaco. Engravings around the circumference are still not understood.
a large statue at 
tiahuanaco in Bolivia

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