Tiwanaku A World Heritage Site

Latin America


The city of Tiwanaku or Tiahuanaco is considered to be one of the most important pre-Inca cities and it is believed that the civilisation who resided there thought that it was the centre of the Earth.

Tiwanaku was an ancient city and ceremonial site sited on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

Building at the site of Tiwanaku began before 500AD and there was further construction about 700 years later by the Inca who conquered the Tiwanakans. Some scientists believe that the site's history goes back around 14,000 or more years.

The Akapaka, a square based pyramid, has been somewhat dismantled and the rock used elsewhere for construction. The site of Tiwanaku also includes temples, carved heads and images in the stone walls and individual carved statues.

Tiwanaku was incorporated into the UNESCO world heritage site list in 2000.