Really little village, Tiwanaku Bolivia

From the city of La Paz, we are going to a small village called Tiwanaku. 

Streets of La Paz, Mountains of the Andes and Potato field.

Tiwanaku is located in the Ingavi Province, 65 km from the city of La Paz, it will take an hour 40 minutes.

Passing a llama ranch, Tiwanaku village comes into view. Traditional private house, Street to the village center.

Tiwanaku is an ancient architectural complex and current archaeological site of Bolivia, located in the Bolivian altiplano (plateau in the Andes Mountains; occupies two-thirds of Bolivia), at 3845 meters above sea level.

Arrived at the main square of Tiwanaku, Plaza 14 de Septiembre (14th September Square).

The Plaza 14 de Septiembre Tiwanaku, which is entered by four arches in the corners, is the only closed plaza that still subsists in the territory of the former Viceroyalty of Peru.

Plaza 14 de Septiembre (14th September Square)

Plaza 14 de Septiembre is a place for locals to relax. They enjoy shopping and chattering, and let children play. There are many magical things here.

Strange images in the Plaza.

Monument “PACHAKUTI” (the return to balance) in the plaza.

“PACHAKUTI (the return to balance): Everything starts from our hearts. That relationship of man with nature and the Cosmos. All being children of the same Sun, must return to a natural order of things and flow like the river that knows no borders” Marcelo Yaksic Vera

Village office of Tiwanaku on the 14th September Square.

The village has a population of 860 inhabitants, mostly belonging to the Aymará ethnic group.

Iglesia San Pedro (Church of St. Peter), on the 14th September Square, Tiwanaku

Church of San Pedro de Tiahuanaco

Church of St. Peter is located on the Plaza 14 de Septiembre in the centre of the town of Tiwanaku. The construction began in the year 1.580 and concluded at 1612, built with ashlars (hewn stones) taken from the nearby archaeological site. and later declared a national monument of Bolivia.

Church of St. Peter and the alter, Tiwanaku

The average temperature in the area is 10 ° C, the annual precipitation is about 600 mm. The residents are engaged in agriculture cultivating potatoes, barley, edible lupines, oca (oxalis tuberosa) and quinoa (millet), and livestock breeding, llama, cattle and sheep.

Edible lupines, oca (oxalis tuberosa) and quinoa (millet). Phots are from Wikipedia.

I really love this little quiet village. Locals are gentle, shy but kind. I felt the richness of the heart in this poor village.

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