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.

Valle de la Luna La Paz

Passing the town of La Paz and heading towards the Moon Valley.

Getting closer to the Moon Valley.

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) is situated about 10 kilometers from the town of La Paz, in the village of Mallasa, Pedro Domingo Murillo Province, La Paz.

Running into the mountain road and then going through the tunnel…

Arrived at the gate of the Moon Valley Park.

When I arrived at the gate, a Bolivian beauty greeted me.

From here, going to the park through the underground passage.

Passed underground passage, Valle de la Luna, Moon Valley.

Route Map of Moon Valley

Moon Valley consists of an area where erosion has worn away the majority of a mountain, composed primarily of clay rather than rock, leaving tall spires.

Strangely shaped rock called Lady’s Hat.

Its name was given by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who was visiting the Bolivian government headquarters Year 1969.

Neil Armstrong said “It looks like a lunar surface.”

Walking up to the observation platform.

Flora of Moon Valley

I haven’t seen these strange world ever.

Because the mineral content of the mountains varies greatly between individual mountains, the sides of the mountains are different colors, creating striking optical illusions.

Scenery of this world from the top of Moon Valley.

A majority of them are a clear beige or light brown color, but some are almost red, with sections of dark violet.

Got off the sky, we go into the souvenir shop.

Moon Valley is an important site of the famous holiday, Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead; It is the most important holiday in Latin American countries.).

Mural painting of pottery

The Angeles of Mallasa. By the local ceramic artist, Ricardo Thompson and Lidia Mamani.

One shot with Maira for our memories.

Principal Río Abajo Street, in front of the Moon Valley Park. Adiós Maira!

Strolling about the Old Town of La Paz

We are walking through the Commerce Street to the Saint Francis Square. 

Walking into the Comercio Street La Paz.

Before coming to Bolivia, I had heard that the country is needy. Do you think so?

Shopping District Comercio Street La Paz.

Got to the Pichincha Street we are crossing the pedestrian overpass.

Ismael Montes Boulevard La Paz, view from the footbridge.

Ismael Montes (1861 – 1933) was a Bolivian general and Politician. He served as the President of Bolivia between 1904 -1909 and once again between 1913 – 1917.

Gone down from the pedestrian overpass, a big market appeared on the street of Ingreso Calle Potosí.

Mercado Lanza (Market)

Mercado Lanza is a very large 3-story structure in the center of the historic district of La Paz, steps away from San Francisco church.

The market of Lanza has stall selling everything imaginable.

There are many outdoor small stalls in front of Mercado Lanza. You can have breakfast and lunch freshly made on the spot.

Plaza San Francisco, next to Mercado Lanza.

The Plaza San Francisco is a major urban plaza in the city of La Paz, and a frequent location for political gatherings and protests. It is located in front of the San Francisco Cathedral (from which it takes its name) and the Lanza Market.

San Francisco Church La Paz

The Iglesia de San Francisco is a Roman Catholic Church in the city of La Paz. The construction of the church was begun in 1549 during the Spanish colonial period and ended in the 18th century.

Façade of the San Francisco La Paz

Interior of the San Francisco La Paz

The baroque design combines Spanish style with indigenous elements. Church patron is St. Francis of Assisi.

Corridor and Courtyard of the San Francisco, the church is a part of the San Francisco Convent.

After the Iglesia de San Francisco we are walking into the street of Sagarnaga for some shopping.

Narrow street of Sagarnaga La Paz. Calle Sagarnaga has always been a prime spot for travelers.

This bustling street is located just south of Plaza San Francisco. In the 18th Century, the buildings lining Calle Sagarnaga were used by people traveling on foot between Potosi and the Peruvian coast to rest their weary legs.

Groceries on the street Sagarnaga, local women are shopping at stalls.

An old woman is spinning thread at the roadside.

Clothing shops on the Sagarnaga Street La Paz

Sagarnaga Street La Paz. Calle Sagarnaga is also home to one of La Paz’s most interesting and culturally fascinating attraction.

From the Sagarnaga Street we are walking into a side road called Calle Linares.

Linares Street La Paz

The Linares Street is one of the ancient roads of the city of La Paz, located in the district of San Sebastian, also known as the name of Calle de las Brujas (Street of the Witches).

Street of the Witches La Paz

Witches Market on the Linares Street

Witches Market sells strange things.

Things like traditional toys, Tools used by witches, Mummies of llama’s fetus, Love potions.

A witch is going home.

It is time to leave. So long! That was very funny.

Plaza Murillo La Paz Bolivia

The Plaza Murillo is the central plaza of the city of La Paz and the seat of government of Bolivia.

Plaza Murillo La Paz Bolivia

The Plaza was originally named the Plaza Mayor (Greatest or Main Plaza) after its construction. After the independence, the square was renamed Plaza Murillo after the honor of Pedro Murillo, who was captured and hung by Spanish troops in January 1810.

Statue of Pedro Domingo Murillo.

Pedro Domingo Murillo (1757– 1810) was a patriot of Upper Peru who played a key role in Bolivia’s independence.

Plaza Murillo La Paz Bolivia

This square is an oasis for the citizens.

Prominent buildings on the plaza include the Presidential Palace, National Congress of Bolivia, and the Cathedral of La Paz.

Palacio de Gobierno (Presidential Palace) Bolivia

In front of the President Palace.

The changing of the President’s Guard at the Palace.

Congreso Nacional de Bolivia (National Congress of Bolivia)

The original clock on the Bolivian Congress Building has been replaced with a reversed clock dubbed the “Clock of the South”.

Backward Clock of National Congress of Bolivia

The Clock of the South is a mirror image of a traditional clock: its numbers are flipped and its hands move in a counter-clockwise direction (though it is clockwise relative to the Clock of the South).

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, La Paz

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, also called La Paz Cathedral, was built in 1835 with a neoclassical architecture with Baroque elements.

Main Alter of the Cathedral, La Paz

The interior of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, La Paz

Plaza Murillo La Paz

The locals of La Paz and the tourists are having fun in this park.

Left the Plaza Murillo, we are getting into a narrow street called Calle Comercio, going to Plaza San Francisco (Saint Francis Square) for shopping of the souvenir.

Going to the Main Square of La Paz

We are going to the main square of La Paz called Plaza Murillo. On the way, we encountered a mysterious festival.

Alasitas Festival La Paz

The largest Alasitas fair is an annual month-long cultural event starting on January 24th in La Paz. It honors Ekeko, the Aymara god of abundance, and is noted for the giving of miniature items.

Venue of Alasitas fair.

The indigenous Aymara people observed an event in the pre-Columbian era, when people prayed for good crops and exchanged basic goods. Over time, it evolved to accommodate elements of Catholicism and Western acquisitiveness.

Ekeko, the god of the festivalof the people from the Andean Altiplano (high plain, Quechua and Aymara area).

The Ekeko is the Tiwanakan god of abundance and prosperity in the mythology and folklore of the people from the Andean Altiplano (high plain, Quechua and Aymara area).

Various figures of Ekeko. These were discovered in the western part of Bolivia.

If you want to know about Ekeko please visit this site.

Well, let’s go to the Alasita market.

Locals are enjoying shopping.

Miniature shops La Paz

I didn’t know anything about the Alasitas. Even now, I am not sure about it. So you should visit this site,

Left the Alasita market, we are going to the main Square of La Paz.

Leaving the Alasita market.

And the next stop is the Plaza del Estadio (Stadium Square) also called Plaza Tejada Sorzano.

Plaza del Estadio (Stadium Square) or Plaza Tejada Sorzano.

Olympic Stadium, Estadio Hernando Siles on the square.

Estadio Hernando Siles is a sports stadium in La Paz. It is the country’s largest sports complex with a capacity of 41,143 seats. It is named after Hernando Siles Reyes, the 31st President of Bolivia (1926–1930).

There is a marvelous structure in the center of this square.

This is a replica of the semi-underground temple of the archaeological complex of Tiwanacu.

Replica of the semi-underground temple of Tiwanacu.

Leaving the Plaza del Estadio (Stadium Square) for the main square of La Paz.

Arrived at the main square of La Paz, it’s called “Plaza Murillo.”

(I am old and not well-conditioned recently, so there may be mistakes in the description. Please let me know if you notice it.)

Going to La Paz, Bolivia

We left the hotel Cristal Samaña in the village of Colchani early in the morning.

And arrived at the airport of Uyuni.

Opened on July 11, 2011, Uyuni Airport, also known as Joya Andina (Andean Jewel) Airport, is a public use airport slightly northwest of Uyuni. The airport is served by two airlines, Amaszonas and Transporte Aéreo Militar.

Uyuni Airport: Waiting room, Amaszonas Airline Z8-301, Embarkation, Takeoff at 8:20. Adiós es el salar de Uyuni.

The Andes, flying to La Paz.

Arrived at El Alto International Airport

Main terminal of the El Alto International Airport

El Alto International Airport is located in the city of El Alto, 13 km south-west of La Paz. It is the world’s highest international airport, located at 4,062 metres above sea level.

A street in front of El Alto International Airport.

Mt. Huayna Potosí, distant view from the airport.

The Huayna Potosí has a very beautiful appearance. It is located near El Alto, a prominent glaciated mountain peak with an altitude of 6088 m.

Streets of El Alto Bolivia. Going to the Cable Car Station on the street of Núñez del Prado El Alto.

El Alto is the second-largest city in Bolivia, located adjacent to La Paz on the Altiplano highlands (Andean Plateau or Bolivian Plateau). It is the highest major metropolis in the world, with an average elevation of 4,150 m.

Plaza Obelisco El Alto Bolivia

Chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary, on the Plaza Obelisco El Alto Bolivia.

El Alto is today one of Bolivia’s fastest-growing urban centers, with a population of 974,754 in 2011.

El Alto Qhana Pata cable car station, yellow line.

We are going on board the ropeway and heading to the city of La Paz.

Yellow ropeway route to the station of Chuqi Apu on the Libertador Street La Paz.

Distant view of the city of La Paz Basin, from the cable car.

The El Alto and La Paz metropolitan area constitutes the most populous urban area of Bolivia, with a population of 2.3 million inhabitants.

From El Alto, we are going to the city of La Paz by the yellow cable car.

Arrived at Chuqi Apu Station on the Libertador street La Paz.

Libertador Street La Paz

Front of the cable car station.

We are going to the city center of La Paz from here.

Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

(Isla Inca-huasi; Spanish isla means island, Inca is the Inca Empire, huasi is derived from the Quechua word wasi meaning house. Isla Incahuasi is Island of Inca House.)

We are going to a wonder islet called “Isla Incahuasi” floating on the Salt Flat of Uyuni at the morning.

Left the hotel, going to Isla Incahuasi, Uyuni. Someone came by motorcycle to the salt flat. I am a rider, too. He surely feel comfortable!

Really beautiful the Salt Flat of Uyuni.

We took some trick pictures on the way to the islet of Isla Incahuasi. A wise adult does not do something like this.

Distant view of Isla Incahuasi. We are approaching the islet of Isla Incahuasi.

Isla Incahuasi, the small island of rugged rocks and cactuses.

Arrived at Isla Incahuasi.

Isla Incahuasi (Island of Inca house) is a hilly and rocky outcrop of land and former island situated in the middle of Salar de Uyuni, at an elevation of 3,656 meters.

Pier or Entrance of the island? Let’s land on that island.

Landed on the island, an explanation board is there. The explanation board says that you have to go to the Register Office to get the admission ticket.

Get an admission ticket here.

Incahuasi has a total area of 24.62 hectares and hosts gigantic cactuses and a tourist center.

Here is the central square of this island.

Cuidar y respetar la planta milenaria el “cactu” (Care and treat the ancient plant of cactus.)

The starting point to the hilltop. “Now, let’s go to the top of the island.”

Walking up the path of the island.

Going up to the hilltop.

Flora of Isla Incahuasi; wild flowers and germination of cactus.

There are unusual and fragile coral-like structures and deposits that often consist of fossils and algae.

Arrived at the hilltop of Isla Incahuasi.

Mt. Tunupa Uyuni, view from the top of Isla Incahuasi.

The Mt. Tunupa is a volcano located on the northern edge of the Salar de Uyuni and is 5432 m high.

Well, let’s go down to the foot.

An arch made of coral fossils.

Walking on the mountain path I am very tired because the altitude is high here. But it was worth it.

Llamas and birds on the island of Incahuasi.

It is time to leave Isla Incahuasi.

Isla Incahuasi is the top of the remains of an ancient volcano, which was submerged when the area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, roughly 40,000 years ago. 

We are leaving Isla Incahuasi. It was very fun.