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Empire of the Andes

By Linda Tancs

The Incas believed that Tiwanaku is where the first humans were created.  Located in western Bolivia about 45 miles from La Paz, this ancient site was the capital of an Andean empire that flourished roughly between A.D. 500 and 900.  Its ruins include a pyramid and two symbolic monolithic gateways (Gateway of the Sun and Gateway of the Moon).  South of the main site is another architectural curiosity, Puma Punku.  Its mysterious H-shaped megaliths weigh more than 400 tons.  Take a guided tour for the best learning experience.

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