The Case of a Magnificent Story
There is a quiet dignity in this magnet souvenir from Bolivia that perhaps makes you think about the isolation that the world can bring. You can either plunge head first into a new adventure or just get a superficial understanding of what makes a place that isn't seen by everyone truly magical. Tiahuanco gives the traveler the perfect occasion to get immersed into magnificent stories of the past .
Tihuanaco in Detail
Located in the West of Bolivia at the South East of Lake Titicaca, Tiahuanaco is today an archeological site that dates from the times before the Incan empire. For hundreds of years, it was an administrative capital and a ritual center. Its ruins were found by a Spanish chronicler in 1549.
Tihuanaco civilization dates from the 1000 BC and some researchers think that its origins can be traced back to 1500 BC when it was an agricultural settlement. Based in the Titinaca basin, its inhabitants developed a complex agricultural system called suka kollus, a flooded-raised field, that was needed due to dryness and altitude of their lands. The city of Tiahuanaco became a huge metropolis and more than a million people seemed to have lived here at the end of the Twelth century. During the Thirteenth century, the Inca Empire started to rival with the Tihuanaco civilization and in 1445 Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui conquered the territories of Titicaca. A sample of the magnificent architecture developed by the Tihuanaco is the gateway to the Sun which can be appreciated in this travel souvenir.