For lovers of distant civilizations and epic legends, I offer here a customized itinerary based around the discovery of ancient cultures and their rituals.
Bolivia and especially Peru are the countries of the Inca civilization and especially pre Incas. Since then so mysterious Tiwuanako civilization and Qolla not far from Lake Titicaca, the civilization of Pukara (cutter head) through the Moche civilization, Chemu, Chachapayas and Chavin in northern Peru, arriving to the civilizations of Nazca, Paracas and Chancay south, legends, mysteries and other discoveries are sure to punctuate your journey.
Below is some general information as an example.
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The city of Tiwanaku / Tiwanaku Culture (Bolivia)
Not far from Lake Titicaca, the city of Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that extended its influence over a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD. The remains of its monuments testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilization, which is distinct from other prehispanic empires of the Americas.
The archaeological complex of Chavin (Peru)
The site of Chavin de Huantar, belonging to the period from year 1000 to the year 300 B.C., it is located 3185 meters above sea level and near the city of Huaraz. The religious center of Chavin de Huantar was built entirely of stone, with underground passages and a series of pyramid structures. In the underground gallery you can enjoy the Lanzón, a large monolith of 3.75 meters high in a giant spear.
The royal mausoleum of Sipan / Moche (Peru)
In the fourth century AD the Moches buried the most important of his “lords.” He was buried with his head toward the south and they covered his eyes and nose with gold ornaments. His feet were wearing shoes in silver. Women, children and lamas were sacrificed on this occasion. The best warriors were with him in his grave to give him protection during his last trip.
The Uros (Peru)
It is said that the Uros were people of great physical strength who lived on artificial islands in Totora (aquatic plant), are descendants of the oldest race in America. The island is about 15 minutes by motorboat from Puno.
The Uros are a group of several small artificial islands which together constitute a veritable floating village. These islands, buildings and boats among others are also made in totora dried.
Sillustani / culture qolla (Peru)
30 km of Puno, near Lake Titicaca, there are Sillustani, which were the graves of chiefs Hatuncollas (large male), and many other remnants of ancient cultures that inhabited the region. All this are at the edges of the lagoon Umayo.
Nazca / Nazca Culture (Peru)
Two hours from the city of Ica, about fifty miles of desert was covered with drawings that represent enormous mammals, insects, and gods. The Nasca lines, so called since their discovery in 1927, are the most incredible relic left by a culture that goes back three centuries before the Christian era: the result of these drawings and tracings of these complexes can be seen that at 1,500 feet.
The fortress of Kuelap / Chachapoyas cultures (Peru)
It is located 3,000 m in the Amazonian Andes in the department of Amazonas. Kuelap is an example of the infinite skill of Chachapoyas, people who inhabited the area between the years 1000 and 1400 AD The gigantic wall that protects the city is made up of monitoring stations, a large tower and only three access tight. The wall is 8 meters high and completely surrounds the city.
Reserve of Paracas / Paracas (Peru)
Desert and sea meet wonderfully in Paracas in Ica department, a few hours south of Lima.
The traditional circuit takes you to the local museum and cemeteries of the Paracas culture (700 BC), whose textile art continues to surprise the world.
Windows Otuzco / Culture Caxamarca and Wari (Peru)
The meeting of two cultures is very well represented by the architecture of Cajamarca: the Inca culture and Spanish culture. However, its archaeological remains reflect much older stories, stories that go back to the culture Caxamarca (until 1450 AD).
In the district of Baths of the Inca, just 8 km from the city, we can distinguish Otuzco windows, surrounded by nature. This is the necropolis of a people pre-Inca culture pre Caxamarca, probably with an influence of the Wari culture.
Pikillacta and Lucre lagoon / Wari culture (Peru)
Built during the heyday of the Wari culture (500-900 AD), this large urban and ceremonial center of nearly two kilometers square stands as a massive set of stone structures and concentrated on a mud hill overlooking the beautiful lake of Lucre. Pikillacta or ‘city of the fleas’ is perhaps the largest pre-Inca city in the region.