Bolivia Historic Sites and Landmarks

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This ancient city was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 and 900. Its monumental remains include several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates and sculptures.

Fuerte de SamaipataFuerte de Samaipata
Samaipata, Bolivia

A unique archaeological site in the mountains of central Bolivia, El Fuerte de Samaipata is a stone hill carved with a wide variety of animal and geometric figures.

St. Francisco Church
La Paz, Bolivia

Originally built in the 16th century, this church is notable for its intricately carved facade, one the finest examples of Baroque-Mestizo architecture in the Americas.

Virgen de la Candelaria
Copacabana, Bolivia

This sparkling white basilica is home to a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary made by an Inca craftsman in 1576. The patron saint of Bolivia, the Virgin of Copacabana receives many pilgrims and festivals.

Horca del Inca
Copacabana, Bolivia

A Pre-Inca site despite its popular name, this trilithic gate perched on the hillside is surrounded by pierced rocks that permit the sun's rays to shine onto the lintel during the solstices.

Cristo de la Concordia
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Just a few centimeters higher than Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba is believed to be the largest statue of Christ in the world.

Christ of the Tears
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Since 1995, a small statue of Christ has wept bloody tears on Good Friday. A number of investigations have been carried out, and the phenomenon remains unexplained. You can even watch a video of the e

Inca Ruins

The largest of the 41 islands in Lake Titicaca (but still just 5.5 miles long), Isla del Sol was believed to be the home of the Inca sun god.

Cerro Copacate
Copacabana, Bolivia

This archaeological site has pre-Inca ruins and pictographs, the most famous of which is the Escudo de la Cultura Chiripa, a unique icon attributed to the Chiripa culture.