Tanka Tanka & Zepita Excursion

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Learn about the myths of the ancient Lupaka culture in one of its most representative cities with this excursion to Tanka Tanka & Zepita from Puno.


  • Archaeological Complex of Tanka Tanka
  • Typical Lunch
  • Visit to Zepita


After picking you up at your hotel in Puno at 8 am, we'll head southwest and travel 170 kilometers by bus. Nearly at the border of Peru and Bolivia, we'll stop at the archaeological complex of Tanka Tanka. Here we'll learn about the history of the Lupaka culture, which settled in the southern highlands of Puno around 1100 AD. The Lupaka were one of the peoples that emerged after the split of the Tiwanaku empire, like the Qolla, Pacajes and Omasuyos. As we approach Tanka Tanka, you'll notice that the site evokes a curious shape. Can you guess which one? We'll only tell you that the name Tanka Tanka derives from a Quechua word for an insect. There, we'll also find huge blocks of carved stone, which make up a fortress formed by walls and chulpas, or funerary towers. We'll admire the chulpas and look for other constructions among the remains, such as a temple dedicated to the idol Tanka and ancient hydraulic engineering systems. We'll even have the opportunity to see cave paintings in some of them! After the visit to the site, we'll stop for a typical lunch consisting of vegetable soup, a first course of meat, fish or legumes, and herbal tea. Then, we'll go to the district of Zepita, where we'll visit emblematic sites like the colonial temple of San Pedro and San Pablo, a beautiful church with an amazing façade adorned with high reliefs. Finally, we will return to Puno and take you back to your hotel, arriving between 3 and 4 pm.


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