While the American archaeologist Wendell Bennet was the first to excavate the island in 1934, more recent finds uncovered some extraordinary shards and ceramics, believed to be ritualistic offerings, and many of which are intact. Today, many of these stunning pots and ch’alladores (vases) are displayed in the recently opened Museo de Pariti. These stunning exhibits reflect the high artistic achievements of Tiwanaku potters. Don’t miss the Señor de los patos. For that matter, don’t miss a visit here.

This tiny island, surrounded by totora-reed marshes, made world news in 2004 when the team of Bolivian and Finnish archaeologists discovered ancient Tiwanaku ceramics here in a small circular pit.