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  • Address: Puno, Peru
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Sillustani Tours

Puno’s most enigmatic attraction lies 35km (21mi) from the port city, overlooking Lake Umayo with dignified mystery. Tours are easily arranged; consider coming around sunset, and staying to enjoy the starry skies.

The Chullpas of Sillustani are a collection of striking burial towers, among the finest examples of such architecture in the Andes. Though no one can be sure of their age, they appear to have been under construction just prior to the Inca conquest of the local Aymara-speaking Colla people, around 1300 AD. They most resemble, however, the neat stonework of the Tiwanaku people, who controlled the southern shore of the lake from about 500 AD to 1100 AD.

More advanced than even the Inca’s finest masonry, these towers reach with neatly squared geometric regularity toward the clear, high-desert sky. The tallest are 12 meters (40ft) high; others probably exceeded that, but have long since been dynamited by tomb robbers. Some have detailed carvings and all open eastward toward the sunrise.

Archaeologists have long hypothesized that these were the tombs of the Aymara elite, buried in baskets that trapped them in fetal position. The dry, desiccating desert air mummified many of the presumably regal corpses, surrounded with offerings such as ceramic bowls of grain, guinea pigs and gold (the last now displayed in Puno’s excellent Dreyer Museum.

More recently, archaeologists discovered the bodies of 44 children around a 10m-tall (32ft) tower called Chullpa Lagarto. They were apparently sacrificed some 700 years ago, perhaps by the Colla people during some sort of conflict.  A volcanic stone was placed on each of their chests and they were also surrounded with food, ceramics and other offerings. Perhaps the adult corpses were not royalty at all, but the revered remains of a human sacrifice.

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Half-Day Trip to Sillustani and Inca Funeral Towers from Puno, Puno, null
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Half-Day Trip to Sillustani and Inca Funeral Towers from Puno

Start the journey in Puno city. Enjoy a half day tour in the Inca Cemetery of Sillustani. Guided tour in the archaeological site, see amazing Inca funeral ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

From USD $19.50
Half-Day Trip to Sillustani from Puno, Puno, Half-day Tours
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Half-Day Trip to Sillustani from Puno

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Escape Puno and take a half-day trip to Sillustani, an ancient pre-Incan burial ground located on the shores of Lake Umayo. Discover the roots of the Colla ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.99
Sillustani Pre-Incan Burial Grounds Half-Day Tour, Puno, Half-day Tours
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Sillustani Pre-Incan Burial Grounds Half-Day Tour

The archaeological site of Sillustani is located 22.3 miles away from the city of Puno (34 Km., 35 minutes drive) and at an altitude of 12,858 feet (3,840mts.) ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.00
Sillustani Half Day Tour from Puno, Puno, Half-day Tours
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Sillustani Half Day Tour from Puno

The Sillustani burial site is an amazing complex made up by huge cylindrical tombs where the Pukara Culture used to bury their elite. It is said the Incas ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Half Day Tour to Sillustani Inca Ruins, Puno, Half-day Tours
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Half Day Tour to Sillustani Inca Ruins

You will visit the Sillustani Inca Ruins and the beautiful lake which are 45km away from Puno City. On the way there you have the possibility to visit some ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.50
Kayaking in Uros Islands from Puno, Puno, Cultural Tours
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Kayaking in Uros Islands from Puno

Kayaking Uros in Titicaca is the best way to get to know the floating Island of Uros. Enjoy paddling around the natural reservation of the Titikaka as well. ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Tour to the Chullpas De Sillustani, Puno, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Tour to the Chullpas De Sillustani

The Sillustani is a place that is located 40 minutes outside of the City of Puno, the Qolla culture was established here, which was characterized by the ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $47.00
Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno, Puno, Day Trips
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

On this full-day guided tour you'll visit the Islands of Uros and Taquile, and travel overland to Sillustani. Speedboat traveling means less travel time to be ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Chullpas of Sillustani in Puno, Puno, Day Trips
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Chullpas of Sillustani in Puno

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and the home of the handmade floating islands of Uros where the local people live a traditional ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.00
Private Tour to Tinajani from Puno, Puno, Day Trips
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Private Tour to Tinajani from Puno

Visit the natural and cultural attractions north of Puno on this private full-day tour. With a guide, you'll check out the cemetery site of Sillustani, the ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $189.00

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