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  • Address: Puno, Peru
  • Admission: About S/7 (<$2 USD)
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 from Puno, Puno, null
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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 $35.99
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 $35.00
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 $62.50
Sillustani Pre-Incan Burial Grounds Half-Day Tour, Puno, Cultural 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
Kayaking in Uros Islands from Puno, Puno, Half-day Tours
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Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $125.44
Private Tour to Tinajani from Puno, Puno, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Private Tour to Tinajani from Puno

You will visit all the attractions in the north of Puno starting with Sillustani, Lampa and Pukara. The destination point is called Tinajani which is a great ...  Read more

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

From USD $189.00

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