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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

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Embark on a half-day tour to Lake Umayo's Sillustani, known for its impressive funeral towers. Set out from Puno to this pre-Incan burial ground belonging to Peru's indigenous Colla people. Explore the grounds and learn about the Colla civilization, inhabitants of the surrounding lands years before the Inca people. Your trip includes round-trip hotel transport.
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Sillustani

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The archaeological complex of Sillustani (FUNERAL TOWERS) is located at the high plateau surrounded by a magical lagoon called Umayo of stunning beauty in the western city of Puno. Sillustani is one of the most important necropolis in the Andean world known for its gigantic funerary towers "CHULLPAS". The famous Chullpas are towers constructed in stone that were used by diverse cultures, among them the collas and later by the Incas. The chullpa of the Lizard stands out for being the highest of site, reaching more than 12 meters of height. In the vicinity you can see some waru waru, which are artificial earth mounds designed to protect crops against frosts and floods. With luck in Sillustani you can also observe wild pigs of the Indies, birds like flamingos and other wild animals of the high Andes.
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Sillustani Tombs Excursion

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This is another site in Peru that I highly recommended for those interested in ancient ruins, and mystical energy. This was an amazing site that needs to be experienced, as pictures just do not “do it justice.”
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From Puno: Sillustani Inca Funeral Towers, Hald Day

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Enjoy a day of exploring Inca ruins with a small-group and an informative guide. Visit the Cemetery of Sillustani to see the funeral towers created by the Inca. See some pre-Inca tombs from the Kollas civilization and enjoy the views of the nearby Umayo lake. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Puno region and the Andean vegetables of the area including quinoa and a myriad of potatoes.
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Sillustani Half Day Tour from Puno

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Explore the unique cylindrical tombs of Peru’s Pukara Culture during this 4-hour excursion to the Sillustani burial site. Travel through the ‘Altiplano’ (High Plains) to this ancient indigenous funerary site where you’ll visit the “Chullpas” burial towers and learn about this Pre-Columbian culture’s belief in the afterlife. All entrance fees and roundtrip hotel transport are covered.
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

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The floating islands of Uros and Taquile are a must-see attraction while on Lake Titicaca. Learn about traditional life on the floating islands with this tour from Puno, which takes you directly to the islands for free time to explore. Then, jet off to the pre-Incan ruins at  Sillustani for a guided tour before returning to Puno.
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Tour to the Chullpas De Sillustani

Without a guide, the Sillustani cemetery doesn't look like much—but with a guide, this pre-Incan archaeological site becomes a fascinating look into ancient Peruvian history. This tour from Puno takes you outside of the city to the Sillustani site, which is beautifully situated overlooking Lake Umayo. Learn all about the various-sized tombs and civilization that built them while you admire the views.
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Sillustani Half-Day Tour

Sillustani is one of the largest necropolises in the world. Surrounded by a landscape of striking beauty, it stands out for its gigantic "chullpas" (stone towers), built by Collas and Incas in order to bury noble people.It is located 34 km away of the city of Puno and at an altitude of 3,840 meters above sea level.The archaeological site of Sillustani is a cemetery that was built in the 12th century by the Qolla civilization that occupied the area before the Inca civilization begun. The most imposing towers were built for important nobles and priests. These ancient civilizations considered the cemeteries places of rest and rebirth, that is why they chose beautiful places to build their cemeteries and which is considered as sacred places.It is a magical place that surrounds us with its charm and energy that fills us with peace and harmony due to the unique landscape surrounded by mountains that are reflected in the Umayo lagoon.
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Half Day Tour to Sillustani Inca Ruins

Commune with the ancient spirits of the Inca, and the gorgeously stark scenery of Peru, during this 5-hour trip to the Sillustani Ruins. Travel through small rural villages during the 27-mile (45-kilometer) drive to Sillustani and the striking Umayo Lagoon that lies nearby. You’ll explore the unique Inca and Pre-Inca funerary towers, or ‘Chullpas,’ that dot this archaeological site, learning about their history and significance from your guide. Your site entrance fee, plus round-trip hotel transport from select hotels, is included.
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10-Night Andean Beauties

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Visit Peru’s magnificent highlights on a 10-night tour that goes from Lima’s colorful streets to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Inca sites, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island, and more. Customizable options when booking are a personalized way to tailor the experience to you, whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious trip with top-end accommodations.
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Discover the wonders that Puno has for you, travel through this fascinating region full of culture and tradition.We will board our motor boat and depart for the floating islands of the Uros.Afterwards we will continue our trip to the island of Taquile (2 ½ hours), we will hike up to 45min. Approximately until reaching the town square of Taquile.City tour in Puno: Puno Cathedral, Carlos Dreyer Museum, Arco Deústua, Puma Uta Viewpoint and Yavarí Museum, then visit the Chullpas of Sillustani. We can appreciate the impressive chullpas or funerary towers of the Inca and Pre-Inca times.
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Visit the Floating Islands of the Uros and Taquile, full of energy, culture, and tradition.Also know the Archaeological Complex of Sillustani, funerary centers of mysterious culture Qolla, built in the thirteenth century for the exclusive use of commanders and priests, some of them up to 12 meters high, we will know their history and construction.In the Tour of the South Route, we will visit Chucuito and Aramu Muru. We can see ancestral ruins such as the temple of the Inca Uyo and Aramu Muru, a mystical portal.
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Puno Natural 4 days and 3 nights

Puno is the city of the highest navigable Lake of the World, you will know this natural wonder and live a unique experience sharing with the inhabitants of its wonderful islands.We will visit the Chullpas of Sillustani, which are necropolises where the great dignitaries of the Tihaunaco culture are found, who populated the area more than three thousand years ago.We will visit the floating islands of the Uros, which are a set of islands made of totora, and are inhabited by the "UROS".Then we head to Taquile Island, explore and have time to shop.
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Sillustani Pre-Incan Burial Grounds Half-Day Tour

Visit the pre-Incan archaeological site of Sillustani on a half-day tour from Puno. Situated at almost 4,000 meters above sea level, this site was carefully chosen and built by the Kolla people to bury their chiefs and priests. Learn about the ancient Andean cultures of this area and take in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding landscapes before heading back to Puno.
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Puno: Wonderful Experiences 5 days and 4 nights

We make this package especially for demanding clients who want a personalized tour in which we have a Social Responsibility work.We look for the diffusion of new tourist places to know in Puno.We look for the best experience for your trips to the south of Puno.Definitely you will not be able to return without knowing the famous islands of Uros and Taquile.
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Puno: Sillustani, Amantani and Taquile 4 days and 3 nights

Know Puno the city of the highest navigable lake in the world.Discover this natural wonder and live a unique experience.We will visit the Chullpas de Sillustani.We will visit the floating islands of the Uros, a set of islands made of Totora.Then we will visit the island of Amantani and finally the island of Taquile.
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Puno Luxury 3 days and 2 nights

This service is ideal for you since you will be able to know, from your arrival in Puno, the impressive Sillustani Chullpas that were used as tombs in the pre-Inca era.You will know the importance of the culture that started the Inca Empire.You will be able to know "The Highest Navigable Lake in the World" and visit the impressive floating islands of the Uros and Taquile.
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TOUR UROS AND SILLUSTANI

El recorrido comienza con el recojo de los hoteles a partir de las 8:45 am, para visitar las islas flotantes de los Uros, construidas a base de la raíz de la "totora" planta acuática del lago, estas islas son únicas e incomparables en el mundo, retornamos a Puno a las 12:00 pm.Tiempo libre A las 2:00 pm, recojo del hotel para visitar las Torres funerarias de Sillustani lugar de descanso de lideres quechuas y aymaras pueblos de los andes y apreciar la hermosa laguna de Umayo.
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Sillustani Tours

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The archaeological complex of Sillustani (FUNERAL TOWERS) is located at the high plateau surrounded by a magical lagoon called Umayo of stunning beauty in the western city of Puno. Sillustani is one of the most important necropolis in the Andean world known for its gigantic funerary towers "CHULLPAS". The famous Chullpas are towers constructed in stone that were used by diverse cultures, among them the collas and later by the Incas. The chullpa of the Lizard stands out for being the highest of site, reaching more than 12 meters of height. In the vicinity you can see some waru waru, which are artificial earth mounds designed to protect crops against frosts and floods. With luck in Sillustani you can also observe wild pigs of the Indies, birds like flamingos and other wild animals of the high Andes.
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Sillustani Tours Half-Day from Puno

Sillustani Half Day Tour from Puno is a pre-Inca burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo near Puno in Peru. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, are the vestiges of the Colla people, Aymara who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, although they were probably limited to nobility. Grave robbers have dynamited many of the tombs, while others were left unfinished.
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Private Tour to Tinajani from Puno

Join a private guide for a trip into Puno’s fascinating history, from the pre-Inca ruins at Sillustani and Pukara Archeological Site to a 17th-century church with a network of catacombs. Exploring with a private guide means you can cover more ground in one day of exploring, so the tour also includes a walk through the canyon of Tinajani, where you’ll find a maze of eroded stone shapes in brilliant colors.
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Private Tour 2-Day Peru & Bolivia with Lake Titicaca from Cusco

Discover several Incan archeological sites with this 2-day private tour from Cusco. Join a local guide to learn about pre-Incan and Incan history as you visit the archeological sites of Raqchi, Pukara, and Sillustani. Spend the night with a host family on the island of Llachon in Lake Titikaka. Explore the lake with a hike and by boat the following day.
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