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Sillustani Archaeological Site is home to a Pre Incan Burial site. It nestles around the shores of Lake Umayo. Sillustani Puno Tombs or Burial Towers were once a cylindrical Necropolis.
The Chullpas of Sillustani were built during the Pre Inca civilization by the Aymara Speaking Qulla People. To them the region was home until the 1500s. When the Inca empire took over Lake Titicaca Area, they left behind a trail of the Sillustani Tombs.
These spires or “chullpas” comprises of large blocks of carved stones. Each tower was designed to house a large (often noble) family within its round walls.
Some stone towers have fallen or are partially squatted. The highest tower is 40 feet high. It looks like a forgotten civilization’s sandstone house.
The stones are a reflection of the exact stonework that the Inca later created. Although the Collas were popular for using symmetrical rectangles, the Incas ways of carvings were with irregular corners. The towers’ blocks still have the primitive animal symbols that were added centuries ago.
There are many ways to bury corpses. However, it’s unlikely that many of them will live to such an extent.
Join us on a half day tour from Puno. Our English speaking local tour guides have extensive knowledge about the history and vulture. You will discover the marvels of this lesser known attraction of South America.
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Puno Hotel Transfer
Half day Sillustani Tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Puno at 02:00 PM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you for 45 minutes to Sillustani Archaeological Site.
Our local travel expert will be giving you a tour of the complex. You will be introduced to the Pre Inca, Qulla Civilization. After the tour, you will have some time to explore the complex on your own.
We will then visit the Umayo Lagoon. Here you will have some time to click photos and enjoy the sunset.
We will then drive you back to Puno. We will be reaching by 0530 PM.