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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 500ADto 1100AD.

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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Full-Day Titicaca Lake Tour with Uros Island from Cusco

Full-Day Titicaca Lake Tour with Uros Island from Cusco

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Don’t let limited time in Cusco stop you exploring further afield. Spend the day experiencing the beauty of the world’s highest lake on a private day trip to Lake Titicaca—the ideal choice for time-pressed travelers. Taking a private tour means that you’ll be able to make unplanned stops along the scenic route and enjoy the flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Day Tour Cusco to Puno with Sillustani

Day Tour Cusco to Puno with Sillustani

Make the most of your trip from Cusco to Puno with a 10-hour, private transfer and tour that explores the historic sites, towns, and highlights along the way. Follow the ‘Route of the Sun’ to a 16th-century church and an ancient Inca site, have a buffet lunch in a highland town, and take in the views from La Raya Pass, then visit the Pukara Archeological site. This full-day tour includes all entrance fees and activities, lunch, and door-to-door transport from Cusco to Puno.
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  • 10 hours
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10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths

10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths

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With soaring mountain peaks, shimmering lakes, UNESCO–listed treasures, and thousands of years of Incan history, Peru and Bolivia are a traveller’s dream destinations. On this comprehensive 10-day tour, explore both nations with your private guide and hit highlights including Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu with ease. With hotel accommodation, breakfasts, entry fees, and all travel covered, you’re free to relax and see the best of South America.
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  • 10 days
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Half-Day Tombs

Half-Day Tombs "Chullpas" of 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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  • 3 hours
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$20.00
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Sillustani Half Day Tour from Puno

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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  • 4 hours
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Tour to Sillustani 1/2 day

Tour to Sillustani 1/2 day

Archaeological complex of Sillustani, one of the most important necropolis of the Collas, Lupacas and Inkas Cultures of the Altiplano
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  • 5 hours
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Sillustani Tours

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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  • 4 hours
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10-Night Andean Beauties

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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  • 11 days
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Sillustani Tours Half-Day from Puno

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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2-Day Tour Lake Titicaca from Cusco

2-Day Tour 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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  • 2 days
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Private Tour to Tinajani from Puno

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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Half Day Tour in Sillustani

Half Day Tour in 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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  • 4 hours
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The Wonders of Peru: Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca

The Wonders of Peru: Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca

The wonders of Peru is a special tour made for those who do not have much time to visit Peru, and do not want to miss the essentials. Start your trip from Lima, on the beautiful coast of the Pacific Ocean, then explore the mysteries of Cusco and Machu Picchu, as well as have an adventure day in the Rainbow Mountain - Vinicunca. Finish this fantastic trip by visiting Lake Titicaca, in Puno, and then return to Lima.
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  • 10 days
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$1,624.00
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Sillustani Bike Adventure Tour

Sillustani Bike Adventure Tour

Visit the mysterious and impressive funeral towers, with our tour Sillustani Bike Adventure. Enjoy a different route to the traditional one, and ride along roads with beautiful views and landscapes, until reaching the archaeological center of Sillustani. This is the most important cemetery of the pre-Inca era, and is surrounded by the beautiful Lake Umayo.
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Perú tour in 10 days starting upon arrival to Arequipa quiet city

Perú tour in 10 days starting upon arrival to Arequipa quiet city

if you start your trip in Arequipa (2335 m.a.s.l.) you will have the chance to have a gradual acclimatization. You will enjoy a quiet city full of architecture surrounded by mountains and villages as in Colca valley with live culture, history and landscapes full of nature.
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  • 10 days
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$2,179.49
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Sillustani Half-Day Tour

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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  • 3 hours
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$25.00
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Half-Day Tour to the Sillustani Tombs

Half-Day Tour to the Sillustani Tombs

A mobility will pick you up from the hotel at the scheduled time and you will be directed to the chulpas of Sillustani. In Sillustani, a peninsula of the Umayo lagoon, you can visit one of the largest necropolises in the world where more than 90 "chullpas" stand out, gigantic and primitive stone mausoleums more than 12 meters high with the upper part wider than the base. Upon completion you will be transferred to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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$70.00
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Visit to Sillustani

Visit to Sillustani

Discover the wonders of Puno visiting the mysterious funerary towers, or also known as Chullpas of Sillustani. Surrounded by funerary towers and a beautiful lake, Sillustani is the most important pre-Inca cemetery in Peru, where they buried more than 4 thousand people. If at the end of your visit to Puno, you did not have time to know this fantastic site, you can do it by taking advantage of the way to Juliaca airport.
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  • 3 hours
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$27.53
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Sillustani 1/2 Day Tour

Sillustani 1/2 Day Tour

Archaeological complex of Sillustani, one of the most important necropolis of the Collas, Lupacas and Inkas Cultures of the highlands, certainly should not miss it.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$28.72
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sillustani from puno

sillustani from puno

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This tour is perfect, it leaves in the afternoon and it is a short time to be picked up from the hotel and returned to the hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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Colca Canyon Tour 2d Short hiking + Overnight in small village Ending in Puno

Colca Canyon Tour 2d Short hiking + Overnight in small village Ending in Puno

This is a cool tour including a short hike for 2 to 3 hours at the Colca Valley. We will spend the night at a quiet and small village. This is not a common tour. It is a new alternative with local people. You can save time and finish your trip in Puno.
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  • 2 days
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$446.16
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Extension to Puno

Extension to Puno

The Titicaca Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world, and houses various islands such as the floating islands of the Uros, the Taquile Island and the Amantaní Island. With an amazing blue sky, this place located in the Andean highlands, besides being a national reserve with abundant flora and fauna. Visit Puno with this extension, and be surprised by this fantastic millenary culture.
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  • 3 days
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$256.00
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Half day Pre-Inca tombs of Sillustani

Half day Pre-Inca tombs of Sillustani

Take this tour from Puno, get to know the amazing tombs of Sillustani and enjoy the beautiful views and landscapes it offers.
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  • 3 hours
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$57.44
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3-Day Guided Tour to Uros Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

3-Day Guided Tour to Uros Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

Visit Uros and Taquile, discover their customs and joys of both islands that will be the best memory you can carry in your heart. Our guide will make known the way of life of the people and see their history, having a lunch at a local restaurant. visit the archaeological center of Sillustani in private transport, and know much more about the funerary towers "Chullpas". Then transport it to the airport in Juliaca
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  • 3 days
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sillustani Tombs costs USD 17.00. Guided Sillustani Tombs tours start around USD 17.00 per person. See all 26 Sillustani Tombs tickets and tours on Viator.
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