Visit the pre-Incan burial grounds of Sillustani on this tour. The tombs, or chullpas, of Sillustani stand above the ground on a bluff overlooking Lake Umayo.
- 3 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The Colla, a group that was conquered by the Inca in the 15th century, mostly built the tombs of Sillustani. The tombs widen as they go up, and it’s still uncertain whether this served a practical purpose or was a way to show off masonry skills. Whatever the case, the Inca continued with this tradition and eventually built their own chullpas here too.
The chullpas likely housed the elite members of the Colla and Inca cultures. In fact, the structures are thought to have held whole groups of families, with corpses being buried in a fetal position to allow for more space inside. The buildings’ openings face east in alignment with the sun, which was believed to be reborn with each morning.
These days, many of the stones have fallen to the ground, exposing the tombs to looters long ago. Even so, it’s a fascinating spectacle to behold.
A main archaeological attraction in the Lake Titicaca area is the burial site of Sillustani, which is about a 40-minute drive from Puno. These huge tombs are set on a hill above Lake Umayo and were used as graves for Colla nobility.
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This tour takes you to some lesser-known sites around Lake Titicaca, before crossing over into Bolivia to see the ancient cultural center of Tiahuanaco. You’ll depart at 7:00 am, and break for lunch once you arrive at Tiahuanaco — make sure to eat breakfast before leaving. Also, this tour crosses over into Bolivia, so bring your passport and $160 for the visa fee. Visa needs to be arranged al least 1 day before, and it can get it in Puno City: and you require to show the following: Hotel resevration, airticket, credit card copy, personal photo and itinerary. Visa can be arranged also in your country.