Welcome to our Tour to the Burial Towers of Sillustani.
Sillustani, an interesting archaeological site in southern Peru, boasts enigmatic funerary towers known as “chullpas,” crafted by pre-Inca and Inca civilizations.
Sillustani is nestled along the shores of the magnificent Umayo Lagoon, adding a breathtaking backdrop.
As you venture closer to Sillustani, the awe-inspiring sight of the cylindrical burial towers comes into view.
Also known as Chullpas, these monumental structures, standing tall against the sky, carry the weight of centuries past.
Each tomb tells a story of a civilization long gone, their beliefs, rituals, and aspirations etched into every stone.
The journey to Sillustani is more than just an exploration of ancient tombs; it is a rendezvous with natural beauty.
Umayo Lagoon, with its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding landscape, creates a serene and captivating atmosphere.
This is an experience that will leave you in awe, where the ancient and the natural converge in perfect harmony.
Whether you are a history enthusiast or a nature lover, the tour to the Burial Towers of Sillustani is a must on your trip to Peru.
Ancient Burial Site: Sillustani is renowned for its unique cylindrical towers known as chullpas, which were built by pre-Inca and Inca civilizations as tombs for their noble elites.
Architectural Marvels: The chullpas of Sillustani exhibit remarkable architectural precision and engineering prowess.
These tall structures, constructed using finely carved stones, showcase the advanced skills and craftsmanship of the ancient civilizations.
Cultural Significance: Sillustani holds immense cultural and historical significance.
It provides valuable insights into the beliefs, rituals, and funerary practices of the pre-Inca and Inca cultures.
Exploring the site offers captivating moments into the ancient traditions that shaped Peru’s rich heritage.
Breathtaking Location: Situated on the shores of the picturesque Umayo Lagoon, Sillustani boasts a breathtaking natural setting.
The serene waters of the lagoon and the surrounding mountains create a stunning backdrop, enhancing the allure and beauty of the site.
Panoramic Views: Visitors to Sillustani are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
The elevated location of the chullpas provides sweeping vistas of the lagoon, rolling hills, and distant mountains, offering a visual feast for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.
Full Tour Description
09:00 h. Our tour to Sillustani begins at the city of Puno, our guide will pick you up from your hotel.
The archaeological site of Sillustani is located 32 kilometers away from Puno.
Before visiting Sillustani, we will make a stop at the little village where we visit a local family of farmers.
Once there our guide will explain about daily life and ancient farming systems still used by the locals.
In addition, we will also learn about the Toritos de Pucara (Bulls of Pukara), an old tradition from pre-Inca times.
Shortly afterward we head to the archaeological site of Sillustani towers, also called Chullpas by local people.
Unlike other ancient burials in Peru, these huge cylindrical tombs are set on a hill plateau.
At the site, our local guide will show us the most important tombs and will give us an insight into Andean beliefs.
Our visit ends up with a wonderful panoramic view of the Lake Umayo.
The lagoon’s pristine beauty serves as a perfect backdrop for the mystical ambiance of the tombs, enhancing the experience.
Finally, we will return to Puno.
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Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing, considering the variable climate in the region.
Warm Clothing: As Sillustani is located at high altitude, it can get chilly, especially during early mornings and evenings.
Bring a warm jacket or sweater to stay cozy.
Sun Protection: The high altitude also means stronger sunlight.
Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn and glare.
Sturdy Footwear: Opt for comfortable and sturdy footwear suitable for walking on uneven terrain.
Sneakers or hiking boots are recommended for exploring the site.
Rain Gear: Depending on the season, there could be a chance of rain.
Carry a waterproof jacket or poncho to stay dry in case of unexpected showers.
Change of Tour Date:
You can change the date of your tour at least 5 days in advance without charge.
If you cancel your tour 7 days or earlier before the tour begins, we will charge only an administration fee of 20%.
Last minute cancellations are not accepted. If this is the case, 100% of the charge will be charged.
100% cancellation fee.
What is Sillustani?
Sillustani is an archaeological site located near Puno, Peru.
It is famous for its impressive chullpas, which are cylindrical stone towers that served as burial sites for the pre-Inca and Inca civilizations.
How far is Sillustani from Puno?
Sillustani is approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) away from the city of Puno.
It takes around 45 minutes to one hour by road to reach the site.
Are there entrance fees?
Yes, there is an entrance fee to visit Sillustani.
The fee is typically paid at the entrance and helps with the maintenance and preservation of the site.
How long does a typical visit to Sillustani take?
A typical visit to Sillustani can range from one to two hours, depending on your level of interest and the time you wish to spend exploring the site and its surroundings.