The archaeological site of Sillustani is located 34 km away from the city of Puno (35 minutes by road) and at an altitude of 3,840 meters above sea level.
About the impressive Chullpas
Many of these sacred chullpas reach approximately 12 meters in height and have an entrance always directed towards the east that was used for the deceased to communicate directly with the Sun God. This entrance is quite small, so it is believed that the bundle funerary or mummy was first introduced to the vault and then it was closed. Apparently, in Sillustani, nobles, rulers and priests were buried. The upper part of the most modern chullpas, those that belonged to the Inca period, are adorned by large cornices. On the other hand, some of the stones present figures in low relief that mainly represent lizards and snakes.
What predominates most are the natural landscapes with which time left us, in the surroundings you can see the Umayo lagoon, but the most outstanding thing about this place is the cemetery that was built in the 12th century by a civilization that occupied the area. before the Inca domain.
How to get to the Chullpas de Sillustani?
The Chullpas de Sillustani complex is located just 30 km from Puno and 40 km from Juliaca. The most recommended way to get to the place is to take a tour from the city of Puno. Visitors can also go on their own by taking a public bus from Juliaca to Puno or vice versa, get off at the turnoff to Sillustani, and from there board a taxi or motorcycle taxi that takes them to the archaeological remains. The entrance to the archaeological center costs S /. 5.50. They open at 8 am and close at 5 pm. Itinerary:
The excursion begins with the transfer of the hotel or Plaza de Armas, heading towards the Archaeological Complex of Sillustani located 33km from the city of Puno, approximately 30 minutes from the city of Puno.
During the Tour to Sillustani Tombs, our guide will explain to us about the city of Puno, history and the origins of the Sillustani Tombs belonging to the Kolla culture (1200 – 1450) that developed in the northern part of the lagoon, in the town known as Hatuncolla.
Upon our arrival we will have a walk in the archaeological site of Sillustani that was built in the 12th century by a civilization that occupied the area before the Inca domain. The creators of the imposing funerary towers are known to belong to the Kolla culture. The most imposing towers were built for the important chiefs and priests. Considered by the locals as sacred sites where ceremonial activities and rituals are carried out to this day.
We will have free time to rest and take the corresponding photos next to the Umayo lagoon, continually after the explanation of our guide we will descend from the archaeological site to visit the Hatuncolla community, where we will directly appreciate the difference of the South American camelids (Alpaca, suri, llama) we can also visit a rural family house, there we will see their handicrafts, typical food, traditional activities and clothing.
Finally we will return to the city of PUNO. End of the Tour to Sillustani Tombs
- Pick up from your Hotel in Puno
- Tourist transport
- Professional guide (Spanish / English)
- Entrance tickets.
- Personal expenses or tips.
- Optional: Transportation to Juliaca Airport
- Guided tours (included)
- Cultural visits (included)
- Archaeological visits (included)
- Historical visits (included)
- Museums, monuments (included)
- IMPORTANT: To be able to travel it is necessary to carry your original identity document such as ID or Passport.
- The tours and activities carried out by this Operator have a low level of risk and difficulty and provide the necessary security.
- Any material loss or accident is under the responsibility of the client.
- Service is subject to change without prior notice, due to weather issues (rains, mudslides, overflows, etc.), strikes and / or demonstrations and any other event that does not allow the normal development of the itinerary.
- Any cancellation of the service for the reasons indicated, does not apply refund.
- In this case, the Operator could carry out a contingency plan with an alternative tour.
- The Itinerary may vary at the discretion of the operator, always to guarantee the safety of the traveler and the best development of the service as a whole.
- If you decide to withdraw before the end of the service, there will be no refund for it.
- If you bring or buy snacks during the tours, preferably light ones (dried fruits, cookies and water).
- If you do not attend the day of the service, it will be considered as «Done» with no place for Claims, Postponements or Returns.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I do the Tour to Sillustani Tombs the day I arrive in Puno?
If you arrive on the bus at 22.00 p.m. From Cusco, you can do the tour if you go to Arequipa at night. If you go to Bolivia, you will have to spend the night in Puno.
If you arrive from Arequipa, you will also have time to do the tour. If you arrive from Bolivia, you will have to spend the night and take the night bus that leaves from Puno the next day.
What does a group tour or shared service mean?
A group trip is a shared service. The traveler / s join a group that signs up for a fixed departure tour and share the cost of the boat or guide. This type of service is cheaper than a private service if the person travels alone or in a small group of 2 or 4 people. If your group is larger, it may be worth asking for a quote that fits your group. Traveling in a smaller group gives the guide and the participants the opportunity to do different activities to the liking of the small group.
What is the essential to bring?
It is recommended to bring sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF, moisturizer, swimsuit (the lake water is cold but there are those who dare to take a dip!), Flashlight, hat, warm clothes and comfortable clothes for the night and first thing in the morning, cotton T-shirts for the day, hand sanitizer and camera.