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Sillustani was an interesting excursion at only 34 kilometres from Puno.

Situated by the Umayo lagoon, this scenic place was a sacred cemetery built by Kollas.
Kolla Kingdom was an Aymara kingdom that occupied Titicaca?s shores from 1200 until 1450, when the Inca Pachacutec conquered them.
The particularity of this cemetery is its funerary tombs called Chulpas. This conic towers were used only for noble families. The corpse was placed inside the tower in foetal position surrounded by jewels and everyday tools. There was a small entrance always in the East side. In this way the corpse?s spirit could communicate with the rising sun. The highest tower that has arrived until our days is 12 metres high.

When we visited Sillustani there was nobody around so we could wander around the site freely and explore the different Chulpas (picture 3). It was nice to stay there until sunset: the landscape looked even more beautiful with that light (picture 4).

There is no public transport to Sillustani. We took a taxi from Puno to the site and asked him to wait for us.

Directions: 34 km from Puno

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  • Updated Mar 7, 2011
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