Puno is best known for being situated on the shores of the famous Lake Titicaca. The town is in close proximity to a number of breathtaking locations including Sillustani. The archaeological site of Sillustani is only 35 minutes by car from the city of Puno, and is known for its remarkable ruins. At 3,840 meters above sea level, you can rest assured that the sun is going to be very strong but the weather is going to be really cold.
The Sillustani ruins are best known for imposing burial towers that were built by a civilization that preceded the Incan empire. These people were known as the Kolla people and they were known for their strange burial customs, which included building towers for powerful chiefs and priests. The Kulla people are also known as the Qulla, and are the descendants of the Aymara people. They were conquered by the Inca Empire in the 15th century. Sillustani architecture is considered to be more advanced and complex than Incan architecture.
Though similar burial sites are found across the Altiplano region, Sillustani ruins are among the best preserved towers. These tower-like structures are also known as chullpas and are quite a sight. The ruins are close to the lake and you might want to take a dip in it. However, be warned, that the water is always cold and you might not like it unless you are a Braveheart. It is also important to carry strong sunscreens and cotton clothes as the sun is extremely sharp at this altitude.
We have a special Classic Sillustani Tour, which lasts just half a day. You can take our tour to spend time at Sillustani if you are near Puno. You will also get to enjoy spending time at the Umayo lagoon, known for its beauty and pristine waters.
Regardless of whether you choose to visit Sillustani on its own or as part of a larger tour, you will not be disappointed.