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Chullpas of Sillustani, Inca Cemetery of Puno

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Puno has many attractions to visit, and it is more than just going to the islands, Sillustani is one of them in which shows us a variety of very important funerary enclosures, it is said that before this culture the place was inhabited by three peoples and then became as the Sillustani Archaeological Complex.

What to see and do in Sillustani

  • Here you can see approximately 90 Chullpas, some large ones that reach 12 meters high and have different shapes (circular, square and rectangular), there are 2 Chullpas called Yuraq Ayahuasi which means "white house of the dead" are located north of the complex with a whitish color.
  • You will be able to see stelae, monoliths and slabs that would be its sculpture.
  • Visit the Intiwatana which was used as a place to place offerings and perform rituals.

Chullpas of Sillustani | Inca Cemetery in Puno

Sillustani Puno Inca Cemetery
Sillustani Puno Inca Cemetery

The Chullpas of Sillustani has at least 90 chullpas in the form of inverted cone, according to the investigators indicated that inside it were the highest authorities of the Inca Empire, but before being buried they had to be mummified in fetal position and just put in the Chullpas.

All their belongings were also found and these evidenced the respect and everything they had achieved during the period of their government, among their belongings were found objects of gold and silver, food or ceramic utensils.

Among the most famous Chullpas, we have the chullpa of the Lizard, named for its large blocks of stone that are at the base, being the most representative of the culture.

Characteristics of the Inca cemetery

The chullpas in their great majority have the entrance door very small in direction to the east, this was made with the purpose of allowing the communication of the dead with the sun god or Inti, the purpose of the small doors was only to introduce the funeral bundle, and then it was closed.

The inside of the chullpas is made of small stones and without carving (in its original form), on the other hand, the outside was made of big and carved stones that fit perfectly with each other, and you will hardly find any opening.

In the place there is a variety of burials, ranging from the most rustic to the finest mausoleums made with stone of many angles. At the top you can see an outstanding row that adorns the chullpa, in some you will also find figures of snakes and lizards.

How to get to Sillustani?

To get to Sillustani we have to be in the city of Puno (most recommended route) in which you have to take a bus to Juliaca to come to Sillustani, the approximate time to get there are 3 hours and a half round trip.

On the way you will pass through Paucacolla at kilometer 12 on the shores of Lake Titicaca, then you must follow the road; at kilometer 20 you will have to turn left, and you must pass through the crops of the ancient Waru Waru or camellones, and then you go to another town called Hatunkolla and you arrived at Sillustani.

Keep in mind that from the city of Puno there are several cars and agencies that take you to this tourist attraction.

Where is Sillustani located?

The Chullpas of Sillustani is located about 34 km from Puno, north of the Umayo Lagoon.

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We organize the tour according to your time and days of visit, of course you as a tourist should no longer worry about accommodation, entrance tickets, mobility, lunch as the company is responsible for organizing everything.

You just have to dedicate yourself to enjoy your visit to the maximum in each of the tourist sites that you are going to visit, going to the Chullpas of Sillustani is like going back in time and show its Inca cultural importance.

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