In this excursion in Puno we invite you to visit the pre-Inca funerary towers of the archaeological site of Sillustani, where you will learn about the various ancient cultures who used these monuments to house the mummies of the noble families.
This site is located on a hill with beautiful views, as in front is the beautiful Umayo, a lagoon that according to local legend is haunted. In addition we can learn what local life is like today, as we will stop to experience its reality in a local home.
In this tour we will pick you up from your hotel around 2:00 p.m. in a trip of approximately 40 minutes, in which we will stop at a viewpoint where you can see Puno from the height . Upon arrival we will take an hour and a half ride in the Sillustani complex with a guide.
The famous Chullpas are towers constructed in stone that were used by diverse cultures, among them the collas and later by the Incas. The chullpa of the Lizard stands out for being the highest of site, reaching more than 12 meters of height.
In the vicinity you can see some waru waru, which are artificial earth mounds designed to protect crops against frosts and floods. With luck in Sillustani you can also observe wild pigs of the Indies, birds like flamingos and other wild animals of the high Andes.
At the end of the tour we will see Lake Umayo, which is located in front of the archaeological zone. There are several legends about the origin of this lake that we will be told by the guide once we are there. In its central part it has a peculiar flat island in the top that nowadays is a reserve of vicunas.
On the way back we will stop at a local house where we can see the way of life in the area, try typical foods and take pictures with the llamas and the alpacas of the families. Then we will arrive to Puno at 6:00 pm and we will take you back to your hotel.