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Altiplano : Sillustani
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Sillustani is a tiny settlement some 40 km from Puno, in the Peruian Altiplano.


Hundreds of years ago, the ancient people from the Altiplano, that lived at the shore of the mystical Lake Titicaca, built a series of funeral towers to bury their kings and other important people of their regions. The Sillustani towers are perhaps the finest and the most perfect cylindrical constructions of ancient Peru, as such perfection can be found no where else in South America. A tour to Sillustani will give you a better view into the life of pre-Inca civilizations, and exploring the area, you can marvel with the great beauty of the Umayo Lagoon, which is located at the foot of Sillustani.

Get in[edit]

  • Some taxi are waiting at the highway level, you could organize that they wait for you and bring you back to the highway.
  • The taxis function as public transport and can take you to Sillustani for a colectivo fare of 3.50s
  • Dozens of agencies in Puno offer half-day trips, mostly leaving around 2 PM and returning around sunset. Going price is 25-30 Soles, including entrance fee. 40 minutes. Most travel agencies offer the trip in the afternoon.
  • You could also organize with a taxi in Puno. (90 Soles with one hour of waiting, 100 Soles with 2 hours of waiting.) Taking a taxi, give you the advantage of coming in the morning and seeing the wild guinea pigs.

Get around[edit]


  • Them ruins. Entrance fee 10 Soles.
  • Wild guinea pigs
  • Alpaca
  • Bird watching
  • On the way to Sillustani, you've got typical houses where you could experience local food (Cheese, potatoes and clay).


Walk the ruins and see the stunning lake.


  • Quite a few stalls sell handicraft similar to what is found in Puno.


There is a restaurant...


...and a "Café/Bar".


You can camp near the ruins, it is safe, free and peaceful. Just ask the workers.


Get out[edit]

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