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Sillustani: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Puno: Half-Day Sillustani Inca Ruins

1. From Puno: Half-Day Sillustani Inca Ruins

On this tour, you’ll be picked up from your downtown hotel in the afternoon (approximately 13:50) and be transferred to your destination of Sillustani (40 minute travel time). After arriving at the complex of Sillustani, the guide will take you for a walk of about 30 minutes to the different chullpas of Sillustani or funerary towers from Inca and Pre-Inca cultures that rise up to 12 meters in height. See the beauty of the Lagoon Umayo around the location of the chullpas. If the group wants, you can also visit a farmhouse on the road (where you will see the life of the Andean people), and then return to the city of Puno.

Half-Day Sillustani Inca Cemetery Tour

2. Half-Day Sillustani Inca Cemetery Tour

The tour starts in the afternoon with a pick-up from your hotel in Puno city. Heading to the north of the city the bus will make a stop on the road for you to see the nice view of Lake Titicaca and Puno city. The bus continues to reach Sillustani where your guide will explain the purpose of the funeral towers and the history of the last days of the Incas. Different kinds of tombs are spread out in the area, some of them dating back to pre Incan times (1000 years old) and you will also see the Incan tombs. The cemetery is located on the shores of Lake Umayo which makes the experience special.  Returning to Puno, the bus will stop to see local life such as Lamas and Alpacas.

From Puno: Full-Day Uros Taquile Sillustani Tour

3. From Puno: Full-Day Uros Taquile Sillustani Tour

On this tour, you can visit the island of Uros, Taquile and go overland to Sillustani. Speedboat traveling means less travel time to have time to visit the Sillustani ruins at your return. This tour to the island of Taquile includes a speedboat ride, pick-up from your hotel between 06:50 and 07:05 to be taken to the port of Puno, where you will proceed to take a fast boat and embark towards your destination of the floating islands of Uros. Your Spanish/ English-speaking guide will release the life of these amazing people to you. Then, go to the Port of Taquile (1-hour and 15 minute drive), the island where you will take a 20 minute walk to a local restaurant and eat a delicious trout (or omelet). Have time to walk (on your own) on the island. Afterward, you will go to the parade ground to get to know a little bit more about the life of Taquileños showing you how they lived through their textiles. Return at about 14:20 back to the island and arrive to Puno at approximately 15:30. Then, immediately go on a private tour of the famous Sillustani chullpas, where you can discover the lagoon called Umayo and visit the Inca and pre-Inca tombs.

From Puno: Sillustani Half Day Tour

4. From Puno: Sillustani Half Day Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in downtown Puno, make your way to the Sillustani Archaeological Site, one of the largest necropolises in the world. Discover how ancient civilizations considered cemeteries to be places of rest and rebirth, choosing beautiful regions to build their sacred cemeteries. Sillustani is located on the shores of Lake Umayo, and is surrounded by mountains which create a feeling of peace and harmony. As you explore the site, discover more than 90 "chullpas" (mausoleums) which stand out. Admire the gigantic primitive stone mausoleums reach more than 12 meters high and are unique because the base of each tower is smaller in diameter than the top. Learn about the different types of burial sites, from the most rustic, Pre-Inca, to the most sophisticated mausoleums, with multi-angled stones of fitted on the outside.

Uros, Amantani, Taquile Island and Sillustani

5. Uros, Amantani, Taquile Island and Sillustani

First Day: Uros and Amantani Island  On this tour to Amantani, Uros and Taquile islands, passengers are picked up from hotels in downtown to the port, then take a comfortable motor boat. Your  guide (Spanish / English) will take you to the Uros floating islands (30 min travel time), before reaching Amantani (approx. 2.5 hours). Walk (30 min uphill) to local houses in Amantani Island, then eat a lunch provided by the islanders. There will be time for resting before walking to the top of the island to see the ceremonial Inca temples Pachamama and Pachatata, and you will also enjoy one of the best sunsets in the world. Return to the local house for dinner, then at night dance with the families (the party is optional). Second Day: Taquile and Sillustani After breakfast, descend to the port of Amantani (8:00 am) to take a boat towards Taquile island. Have lunch at the island and then return to the Port of Amantani (1:00 pm.) Arrive in Puno at around 3:30 pm. Your guide will then be waiting to take you Sillustani. Visit for approximately 1 hour before returning to Puno. 

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What people are saying about Sillustani

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Our guide Gilbert was informative, interesting and very easy to understand. The trip was exactly as expected with the exception of a stop at a lookout. Having said that, we were running somewhat late due to pick up issues so maybe that was the reason. We learnt much and even the stop at a local farm was done well and with none of this awkward shuffling that sometimes happens. We were asked to either purchase from the farmer or leave a donation, both of which were acceptable considering we had tasted their food and had small but adequate demonstrations of their various skills. And the photo opportunities with the animals couldn’t be missed.

Quite well!

The guide was nice and spoke English very well! However, we stopped at a farm on the way to the "cemetery". There we could pet the llamas and visit the house. Sounds cute ... However, I felt more like an intruder and was ashamed of the behavior of my fellow travelers, who photographed every millimeter of the house and even a toddler. The "cemetery" itself was breathtaking! Must visit!

Magical place, with an indescribable charm: it even seems logical that the place was chosen as the site of a necropolis. The perception of a different place is clear.

very interesting trip

beautiful walk, beautiful landscapes, interesting explanations from the guide.