Arequipa, Colca, Puno & Lake Titicaca
Cusco, Sacred Valley & Puno
Impressive tombs or chullpas in the Umayo Lagoon 34 kilometers away from Puno are located the Sillustani chullpas, in the Peninsula that is introduced inside the brilliant and blue waters of Umayo Lagoon at 4000 meters over sea level. This […]
34 kilometers away from Puno are located the Sillustani chullpas, in the Peninsula that is introduced inside the brilliant and blue waters of Umayo Lagoon at 4000 meters over sea level. This amazing lagoon, which has a depth of approximately 14 meters, it is connected by the Chaullamayo and Ccaccapunco rivers at the southeast and north respectively, and it communicates through Illpa river with Lake Titicaca.
Sillustani has around 90 chullpas with the shape of an inverted cone. According to the story, before the corpses of the highest Kolla authorities were placed in the tombs, these were mummified in fetal position. These authorities were the most representative of the Inca Empire.
The belongings were placed along with their bodies, which was made to keep respect for the same authorities and everything that had characterized them during their government period. Some included gold and silver objects, food or ceramic utensils.
The chullpas were placed in the top of a small hill. Between the most famous, we find the Lagarto chullpa, called like that due to the big stone blocks of that are on the foundation. This is the most representative of the culture, as it is found in Sillustani and, besides, was built on the Inca era, with stones that fit perfectly.Share this tour