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Sillustani

Puno, Puno, Peru
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Puno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cemeteries
Description: These fascinating ruins consist of huge, cylinder-shaped towers in which pre-Inca tribes buried the elite members of their community.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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302 reviews 302 reviews
38 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We went to Sillustani in late afternoon, on the way to Juliaca airport on a private tour booked with All Ways travel. This is the best time to go, as it's less crowded and the afternoon sunlight is perfect for photos. The site was fabulous, extremely scenic (if there was one thing the pre-Inca and Inca people were good at... More

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Normal, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

When you first get to the site you look at the daunting climb in the high altitude to get to the top of this wonderful archeological site. Most people think "no way." Take my word for it, it is worth the effort; take your time and bring a guide. Lots of history and fascinating facts about the pre-Inca people.

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Canberra
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157 reviews 157 reviews
50 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Quite apart from the amazing chullpa from about 4 different cultures and time periods dating back to 800BC, the views from the peninsula were absolutely stunning

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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My favorite thing we did in Puno was visit these ruins. We paid for a guide and he ended up making the experience even better. Very nice change of pace after visiting the Uros....

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Lent
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

A bit strange to take a tour to a cemetery, but this place is a must. Situated on a peninsula in a small lake you get spectacular views. And yes, the tombs are nice too. We had a tour, a bit of explanation was nice. But you can easily visit this place on your own, by taxi!

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New York City, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I think this was the best thing I did in Puno. The tour guide explained to us what are different groups of people who used to live in Puno area before Incans ruled and how their burial rituals/customs have evolved over time. In Sillustani, you can actually how different types of tombs. At the end of the walk from checking... More

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Milton, Wisconsin
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129 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This hillside above Punk had been used for many centuries. Many different civilizations buried their important people here. Some of the sites are being redone due to either erosion from the rains, earthquakes or lightening strikes. The Spaniards destroyed many of the grave sights, wanting the native people to turn to Christianity. Archeologists were digging in the 70's and found... More

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Caythorpe, England
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141 reviews 141 reviews
47 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is well worth a visit. You do have a walk up the hill from the car-park, a 5/10 minute wander to the base of the hill. You then have a 10 minute walk to the top that may affect some due to the altitude so do take time over your visit. The funerary towers are amazing, although they have... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It is worth booking a guide for Sillustani as lots of little (but interesting) things are not being explained on the signs. Our guide was very passionate and let us free time to relax a bit and take pictures. The scenery was extraordinary and impressive (more beautiful than the Isla Taquile). We stopped also at the Puma Mirador on the... More

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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Not a lot of tourists go here but they should. This area about an hour from Puno is historically significant. A 10 minute walk past a row of souvenir and clothing stands brings you to a 10 min climb up a winding trail where your guide can explain the pre-Incan and Incan civilizations tombs. The circular structures are spread over... More

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