The archaeological site of Sillustani is located 34 k.m away from the city of Puno (22,3 miles, about 35 minutes drive) and at an altitude of 3,840mts (12,858 feet) above sea level. This visit allows visitors to enjoy stunning highland landscapes and imposing pre-Inca architecture. The site is strategically positioned on the top of a peninsula surrounded by a beautiful lagoon called Umayo lagoon.
The archaeological site of Sillustani was a cemetery built in the XIII century by a civilization that occupied the area before the Inka domination. The creators of the imposing burial towers are known as Kolla people. The most imposing burial towers were built for the chiefs and priests. For our ancient cultures, the cemeteries were important resting places for the deceased people. Therefore, our ancestors would strategically choose for burial ground exceptionally beautiful spots. Cemeteries were considered sacred places.
When walking around this peninsula, we can feel the energy that emanates from this site. Many people come to appreciate this unique view of the vast highland surrounded by the Andean mountains and the beautiful lagoon Umayo, they cannot go away without feeling their hearts recharged with peace.
WHY CULTURAL SILLUSTANI?
In the community of Atuncolla 14 families have organized to form the Association of Living Tourism under the name LOS QOLLAS SILLUSTANI, ASTURIS. The association is open, meaning that other families are welcome to join as long as they accept the obligations and rights established by the statutes of the association. Families participating in the association have improved their housing facilities and have prepared kitchen and lodging with the objective to provide services of room and board to visitors interested in the rural tourism experience.
The local residents are the descendants of the Qollas, pertaining to the Qolla Kingdom between 1200 AC and 1400 BC in the highland region of Peru. The Qollas rose to power following the collapse of the Tiahuanaco culture of the 12th century. The Incas later conquered them.
ROUTE AND ITINERARY
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control ￼including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
- 8:00: The group will leave Puno, with a tour guide, to the town of Atuncolla. There you will spend the night in homes of families of the Association, housing two people per family. Once in Hatuncolla, we will settle in with our respective host families if we are a small group of 4 people. If we are a larger group we will leave the luggage in one place and settle in with host families later. Then, you will go to the town of Cacsi where you will visit a school and participate in activities with the children (for example, reading stories, drawing, painting, and playing) in school days*. After these activities, we leave for a ride on the local fishing boats in the Umayo lagoon to approach the island of Umayo where there are families of vicuñas in their natural habitat. With some luck, we might spot some vicuñas from our little boats. Next, we visit the archaeological site of Sillustani, and finally the group returns to Atuncolla where lunch will await us.
- 14:00: In the afternoon, we will have free time to explore and hike around the village or to share in playing sports with the local children.
- 18:00: Dinner with a local family.
- Overnight at local house.
- 8:00: Breakfast.
- Afterwards, you will accompany your respective families to participate in their daily activities/chores such as planting or harvesting potatoes, quinoa, oats, etc. (activities depend on seasonal practices), feed cows, llamas, alpacas, or prepare the earth for the upcoming planting season.
- 12:00: Lunch.
- 14:00: The group will return to Puno.
I WANT TO VISIT THE VILLAGE’S SCHOOL, WHEN IS A GOOD TIME?
School season in Peru in rural areas runs from April 1st through July 15th and again from August 15th through December 15th. Summer holidays start in Mid-December to April 1st. The School visit can only be provided during weekdays. If you are very interested in visiting the school and sharing time with the local students please make sure you tell our agent to check if the date of your visit is suitable for a school visit.
WHAT ESSENTIALS SHOULD I BRING?
It is recommended to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF,
moisturizing cream, bathing suit (just in case water is cold in the lake!), a hat, warm and comfortable clothes for night and dawn hours, cotton T-shirts during daytime, hand sanitizer and camera.
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