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Sillustani is located 34 km northwest of the city of Puno, on the shore of beautiful Umayo Lagoon, in Peru. It is one of the many sites in the Puno area where ancient burial towers called chullpas are found.

Chullpas are tall funerary tombs constructed out of stone and clay, usually 2 to 4 meters high, but some may reach up to 12 meters. They were built during the 13th and 14th century by the inhabitants of the old Aymara kingdoms settled in the Bolivian Altiplano before the Incas, though there are similar constructions raised in Bolivia, Peru and northern Chile during the Inca period. Archeologists believe this structures were copied by the Inca after they occupied their territories.

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