Between Puno and Juliaca is Sillustani (40 minutes by bus from each side), It is a site from the Pucara and Tiwanaku cultures, it sits on a hilltop overlooking Lake Umayo,with a good variety of flora and water Birds like the Giant Andean Coot, the white tufted, and Silvery Grebes, the Puna Ibis, the Andean Goose, the black crowned Night-Heron, the Speckled and Puna Teals, the Yellow-Billed Pintail, the Andean Gull and others. In Sillustani, we find hundreds of funerary towers called CHULLPAS, those were built by the Incas in the 15th century (they occupied this site on that date aprox.). More important people were buried in the towers, while lesser people were buried in similarly-shaped areas below ground. There is also a small island in the lake that is a reserve and has herds of llamas and alpacas.
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