CULTURAL SILLUSTANI… A COMMUNITY BEHIND THE SCENES
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 descendents 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.
Cultural Sillustani (Half Day and lunch)
The group leaves Puno with an English-speaking guide to the town of Atuncolla where they will stop to contact a local guide. The local guide will join the group in the transport service and they will continue to the pier of Casci. Here, they will take a ride in fishing boats in the Umayo lagoon to the pier of Sillustani. After docking the boats, the group will visit the Funeral Towers of Sillustani. Finishing the excursion, the group will return to the town of Atuncolla where they will have lunch and either return to the city of Puno or continue on to the airport of Juliaca.
Cultural Sillustani, soft trekking and educational activities( 5-6 hours tour and lunch)
The group leaves Puno at 8:00 am, with their guide, to the town of Atuncolla where they will stop to contact a local guide. The guide will accompany them in a walk for roughly an hour and a half to the town of Cacsi, where they will participate in activities with the children in the school (for example, reading stories, drawing, painting, and playing). Meanwhile, the host families prepare grilled potatoes for the guests in an earth oven or with rocks. After activities with the children, the group will enjoy a snack of cooked potatoes and later leaves for a ride on the fishing boats in the Umayo lagoon to the island of Umayo where they will see vicuñas in their natural habitat. Next, the boats will take them to the pier of Sillustani where they will dock to visit the Funeral Towers of Sillustani. Upon finishing the visit, the group will return to their transport service and travel to Atuncolla, where they will have lunch, and later continue to Puno.
Cultural Sillustani and home-stay (2 day / 1 night)
The group will leave Puno, with their guide, to the town of Atuncolla. There they will spend the night in homes of families of the Association, housing two people per family. Later, after settling in with their respective families, they will go with their guide and a local guide to the peak of Patas hill for a treking outing. In route, they will be able to see the ruins of the pre-Inka and Inka Funeral Tours. In the fields they will find different types of plants used for medicinal purposes as well as for dying wool. The guide will offer explanations about the different plant types and will also explain about agricultural activities practiced locally. Finally, they will arrive to the town of Cacsi where they will visit a school and participate in activities with the children (for example, reading stories, drawing, painting, and playing). Meanwhile, the host families prepare grilled potatoes for the guests in an earth oven or with rocks. After activities with the chidlren, the group will enjoy a snack of cooked potatoes and later leave for a ride on the fishing boats in the Umayo lagoon to the island of Umayo where there are families of vicuñas in their natural habitat or they will go directly to the pier of Sillustani. Next, they will dock the boats and visit the Funeral Tours of Sillustani, and finally return to Atuncolla in their transport where lunch will await them.
In the afternoon, they will have free time to rest or share playing sports with the local children. At 18:00 hrs, they will have a dinner and in the evening enjoy music performed by local families or read and paint with the children.
Breakfast will be served at 8:00Am. Afterwards, tourists will accompany their respective families to participate in their daily activities/chores such as planting or harvesting potatoes, quinua, oats, etc. (activities depend on seasonal practices), feed cows, llamas, alpacas, or prepare the earth for the upcoming planting season.
Lunch is served at 12:00PM and at 14:00 hrs the group will return to Puno