Photo of the Week: Sillustani Funeral Towers
The towers contain the remains of many elders, families, nobility, and people of importance within the Colla tribe. The chullpas were built out of perfectly constructed pieces of stone, and the deceased were placed within the towers from above. Within the towers were so dry and isolated, that some of the bodies became mummified.
Originally the towers contained the riches of the deceased as well, as offerings to the spirits, but have long since been taken by grave robbers.
The entire area is stunning. I came when a storm was rolling in and the dark clouds tumbled across the sky. they illuminated the towers, mountains, and lakes surrounding and gave the area an even more mystical feel. I didn’t stick around for the downpour, but watching those clouds roll in as I stared across the expanse was one of my fondest memories of Peru.