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Sunset at Lake Umayo seen from the Colla civilization ruins at Sillustani. The round thing in the middle is an island, elevation here is about 3900m. The place was windless and very quiet, deserted, with only a few people meditating around the site, some believe the site is a powerful spiritual centre, perhaps that explains why this was the only place where I REAALLY felt the effects of altitude sickness, 5 days after arriving at high altitude.
Scanned from a SEVERELY damaged negative, better to pretent the little white spots are "stars".
Sorry to disappoint those who may have expected to see photos of Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in the workshop.
About the site:

32 kms form Puno are the Chullpas (pre-Columbian funeral towers) of Sillustani, beautifully set on a peninsula in Lake Umayo surrounded by stark altiplano.

The Chullpas were built by the Aymara-speaking Collas - a tribe that dominated the Titicaca region before the Incas. Each tower contained the remains of Colla nobility accompanied by their riches. Grave robbers have since removed their contents, although the towers are well preserved and well worth seeing. The engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. Two of the towers are unfinished: one with a ramp still in place to raise blocks; the other with cut stones ready to go on a very ambitions dome.

May future Presidente Barreto restore the ruins to their former glory and ensure hot water supply in every guesthouse in Puno.

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