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Puno Travel: Puno is a pretty tourist city on the shores of Lake Titicaca on the Altiplano of Peru. The city's biggest attraction is its proximity to Lake Titicaca.

Puno's importance to the vast Inca empire was reflected in a legendary connection. Inca tradition has it that Manco Capac, the first Inca, rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca, under the orders of the Sun God, to found the Inca Empire, which would be centered in the neighboring region and city of Cuzco.

This region of Peru is famous for its varied and colorful folk traditions, as it has some of the most dazzling and richest folklore ceremonies to be witnessed in this part of the continent.

is a city in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, at 3,860 m (12,421 ft) above sea level and the largest city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province.

This City is reflected by the importance on the connection with the Inca, in last times says that Manco Capac, the first Inca, who rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca, under the orders of the Sun God.

After the Incas incorporated the region of Titikaka and the Kolla-culture under Inca Mayta Capac to the empire of Tahuantinsuyo and became part of the region of Kollasuyu. The importance of this Suyu into the empire was especially the presence of gold and silver mines, the breeding of alpacas and llamas for wool and meat and the culture of altitude plants as potatoes, quinua, coffee and ,many more.

When the Spaniards reached Cusco in the mid 16th century, they beard of the great mining wealth of this region, especially for the existing gold and silver. The bloody battles ensuing in the 17th century over the possession of the Laikakota Mines (9km west from the City of Puno ) forced the Viceroy, Count of Lemos, to travel to the area and to pacify it, resulting in the founding of the present City of Puno , capital of the department. Founded on November 4, 1668 , it was named San carlos de Puno.

With the passing of time, in their effort to evangelize the native people of the peruvian altiplano, Spanish priests erected beautiful churches, with artists from Puno implanting their original style.

But it is not famous only for it's beautiful churches, is also for its varied and colorful folk traditions, as it has some of the most dazzling and richest folklore ceremonies around of the continent.

Now days, the city of Puno has an important agricultural and livestock region; particularly of South American camellias (Vicuñas, alpacas and llamas) which graze on its immense plateaus and plains.

Much of the city economy relies on the black market, fueled by cheap goods smuggled in from Bolivia

Puno has been designated to become a Special Economic Zone or "Zona Ecomomica" by Peru's president, Alan Garcia.

South Andean zone, plateau, 12,555 feet (3,827 m) above sea level.

241.7 miles (389 km) from Cuzco
201.9 miles (325 km) from Arequipa
817 miles (1315 km) from Lima
91,9 miles (148 km) from Desagüadero (frontier with Bolivia), and 69.6 miles (112 km) from Desagüadero to La Paz (Bolivia).

POPULATION:  Departmental Population: 1057.606.

CLIMATE: there are two stations of the year: rainy (the December. April) and the semi drought (May. December) the days are  with regular weather and its nights  cold reach 8°C.

CAPITAL: Puno to 3827m.s.n.m is located in the great plateau of the Collao is the greater producer of quinua. Agriculturist and cattle dealer (bovine, ovine, alpacas, flames).

OVERLAND From Lima via Arequipa (1,303km)
From Arequipa (294km)
Cusco (394km)
Tacna (376km)

AERIAL: The airport of Julica this to 40 minutes of Puno.

RAIL WAY : From Cusco 381km.  And From Arequipa 350km.

TOWARDS BOLIVIA: The border steps are:

TERRESTRIAL: By highway via Drainage (border with Bolivia) to 150km of Puno, and Drainage to the Seat to 102km, happening through the ruins of the Tiahuanaco they are approximately 10 hours of trip.

By highway via yunguyo to 135km of puno, until Copacabana (Bolivia) where crosses the lake by the Straits of Tiquina towards the Bolivian side, continuing the route by an excellent highway until La Paz They are 12 hours of trip approximately.

LACUSTRINE: The lacustre port of Juli they leave the hydrofoil until the Bolivian cities Copacabana and Huajata. And the Catamaran of the port of Copacabana towards Juli.

In the city
The Cathedral of Puno
: Located in front of the Main Square, finished in 1756. Is a temple of a single nave with the shape of a Latin cross. Its main facade is carved in granite with rich ornamentation, with great influence of indigenous builders, outstanding San Marcos's and San Mateo sculptures.

El Mirador del cerro Huajsapata:
Located in the west area of the city on a high hill giving a panoramic view of the city of Puno and Lake Titicaca. On the summit is found the statue of the First Inca Manco Cápac.

Museo de Arte Popular de Puno:
Exhibition of several popular art pieces of the region. Located at Deza Street No. 257.

El Balcón del Conde de Lemos: Located at the corners of the streets Count of Lemos and Deustua, it is a beautiful Colonial balcony located on the house of the Count of Lemos.

Museo Municipal Dreyer:
Exhibition of a collection of pre-Inca pieces. It is located at Conde de Lemos Street No. 289.

Lake Titicaca:
This beautiful water mirror is between the territories of Peru and Bolivia, to a 3821 altitude of m.s.n.m., reason why the lake navigable upper of the world is considered.

The city of Puno is surrounded by 41 floating islands, The Uros is the name of a group of pre-Incan people who live on 42 self-fashioned floating man-made islets located in Lake Titicaca off Puno, Peru. They use the totora plant to make boats (balsas mats) of bundled dried reeds as well as to make the islands themselves.[1] Around 3,000 descendants of the Uros are alive today, although only a few hundred still live on and maintain the islands; most have moved to the mainland. The Uros also bury their dead on the mainland in special cemeteries.

The purpose of the island settlements was originally defensive, and if a threat arose they could with difficulty be moved. The largest island retains a watchtower almost entirely constructed of reeds.

They still depend on the lake for their survival. The area surrounding the city was where the Aymara civilization started.

Located to 30 km of the city of Puno. Is an island which sits on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca 45 km offshore from the city of Puno. About 1,700 people live on the island, which is 5.5 by 1.6 km in size (maximum measurements), with an area of 5.72 km². The highest point of the island is 4050 m and the main village is at 3950 m. The inhabitants, known as Taquileños, are southern Quechua speakers, this inhabitants are famous by their hospitality, its vests, shirts and other weaves by hand that can be acquired in their stores of crafts even conserve their cultural patterns in their clothes and typical dances.

Located 37 km from the port of the city Puno and about 4 hours 30 minutes motorboat ride, this island is also important for its ethnic and cultural value and are also known for their textiles, as well as their ceramics. Most of the inhabitants live in houses of adobe.[ is a natural building material mixed from sand, clay, and straw, dung or other fibrous materials, which is shaped into bricks using frames and dried in the sun. It is similar to cob and mud brick. Adobe structures are extremely durable and account for the oldest extant buildings on the planet. Adobe buildings also offer significant advantages in hot, dry climates; they remain cooler as adobe stores and releases heat very slowly.] There is a small health clinic and school on Amantaní, and, there are no hotels, but some families offer meals and overnight lodging to tourists with basic accommodations . In return, guests are expected to bring food (such as rice or sugar) as a gift or in other cases will cost extra (from 7US$ to 10US$ per person per night that you have to pay directly to them). The island has no cars and is powered for only a few hours a day by a generator.

Pucara: To 101 km to the north of the city Puno and to 1,45 hours approx in car. Its pottery has reached great reputation specially by its “Toritos de Pucará”.

Sillustani Burial Towers
Hundreds of years ago, the ancient people from the Altiplano, that lived at the shore of the mystical Lake Titicaca, built a series of funeral towers to bury their kings and other important people of their regions.

The architecture of the site is often considered more complex than typical Incan architecture. In contrast with the Inca, who used stones of varying shapes, the Colla used even rectangular edges.

The chullpas are not unique to Sillustani and are found across the Altiplano, the site is considered the best and most preserved example of them, are perhaps the finest and the most perfect cylindrical constructions of ancient Peru, as such perfection can be found no where else in South America.

Puno is the Capital of the Folklore because it variety of typical dances best admires on the Candelaria Virgin celebration in February.




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 Uros Taquile Full Day

Pick up from your Hotel around 7:00 am to visit the flouting Island of the Uros located 10 km from Puno, the travel is around 2 hours.
The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake,


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 Sillustani Chullpas

Pre-Colombian funeral towers - Half day tour
The tour stars in the afternoon around 2:00 pm the Funeral towers are located in a desert and quiet area but you will get impressive with the beautiful setting on a peninsula on lake.


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 Chucuito and Pomata

Pick up from your Hotel In the morning we will start with the visit to Chucuito, located 18km from Puno, where the famous Asuncion temple is located, July Is known as the Little Rome of America, and founded on April 2 of 1565 located to 84 km from Puno


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 Uros Taquile 2 Day

Recommendable only for adventure tourist
This is an excursion of 2 days with overnight in the paradisiacal Island of Amantany. And the reason why we only recommend as a adventure tour is because in order to visit Amantany you will need to spend a night there but it has to be


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 Titicaca Lake Cruise

You will picked up from your hotel at 6:30 am. You will go overland across the border through the colonial town of Juli, and the village of Yunguyo: July and Pomata were very important cultural centers in the 17th century


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 Sun Island Overnight

You will picked up from your hotel at 6,30 am. You will go overland across the border through the colonial town of Juli, and the village of Yunguyo: July and Pomata were very important cultural centers in the 17th century


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 Puno la Paz Full Day

You will picked up from your hotel at 6,30 am. You will go overland across the border through the colonial town of Juli, and the village of Yunguyo: July and Pomata were very important cultural centers in the 17th century and their magnificent churches give testimony to that old splendor.


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 Puno la Paz 2 Days

Chinkana Inca Holy Temple , the island's most spectacular ruins complex, the main feature is the Palacio del Inca also known as "El Labirinto" .This maze of stone walls and tiny doorways overlooks a lovely white beach lapped by deep blue waters.


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