Puno is an ideal destination for travelers, archaeological enthusiasts, admirers of colonial religious monuments, handicraft collectors, lovers of local popular traditions, wildlife lovers, and adventure sports. Puno and Lake Titicaca are destinations for exploring all year round.
Puno is the folklore capital of the highlands, and it is the party and legend of the Titicaca coast. The Puno area “settled on the Andean plateau,” dominated by Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the holy land of the Incas and consists of natural and artificial islands.
It has a dome of pre-Spanish archaeological sites, and from their origin, chullpas are called “tombs.” Its church features evident colonial architecture. Puno is a town proud of Quechua and Aymara’s past. During Candelaria’s Maiden’s Day, its folk traditions flourish year after year in dances and ceremonies.
With a trip to Puno and Lake Titicaca, you can learn more about your perfect itinerary, accommodation options, and prices. The recommended minimum time for essential visits to Puno and Lake Titicaca is three days. A single trip is not enough to discover all the wonders of the Puno Andean highlands. Due to the convenient connection of flight or bus service. For lovers of ancient culture, we recommend Tiwanaku. We also offer tours and travel packages from Puno, Peru, to the best locations in Cusco, organized by destination, trip, or combination.
Puno is a “city of holy lakes” because Lake Titicaca is located on its land and is famous for the myths that originated from the legends of Manco Capac and Mother Ocllo.
Among the tourist attractions in Puno, the Plaza of Arms and other places are recognized, and in the center, you can find a statue that reproduces the image of Francisco Bolognese. The square does surround by influential political and religious sites in the area. One of them is the Puno Cathedral, which was built under the protection of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in the seventeenth century and is today part of the country’s cultural heritage.
Another engaging resource for religious tourism in the city is the San Juan Temple, also known as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Candelaria, which is now considered a national cultural heritage and is only 300 meters from the Plaza de Armas. Many museums near Puno Square, including the Carlos Dreyer Museum, are 100 meters away from the Plaza de Armas. This museum consists of a two-story building with 08 rooms, which houses the Inca Room, the Regional Archaeology Room, the “Treasures of Sillustani,” Carlos Dreyer’s paintings, and Laykakota Circle, etc.
Puno is located in the southeastern Peru, on the Shore of Titicaca Lake. The capital of the state of Puno is Puno city with a population of 110,000. The city was established in 1668 by Viceroy Pedro Antonio Fernandez de Castro as capital of the province of Paucarcolla with the name San Juan Bautista de Puno. The name was later changed to San Carlos de Puno, in honor of King Charles II of Spain. Puno has several churches dating back from the colonial period, they were built to service the Spanish population and evangelize the natives.
Today, Puno is an important agricultural and livestock region; particularly of South plains. Many homes in Puno much like surrounding cities are half-finished particularly of South so that the inhabitants do not have to pay taxes. Much of the city economy relies on American camels (llamas and alpacas) which graze on its immense plateaus and the black market, fueled by cheap goods smuggled in from Bolivia. Puno has been designated to become a Special Economic Zone by one of Peru’s president. Puno is served by the Inca Manko Capac International Airport located in Juliaca.
Climate: With large temperature variations between day and night. The ideal time to visit is between May and October, when the days are sunny, very rare rainfall and diurnal temperature reaches 25°C / 77°F. The nights are always cold (though rarely below 0°C / 32°F).
There are scheduled flights to the city of Juliaca, about an hour drive to Puno.
By road from Cusco to Puno 8 hours 345km
By road from Arequipa to Puno 7 Hours
Services: The infrastructure (accommodation and meals) is abundant in the Titicaca Lake.
This wonderful Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world (3808 Masl /12,493 Ft.). It measures 194 km / 120.28 miles long and 40.3 / 65 km wide, occupying 8.710 km2 / 5,400.2 miles (2,139 / 3.450 in Peru, Bolivia 3,261.2 / 5.260) and has a maximum depth of / 281 m. 921.91 ft. One can hardly imagine that it takes at least a day to cross by boat.
The area offers extraordinary fauna composed of ducks, fish such as search, the capache and trout, as well as alpacas and llamas among others. The flora is composed of reeds which are used not only as a food but also as a building material pair houses, canoes.
Uros is small archipelago of islets of reeds ancestrally inhabited by traders and fisher folk; is a beautiful community located six kilometers into Titicaca. Today manage to sustain its tradition and receive tourist groups who observe their particular way of life and customs.
This is a peaceful Island on Titicaca Lake, situated 35 Km / 21.7 miles (4 hours by boat) east from Puno. There are no roads or electricity in Taquile but there are plenty of hills and archaeological ruins and temples. The landscapes dominated by tiered platforms with potatoes, corns, quinoa and broad beans are cultivated; ceremonial sites hosting rituals imploring for abundant harvest and fishing and the hospitality of the Aymara people, which are so outstandingly organized. The textile industry is the main activity on this island and the garments they manufacture relate to their daily chores.
This island is located 36 kilometers from Puno city, is characterized by the presence of bushes. It is interesting to visit the two natural views where you can see the remains of pre-Hispanic Pacha Tata temple of Pacha Mama, Inca Chinkana, Tihana and Inca mummies Cemetery.
Sillustani is located 34 km / 21.08 miles from Puno city. Famous for the Chullpas: circular stone towers erected to house the remains of the main leaders of the early settlers of the Collao. A short distance from the resort, is located the site museum, in which are preserved various parts of cultures Kolla, Inca and Tiawanaco.
Juliaca is the largest city in the department of Puno and the famous commercial center of llamas and alpacas.
19 km / 11.78 miles from Puno city, this beautiful place has a marvelous church: Our Lady of Assumption and a small Inca temple dedicated to fertility.
The temple of Fertility is located 18 kilometers from Puno. Characterized building stone walls and carved almost two meters high. Inca Uyo It is an important ceremonial center (Mystical site).