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Puno is 3,800 meters above sea level and is one of the highest cities in Peru. It is near the border with Bolivia, next to Lake Titicaca and surrounded by hills. It is known as the folkloric capital of the country for its variety of cultural and artistic expressions, among which the festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria stands out, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Although it is a small city, it has a lot to offer the traveler.
Information for your trip to Puno
The fastest way to get to Puno is to fly directly from Lima, Cusco or Arequipa and then take a taxi to get to the city in 30 minutes. You can also travel by bus from Lima in a journey of almost 20 hours, although the most common is to do it from Cusco or Arequipa, which are closer. Another more luxurious option is to take the Belmond Andean Explorer train from Cusco and have a different experience.
Tips for your trip
The best time to travel to Puno is before or after the rainy season, which runs from December to March. You must be very warm, because the highest temperature is 16 ° C throughout the year and take precautions due to the altitude, since they can suffer from a lack of oxygen (soroche). It is advisable to have at least one day to adapt to the weather, go slowly.
What can we do while on tour in Puno?
Puno is a small city, full of traditions, dance, history and beautiful landscapes. You can walk through the center; kayaking on lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world; try exquisite dishes and reach remote islands for a little more adventure.
The first thing you should do when traveling to the city of Puno is to walk through its Plaza de Armas, built in 1901, next to the Baroque and 18th century Cathedral. Jirón Lima street is the most famous in the city and connects the Plaza de Armas with the Parque Pino, a small and colorful square, next to the Church of San Juan where the Virgen de la Candelaria, patron saint of Puno, is. From the Huajsapata hill you have a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Lake Titicaca joins Peru with Bolivia, is in the Andean Cordillera at 3,800 meters above sea level and is the highest navigable lake in the world. It is surrounded by a lot of vegetation and numerous islands full of history and tradition. The shores of the lake are populated by descendants of the Aymara, Quechuas and Urus ethnic groups.
From the city of Puno you can get to the Uros Floating Islands, an artificial archipelago made up of 40 islands of totora reed, a kind of reed that grows in the swamps of South America. There you can see the origin of the Uros people up close and learn about their traditions. Taquile Island is the largest on Lake Titicaca and you will be able to appreciate some pre-Inca constructions, learn from textile work and enjoy beautiful views.
The Chullpas of Sillustani
The Sillustani is an archaeological zone located 50 minutes from Puno, next to the Umayo lagoon. There you can see the chullpas, stone tombs in the shape of a cylinder that belong to the Qolla culture, Aymara people who lived in the area between the 13th and 15th centuries. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Puno, with beautiful views of the lagoon.
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Gastronomy in Puno
As in all of Peru, the gastronomy in Puno is full of flavors and recipes that have passed from generation to generation. You can try the Chicharrón de alpaca, the Pesque and the Chupe de quinoa, as well as a nutritious soup like the Chairo or the famous Sancochado from Puno. In restaurants like Mojsa or La Hacienda you can delight yourself with these and more local dishes.
Adventure sports in Puno
Lake Titicaca is the perfect setting in Puno for the more adventurous. You can go trekking along its borders, go by bicycle or on horseback; kayaking or sailing enjoying the scenery. In addition, you can try Parascending: you will go in a parachute tied to a speedboat or dive into the cold waters of the lake to dive or snorkel.
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