Puno

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Puno is Lake Titicaca’s only major city, and most travelers will pass through here while heading towards other destinations around the lake. The city is only mildly attractive, but is surrounded by seriously spectacular scenery.

Puno has a wide range of hotels, restaurants, and traveler services. As such, it’s a good place to restock and refuel before traveling onward to other spots around Lake Titicaca.

Puno was originally used as a stopping point for people traveling between Arequipa and the Potosí mine, which is located in present-day Bolivia. However, a silver mine was discovered nearby in 1688 and the town was renamed as San Carlos de Puno. It was during this time that many of Puno’s churches and buildings were built.

One example is the Catedral Basílica San Carlos Borromeo, which is located in the Plaza de Armas. Built in the 17th century, the church sports an impressively carved façade but a relatively simple interior. Next door is the Casa del Corregidor, which also dates back to the 17th century and was built by Father Silvestre de Valdés, who ran the construction of the cathedral.

While here, take a stroll down Lima, Puno’s pedestrian street. This street sports the city’s best restaurants and is a good place to eat, shop, and explore. Try chairo, a local soup dish, or any number of the fresh fish options while eating at these restaurants. There are also a few shops that have weavings and clothing made from alpaca wool.

Puno has a few museums to visit, but one of the most interesting cultural attractions is just outside of town. The Yavari is an antique ship that was sent from England in 1862. Sent in pieces, it took six years for the entire ship to arrive in Puno.

Puno hosts an assortment of religious festivals throughout the year. Nearly 300 festivals take place around Lake Titicaca each year, and if you’re in this area during one of them, it’s probably worth checking out. The celebrations are colorful and fun, with lots of dancing and music. A particularly impressive dance is La Diablada, which is performed each year on February 2 during Puno’s Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria. The dance portrays a battle between angels and devils.

Aside from exploring the town and its festivals, there are a number of other activities that travelers can enjoy while staying in Puno. Explore Lake Titicaca on kayak or by motorboat—you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the lake and surrounding hillsides while you’re out on the glassy water. Other activities include biking, birding, and horseback riding.

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Chullpas of Sillustani Tour

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Chullpas of Sillustani Tour

Visit the pre-Incan burial grounds of Sillustani on this tour. The tombs, or chullpas, of Sillustani stand above the ground on a bluff overlooking Lake Umayo.

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Lake Titicaca Full Day Tour

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Lake Titicaca Full Day Tour

Lake Titicaca is one of the prides of Peru. During this tour you’ll explore the lake’s floating Uro Islands and encounter an indigenous Quechua-speaking group on...

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Tourist Bus - Puno to Cusco

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Tourist Bus - Puno to Cusco

On this tour you’ll travel from Puno to Cusco on a comfortable bus and make stops at several fascinating sites along the way. The whole tour lasts nine hours.

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Andean Explorer Train - Puno to Cusco

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Andean Explorer Train - Puno to Cusco

During this full-day tour you’ll ride a luxury train from Puno to Cusco, one of the most scenic routes in all of Peru. This is one of the highest passenger trains...

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Overnight on Lake Titicaca

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On this trip you’ll taking a boating tour of Lake Titicaca, and see what remains of Andean and Inca cultures. This two-day, one-night tour brings visitors to...

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Home Stay on Lake Titicaca 2-Day Trip

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Lake Titicaca is an enormous lake with islands that are home to indigenous people. On this 2-day tour you will meet some of these natives, and even spend a night at...

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Libertador Lake Titicaca

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Libertador Lake Titicaca is located on a small private island just outside Puno. The hotel offers guests comfortable rooms with unparalleled views of the lake.

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Hacienda Plaza de Armas

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Conde de Lemos Hotel

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Hacienda Puno

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Hacienda Puno

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