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The Capital of Peruvian Folklore


12,555 ft

Dry Season

57°F and 60°F

Rainy Season

60°F and 62°F

The city of Puno, located at 12,500 ft is famous for Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, where there are a large number of habitable floating islands.

What to do in Puno?

Plaza de Armas (Main Square)
Walk along Calle Lima and the surrounding streets, visit the Cathedral, the Conde de Lemos balcony and much more. Puno’s main square awaits you.
Jirón de Lima
This street connects to the Plaza de Armas and is the busiest street in the city, with restaurants and attractive shops selling handicrafts.
Lake Titicaca
The lake is one of Peru’s natural heritages. The highest navigable lake in the world (3812 masl), it is one of the favorite tourist attractions.
Uros, Taquile, Amantani and Llachón Islands
Each of these islands on Lake Titicaca has a story to tell. You can reach them by launches or totora reed rafts.
The Temple of Fertility
Inca Uyo is an archaeological site 18 km from the city of Puno and its unique detail is that it is a temple surrounded by 80 stone phalluses.
Chullpas of Sillustani
This mysterious cemetery in Puno includes some 90 chullpas or burial towers, which contain the mummified remains of the most important Kolla authorities.
Carlos Dreyer Museum
The museum has 1800 valuable artifacts and is considered as Puno’s historic reserve. You can also make a virtual visit to this center.
Museo de Costumbres
This Customs/Traditions museum exhibits costumes, masks and accessories of the different folk dances of Puno.
The Yavari Ship
Can you imagine that a ship was built in England and then transported in pieces on the backs of mules from the coast at Arica up the mountains to Puno? The Yavari has a story to tell.
Mirador Kuntur Wasi
The lookout pint at Casa del Cóndor, Condor House (Kuntur Wasi in Quechua) is located 1,24 milles from downtown Puno and offers an unbeatable view over Puno and Lake Titicaca.
Mirador Puma Uta
This lookout point in the shape of a puma is 20 minutes from Puno and is located on one of the highest points of the town.
Horseback Rides
At Fundo Chincheros you can hire horses to ride along the trails with a beautiful view of Lake Titicaca.
Where to eat
Mojsa, Chancho de Doña Julia, Casa del Corregidor, Casa Panqarani, Pizzeria Giorgio, Restaurant Tulipans, La Casona, La Choza de Oscar.
Bars and discos
Café Bar at Casa del Corregidor, Positive Rock Reggae Bar, Kamizaraky Rock Pub, Pacha Mixology, La Careta, Platinum Puno, Domino Club, Memorise.
Handicrafts Fair
On Sundays, a handicraft and weaving fair is held at Parque Pino, but you’ll also find vendors offering their products every day.

How to get to Puno?

There are three ways to reach Puno:

  • By plane: Arriving at the city of Juliaca. Flights from Lima take 1:35 hours approximately, and flights from Arequipa take approximately 40 minutes.
  • By road: The route from Lima to Arequipa, Juliaca and Puno is 817 miles and takes approximately 20 hours; the route from Cusco to Puno is 241 miles  and a 7-hour journey, approximately; the route from Arequipa to Puno is 177 miles, which takes about 5 hours; the route from Tacna to Puno 233 miles and approximately 6 hours or from Juliaca to Puno 26 miles  and takes 40 minutes.
  • By train: On board the Andean Explorer, a Belmond Train or on the PeruRail Titicaca, which travels across 238 miles  of Andean landscapes in 10 ½ hours.

Train Stations in Puno

Full of mysticism, this is the train station from which you travel on board the exclusive PeruRail Titicaca train. Address: Av. La Torre 224, Puno, Puno

 The magical Puno Muelle Station is where you will board or disembark from the Andean Explorer, Belmond Train. Address: Jr. El Puerto s/n, Estación Puno Muelle (Km. 351.70 via Arequipa – Puno railway), Puno.

History and Culture of Puno


Which is the best season to visit Puno?

In the rainy season (September to April), temperatures vary between 60°F and 65°F. In the dry season (May to August) temperatures vary between 40°F and 59°F.  In July temperatures can drop to -4°C / 25°F. However, many tourists prefer visiting in February for the festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria and the cultural display is in all its splendor.

Can I get altitude sickness in Puno?

You may quite probably get altitude sickness, but you can offset it with soroche tablets, an infusion of coca leaves and the appropriate food. However, it is recommended that on your first day in Puno to acclimatize by taking it slowly, take a city tour, or walk in the areas close to the city. 

If I’m a foreigner, what type of power adaptor do I need for my visit to Peru?

Voltage in Peru is 220v. You will need an adaptor if the voltage in your country is 110v. The most common outlets are Type A, Type B and Type C.

What is the currency used in Puno and the exchange rate?
The currency in Puno is the Sol and the exchange rate, based on the dollar, varies daily. For information on the current exchange rate, click here
Are all payment options accepted in the area?

For meals and shopping, it will depend on the establishment. The smallest local and family shops tend to only accept cash. However, you can buy your train ticket using all the payment methods, including credit cards, debit cards, cash, and bank transfers.

What are the typical dishes?

Pesq’e de quinua, chairo, chupe de quinua, Huarjata, fried trout, deep-fried alpaca, Puno cancacho, Puno stew, pachamanca, cauche cheese. Read more.

What should I wear on my trip to Puno?

Because of the altitude of 12,555 ft, Puno’s weather is varied but it is generally colder than other areas. A cap, gloves, wool socks, and warm clothing are recommended.

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