Tourist Information Office
It may be best to stop at the local tourist information office located in bustling Lima Street (Pasaje Lima 549) at Puno's city center. They offer tourist-related services and practical information. Also, they give out a map.
One of the other tourists led me to this office and told me that they set up her tour to Arequipa from Puno for such a great deal! I didn't have a chance to seek tour assistance from this office, but next time I'm in the area, I'll definitely do so. Check them out when you're in town! Meeting wonderful visitors from all over the world!
Acora has a big Sunday market, and the local people may travel 3-4 hours to reach it. The Uros people are here selling fish, and there are trucks from the Amazon loaded with fruit.
This isn't a souvenir market--it is for people in the region to buy or barter for the things they use. It is large and colorful, and gives a picture of daily life.
Acora is about 20 mi. (35 km) from Puno, on the other side of Chucuito.
Bus from Copacabana or Cuzco
The cheapest way to arrive to Puno is by bus. I arrived here from Copacabana (3h, 20 bolivians), Bolivia. The bus arrives to "Terminal Terrestre" and you can take from there a taxi to the centre (3 s, 1 USD), as is a bit far away...
This is the second main square after the Plaza de Armas. There is not really any highlight in the square but is often busy, lively and full of people wandering around.
Is located between the Central Market and the Plaza de Armas.
Plaza de Armas
We started our sightseeing in the city of Puno at the main square, ‘Plaza de Armas’. It is a nice square, but not as impressive as the main squares in Lima or Cusco.
Beautiful trees, bushes, and flowers – and in the centre stands a monument of an unknown war hero. ‘Plaza de Armas’ is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, the town library, an art gallery – and the 18th century stone cathedral.
The pedestrian main street, ‘Jiron Lima’, begins at the square and continues forward until the ‘Arco Duestua’ monument. A street filled with tour operators, street vendors, shops, restaurants, bars, and a few hotels and guest houses.