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    Plaza de Armas and Jiron Lima

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Plaza de Armas is a good place to start sightseeing in Puno. It is the city's main square, and is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, the town library, an art gallery, and the 18th century stone cathedral. In the centre of the square are trees, bushes, and flowers – and a monument of an unknown war hero.

    The pedestrian main street, Jiron Lima, begins at Plaza de Armas and continues forward until the Arco Duestua monument. It is a street filled with tour operators, street vendors, shops, restaurants, bars, and a few hotels and guest houses...

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    Condor Hill / Mirador de Kuntur Wasi

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    The Condor Hill (or Mirador de Kuntur Wasi) is a great viewpoint with stunning views of Puno and Lake Titicaca. It is located at the top of a very steep staircase with more than 600 steps! A hard climb in thin air, but the staircase has a few plateaus with benches on the way to the top. This is a good opportunity for a pause and to catch the breath before continuing the steep climb. At the top, you are rewarded for the climb... 4,017 meters above sea level, and an amazing view... There is also a large condor monument, which has a wingspan of 11 meters, and a small shop selling sodas, water, and chips. I’m glad I don’t have to bring supplies up the stairs…

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    Explore the real LIFE - overnight in Isla Taquile

    by schlumpf Written Oct 29, 2004

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    When we organize the excursion to Isla Taquile, we never thought it was so beautifull...no one TOURIST on the way, just peruvian people doing their stuff...and nobody way taking care of us...so i checked out the possibility to sleep on this amazing island, but i should sort out this thing very quickly, as the ferry leave around 2pm and you do not have so much time...
    Well, i had to speak with some people of the village (the village has somehting like 250 people or somehtign) andd they WROTE me a permits which allow me to sleep in Isla Taquile...
    We went at home of this guy, and he showes us our "room"...
    Well, forget the electricity, forget the bathroom and moreover forget a shower...but ...you live exactly in the middle,.
    We spedn one day as a part of the family, eating with them, sleeping in the next door and doing the same things they were doing...
    It has been one of the most impressive things I have done in Peru!
    And moreover, just for 2 dolllars each!

    For more info, visit my Isla Tauqile page

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    Plaza de Armas

    by SirRichard Written Jun 7, 2005

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    This is the main square, where tha Cathedral, Justice Palace, Police... are located.
    Is big and sometimes crowded and there are some nice colonial buildings around, like this Palacio de Justicia, that might have been as well in any Caribbean island...

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    Museo Carlos Dreyer

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Carlos Dreyer Spohr was a German painter and collector, who lived in Puno for more than 30 years and was very interested in the various Indian cultures in the area. He created his own collection of ancient Indian and colonial artefacts, and it is now exhibited in what may have been Dreyer's own home(?) at Plaza de Armas in the centre of Puno...

    Museo Carlos Dreyer is a small, but interesting museum. It has exhibitions of pre-Hispanic art, stone sculptures, religious art, colonial items, and the exhibition about the Chullpas de Sillustani (my favourite) with mummies and many gold objects from the ancient tombs on display. Also the huge paintings of famous Indian events are impressive, some of the colourful oil paintings are actually painted by Carlos Dreyer himself...

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    Chullpas de Sillustani

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Chullpas de Sillustan is located about 35 kilometre north of Puno, a 45 minutes ride by car. It is an old burial ground for important spiritual and political people from the K'olla culture, and later also used by the Incas. Around the area are numerous burial towers ('chullpas'), some up to 12 meters high. The towers are hollow inside and in the cavity, mummified corpses were placed in fetal position to prepare for a rebirth. Unfortunately many of the circular stone towers are in a bad condition, some of them due to grave robbers, who once ravaged the area...

    The funeral towers are built on a hilltop with breathtaking views over Lake Umayo, a very impressive scenery. However, the wind from the lake was quite cold, so bring warm clothes when you are visiting 'Chullpas de Sillustani'.

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    a day to Lake Titicaca

    by schlumpf Written Oct 28, 2004

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    A must see activity in Puno is definitely rent a boat and chill on the lake... we hire a guy and for the whole day we went on the lake...This lake is sooo beautifull, but you gotta remember that you are 4.000 mt high, so the sun really burns you!
    You can do a lot of excursions on the lake, like to Isla de los Uros, but i personally reckon it more like toursit trap then a must c activity. Despite is wellknown that the people are waiting for tourist to sell'em something, i shoudl anyway tell you that is pretty impressing how those people leaves...now is up to you..
    To organize an excurion on the lake you can choose beetween:
    - go to the harbour and organize it by your own (cheeper)
    - go to an agency in Puno and make them sell you something...

    I would definitely suggest you the first choice!!

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    San Juan Bautista Church

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    San Juan Bautista Church

    The San Juan Bautista Church is located at Parque Pino in the centre of Puno. It began as a simple chapel about 200 years ago, but was rebuilt as a formal church in 1876, and is now the sanctuary of the ‘Virgin of the Candleholder’, Puno’s spiritual guardian and patron...

    I have read that there are many pictures and statues of the ‘Virgin of the Candleholder’ inside the church, but I never saw with my own eyes... The first time I wanted to visit, the entrance was blocked by some colourful dancers and a TV-crew shooting their performance... The second time a mass was going on, and I only had a quick look of the interior from the entrance...

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    Indian market

    by Zirpsis Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    When in Puno, be sure to see the local indian market. It's partly all over the railway track. I thought it was dangerous, but the train only went every second day and when it was due, the merchants moved their gear just a bit for the train to get through. You can buy chickens, alpacas, fruit and veggies, knitwear and artefacts they have made and the same trinkets that are sold everywhere in this area. Also hair cuts were available. You can get vivid and colourful pictures, and it's only natural that the locals are wanting some sols for each picture. But I also saw them treating some photographers in a rather unwelcoming manner sometimes and that kind of spoiled the atmosphere.

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    Lake Titicaca: Floating Islands

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Floating Islands, and the Uro Indians
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    The Uro people have been living on floating islands for centuries, and there are still around 40-50 islands located in Lake Titicaca. The main sources of income for the Uros have always been fishing and hunting, but now it seems that tourism has taken over... and a visit to one of the islands is quite touristy, but still very interesting...

    We were greeted by the Indians, and they gave us a guided tour of their floating island, showed us the family houses, told us about their lifestyle, and demonstrated how the islands are made of ‘totora’, which is a papyrus-like plant. We also went on an interesting sailing trip around the islands in a raft made of ‘totora’. The Uro Indians are great raft builders and it is said that they inspired (and helped) Thor Heyredahl to built his ‘Kon-Tiki’ raft... You can buy souvenirs and crafts from the Uros, but it was not like we were feeling obliged to buy something. Some kids were begging for money or candy, bring pencils, pens, crayons, and paper instead…

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    Puno Cathedral

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    The Catedral Basílica San Carlos Borromeo (or Puno Cathedral) is a baroque cathedral located at Plaza de Armas in the centre of Puno. It was built in 1757 and has a beautiful facade with many details. Unfortunately, a big fire in 1930 destroyed much of the historical artwork in the cathedral and it is definitely more impressive on the outside than the inside... The big altar is the highlight IMO, but nothing compared to the cathedrals in Lima or Cusco...

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    a trip to Isla Taquile

    by schlumpf Written Oct 29, 2004

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    A very interesting excurion ex Puno is a day off to Isla Taquile. The island is very quiet and you have amazinf views of the lake.
    There are also fiew sites to visit, like cerro del sol, y cerro de la luna, but take care, cause it seems a very hsort way, but is not really like this...
    To reach the top of the island, you have two possibiliteis:
    - trek the normal route, which is somehting like 20mins
    - take all of the 300and something stairs....which could be more...

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    Parque de Huajsapata / Inca Manco Capac

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Parque de Huajsapata is a natural lookout spot with nice views of Puno and Lake Titicaca - but not as great as from the Condor Hill... In the centre of the park is a statue of the first Inca, Manco Capac. It stands on a white concrete pedestal and is about 10 meters high in total. A legend says that inside the monument is a portal connected to the ‘Qorikancha' temple in Cusco...

    Parque de Huajsapata is located a few blocks west of Plaza de Armas, and the statue of Inca Manco Capac is visible from the main square. However, don't visit the park alone - several robberies have been reported...

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    Floating Islands of the Uros!!

    by Regibus Written Sep 21, 2005

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    An overview of  Uro Island
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    For US$4 you can take a boat to several of the islands of the Uros. Puno is on the shores of Lake Titikaka. On the lake there are artificial (woven of reeds) islands. Uros are a group of indigenous people who were pushed out by the Incans. They still live on the islands. You can buy miniature woven reed boats and woven cloths rather cheaply. The people on the island make the things themselves, no middleman. A couple hours is sufficient for exploration. However there is an option to do a homestay in one of the reed huts. I would do this if I went back, it looks really cool.

    The Bolivia side of the Lake is prettier than the Peruvian side, but I dont know if you can visit the islands from there.

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    Parque Pino

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Parque Pino

    Parque Pino is a small square in the centre of Puno. It is named after Dr. Manuel Pino, an old war hero, and a statue of the doctor is erected in the middle of the square.

    Around the square are the church of San Juan Bautista and the National College of San Carlos.

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