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Puno Things to Do

  • Lake Titicaca: Taquile Island, the...

    Taquile Island is located nearly 35 kilometre or 3 hours sailing from Puno, and is 1 kilometre wide and 6-7 kilometre long. It is inhabited by around 350 families consisting of 3,000 people, and the small community is following some old traditions. The three main rules are: Don’t steal, don’t lie, and don’t be lazy! And it seems to work, there are...

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  • Lake Titicaca: Floating Islands

    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...

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  • Lake Titicaca

    Lake Titicaca sits 3,812 meter above sea level, making it the highest lake in the world where shipping is possible, and by volume of water it is also the largest lake in South America. The lake is located on the border of Peru and Bolivia and is split between the two countries. The western part of the lake lies within the Puno Region of Peru, and...

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  • Condor Hill / Mirador de Kuntur Wasi

    We just came back from traveling around Peru. I never wrote anything like this before. But now I feel I have to warn everybody who is looking "things to do in Puno - Peru". My boyfriend and I were attacked by 3 local guys with gun and knifes on "Condor Hill". We were robed (phones, cameras, money, watch) at about 3pm!!! My boyfriend was stabbed...

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  • Condor Hill / Mirador de Kuntur Wasi

    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...

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  • Parque de Huajsapata / Inca Manco Capac

    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...

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  • Arco Deustua

    Arco Deustua is a monument honoring Peruvians, who died in the Independence War with Spain in 1824. It is located at Jiron Independencia, just north of Parque Pino. The area around Arco Deustua is a little isolated and there is not much to see, only the monument and a view of the city of Puno...

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  • Museo Carlos Dreyer

    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...

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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...

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Puno Hotels

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  • Casa Andina Puno Plaza

    This is a small hotel (35 rooms). We loved our stay here and booked our the rest of tour in Peru...

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  • Sol Plaza Puno

    We stayed at Sol Plaza Hotel for four nights in November 2009... The room (big beds, table, fridge,...

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  • El Buho

    Hotel Buho offers an affordable accommodation in the heart of Puno. It has a warm, friendly and...

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Puno Restaurants

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  • Not a good experience!

    I visited the Ukaka Restaurant in central Puno for the traditional Peruvian guinea pig, but it was not a good experience for me. The interior of the restaurant looked quite cosy with an open oven in the back of the room, but service and food was a big disappointment! Food was not served at the same time... I went there with two friends, and we...

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  • Pizza or Andean

    Giorgio is an attractive place with very good food. I had a vegetarian pizza, and I loved it. Some in our party had traditional dishes and were equally pleased.

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  • Mainstream dining in a warm atmosphere

    This is a well-situated restaurant in the heart of Puno's bustling Lima street. The food is pretty mainstream and caters more to tourists and visitors of the area, but I remember the atmosphere to be warm. They seemed to be busy on the night I dined there and the diners were all tourists. I think I had the fish for the day, which was a grilled...

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Puno Transportation

  • Andean Explorer

    The Andean Explorer is a luxury (and tourist) train operated by Peru Rail. Quite expensive, but train and service onboard are first class! Big and very comfortable seats, bar and lounge area with panoramic windows and an open platform perfect for photo shooting, great 3-course meal for lunch, ‘five-o’clock tea’ with sandwich and cakes, and various...

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  • Take a Trishaw Cab

    If you really want to do a tourist thing take a ride in a Trishaw Cab. The cab holds two people and is propelled by a cyclist. My friends and I used them to get from our hotel near the Plaza de Armas to the marina. The drivers even tried to race each other. Price is negotiated before starting.

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  • A Scenic Train Ride To Puno

    My train ride to Puno from Cusco was memorable. The stunningly scenic route through the Andean plains is well worth the full day trip (from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). The backpacker service without the meals is affordably priced at $19; however, they don't take pre-reservations for this. I ended up having my hostel in Cusco (Amaru Hostal) pre-reserve...

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Puno Shopping

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  • Mitts and Hats to match

    More shopping in Puno too ???? Actually we liked shopping at a little pedistrian shopping area. that runs fromthe Plaza de Armas to the Parque Pino.Lots of deals and as in most areas, you get a better price if you buy quanity.

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  • A high Point

    We had a nice break from our journey for a 15 minute shopping spree at La Raya.The locals were waiting for us as they do for every train with smiling faces and colourful goods.I admire them . All along our journey you could see them working hard...tending to theit livestock and living simlpy from the land . They bring their treasures to us...

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  • Good sovenir shopping

    Other VTers have written stating that the Lima Street shops are good to go to and where the deals are. I agree with them, but I also want to add that a better deal are the side street shops directly next to the dock where you board the boats to the Uros floating islands. Just the same Alpaca wool products, bamboo pipes, trinkets. Not as good a...

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Puno Local Customs

  • Bowler Hats

    The married women here wear bowler hats. (Single women wear knit ones.) The British were here in the 1800s building a railroad--the local women loved their hats and adopted the style.

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  • Candelaria Fiesta

    During Candelaria Fiesta people from the town and all around the country and from neighbouring contries gather for 2 weeks in February to Puno. Altogether the fiesta may take for the participatants whole the year sewing their dresses, but acutally it takes one month main time from everybody. That is true because they have to travel far, to have...

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  • Unfinished City

    When we were in Puno, I jokingly dubbed it the 'Unfinished City'. It seems everywhere you turn in Puno there are unfinished buildings. They build the first floor or two and inhabit them, then as funds permit, keep expanding upwards.It's not really that it's such an uncommon site, I've seen this practice elsewhere, but never to the magnitude that I...

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Puno Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch your money

    We had a bad experience at our stop at La Raya. There was a lady from a tour who was very careless with her wallet. I saw her with her purse open as she was distracted with her buying . Everyone was aboard and she was last...I thought we'd go without her ! Anyway she lost her wallet. I think it feel out ...as I said I saw her purse open ...Anyway ....

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  • La PUNA!!! Altitude

    OMG! Tatio didnt bother me at all, but Lake Titikaka is the worlds highest navigable river. 12,500 feet! I went from sea-level to 12,500 in less than 24 hrs. I got into the bus station at Puno and I was overcome with altitude sickness. I could hardly think. I couldn't feel my fingers. Fortunately there's a policlinico in the bus station. I went to...

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  • Fake police!

    I was on my way from Cuzco to Puno on a bus overnight and had my backpack stolen by crooked cops. they entered the bus while everyone was sleeping and stole 4 items from the bus. one of those items was my backpack full of my items such as my wallet, mp3 player, and camera batteries. even the tourist police would not help me when i attempted to make...

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Puno Tourist Traps

  • Tourismo Buses- never what they seem

    Tourismo Buses (tourism buses) are the double decker buses that go around Peru. Heavily concentrated in Cuzco and Puno since its a high traffic area for tourists.1. Puno and Cuzco have two different bus depots. One is the locals bus depot and the other is the Tourismo depot.2. Tourist bus stations have all the tourist bus companies salesforce. They...

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  • floating island

    All though I hate to say it, the floating islands were a big tourist trap--just an opportunity for the residents to sell us handicraft items. We could see the people fixing up their tables as one boat left, and another boat chugged up to the island. Talk to the locals about what t's like to live there.. If you don't want to buy anoything, and you...

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  • The best and cheapest hotel... Or not?

    Upon arrival in Puno, you are likely to be surrounded by locals the minute you get off the train/bus. These people claim to be representatives of 'the best hotel' or 'the cheapest hotel' in town and offer you 'very good prices, especially for you'. Think again. These hotels may be cheap, but that is the only advantage. They are often very basic;...

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Puno What to Pack

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    Photo Equipment: A zoom lens (at least a 300mm) comes in handy for taking photos of the locals.

    Miscellaneous: Dinner companions are always nice....

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Puno Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit to a local farm

    We visited the Chullpas de Sillustani on a guided tour, and on the way back to Puno, we stopped at a local farm for a short visit. We were welcomed by the farmer's wife and daughter, and they showed us around their small farm. We saw the llamas, cows, guinea pigs, and learnt about the different kinds of crops they are growing. The wife served a...

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  • Inca Uyu Park (in Chucuito)

    Inca Uyu Park is a walled enclosure filled with old Indian phallus sculptures. It might have been a part of a Temple of Fertility, but the origin of the park and the sculptures is actually not known for sure. Another theory is that it was part of a larger complex and was used for ceremonial rituals of political and religious nature. Inca Uyu Park...

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  • Acora Market

    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...

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  • Cheaper Prices in Puno

    I noticed that prices of goods are cheaper in Puno than in any of the Peruvian cities I've been in. The alpaca scarves/sweaters, indigenous crafts, etc. were not only cheap but abundant. Some of the local merchants can be "sweet-talked" into giving you the items for a cheaper price than what they normally ask. Shopping can be a great experience in...

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  • Banks in Puno

    If you're ever in need of cash, there are major banks available around Puno's busy Lima Street. These banks are right in the vicinity of the Tourist Information Office and are near many shops and eateries. Major banks such as Banco Continental and Banco de Credito can be found. I used Banco Continental's ATM and the transaction was as seamless as...

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  • 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...

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