Departamento de Puno Travel Guide

  • Border crossing at Desaguadero
    Border crossing at Desaguadero
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    Traditional music, dance, and clothes
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    Jiron Independencia
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Isla Amantani


Isla Taquili










Laguna Iniquilla



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  • Lake Titicaca: Taquile Island, the...

    Puno Things to Do

    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...

  • Casa Andina Puno Plaza

    Puno Hotels

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

  • Lake Titicaca: Floating Islands

    Puno Things to Do

    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...


Isla Amantani

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  • Peruvian Home Cooked Meal

    Isla Amantani Restaurants

    When you stay with a family on Amantani they will cook you up some typical peruvian cuisine for dinner to keep you nourished. It consists mostly of soup, potatos, tea, bread and staple peruvian type foods. It is quite tasty though, and you really appreciate how hard it is for the locals to come by the foods that they bring to you. It is recommended...

  • Sunset from Temple of Pacha Mama

    Isla Amantani Things to Do

    Celebrate the stunning vistas of sunset in a place that is built to worship Mother Earth. In Inca mythology, Mama Pacha or Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting. The locals still perform rituals at this site which have been done for thousands of years. The point marks one separation point of festivities during...

  • Football at Four Thousand Feet.

    Isla Amantani Things to Do

    Though you are next to guaranteed to loose the game, as the locals are equipped with dealing with running around like maniacs at altitude, there is an opportunity to organise a "friendly" game of soccor on the islands cement football pitch. Test your foot skills and lung strength in the most unusual place to play soccer in the world. Afterwards you...


Isla Taquili

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  • Tucked away in a tiny corner of Taquile...

    Isla Taquili Restaurants

    Perched near an alley which weaves off from the main square this little local restaurant serves simple cuisine. Choices are few with either vegetarian option of omelette or Fish caught straight from the waters of Titicaca. You will also receive some peruvian bread and local style soup. More than enough to keep you going until you get back to the...

  • Venture away from the central plaza

    Isla Taquili Things to Do

    Take a lovely walk around the island to get a true feel for it.We first went to the ruins on the big hill, then just wandered around. We were amazed to see almost nobody on what was a really enjoyable walk among Inca terrasses with great views of the island and the Bolivian mountains on the other side of the lake.

  • Community restaurants

    Isla Taquili Restaurants

    All the restaurants here belong to the community, so they offer practically the same menu and they are usually arranged for groups. Menu includes a cereal soup and trout from the lake. Dessert: tea.



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  • Visit Tinajani Canyon

    Ayaviri Things to Do

    Tinajani is a canyon and a petrified forest about nine miles from Ayaviri. Some of the rocks which have been eroded into fantastical shapes are over 160 feet high! One can see different shapes such as human figures and animals. There you can get an unique experience!!

  • Kankacho is the typical plate of Ayaviri

    Ayaviri Restaurants

    Doña Julia is known by the preparation of the best kankacho in the city of Ayaviri. Kankacho is the typical plate of Ayaviri. It is ovine meat roasted in a mud furnace accompanied by cooked andean potatoes. Doña Julia is one of the pioneers in commercializing this food. She begun selling her delicious Kankacho at the bus station of the city of...

  • on the road with the jeep

    Ayaviri Transportation

    you really need a 4 x 4 to drive to the hacienda "Buana Vista" beacuse it is impossible with a normal car. The roads are not harded and not egal .... you also have to cross a small river ...Mauricio in the back of the jeep.



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  • Church

    Juliaca Things to Do

    On the opposite side of the square from the train station is this church...I didn't go in as I was searching for a small cafe to have a coca tea while waiting for the train station to open.

  • Libertador Hotel Arequipa

    Juliaca Hotels

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  • Plaza Bolognesi

    Juliaca Things to Do

    Plaza Bolognesi could be any square in Peru (or the world for that matter). It has all the usual, statue in the middle, benches, pigeons, etc. On one side of the square is the train station and on the other is a church. There are a few cafes and restaurants around the square also.



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    by cbeaujean Updated Jun 4, 2003

    through the juli's famous colonial churches,the oldest one.(end 16th cent.).
    now a museum,mainly open in the morning.

    juli was choosed by jesuits,as training centre for missionaries to paraguay and bolivia through 17th and 18th centuries.

    san juan's church
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    • Backpacking
    • Historical Travel

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  • Catacombs

    Lampa Things to Do

    Under the church there are old tunnels which all are not yet researched. But there is a light in the end of a tunnel!

  • The Cathedral

    Lampa Favorites

    You cannot avoid to see the church. It has been build on old Inca sanctified place, as all the other colonial time churches. But basis is from gray, strong stones, good example of Inca architecture, with catacombs and many tunnels. The church has also the holy Virgin which goes up and down on the altar.

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