▬ Puno is a city in southern Peru on Lake Titicaca, one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. A regional trading hub, the city’s also considered Peru’s «folkloric capital,» owing to its traditional festivals featuring vibrant music and dancing. Landmarks include the Andean baroque-style Puno Cathedral and the Yavari, a 19th-century steamship (now a bed and breakfast).
↑ With a regal plaza, concrete-block buildings and crumbling bricks that blend into the hills, it has its share of both grit and cheer. It serves as the jumping-off point for Lake Titicaca and is a convenient stop for those traveling between Cuzco and La Paz. But it may just capture your heart with its own rackety charm.
← The city is known as Peru’s capital folklórica (folkloric capital) – its Virgen de la Candelaria parades are televised across the nation – and the associated drinking is the stuff of legend. Its urban center can feel contaminated and cold. But Puno’s people are upbeat, cheeky and ready to drop everything if there’s a good time to be had.
↓ As a commercial (and contraband) hub, its colonial and naval identity can be glimpsed in its spots of old architecture, the colorful traditional dress worn by many inhabitants and the scores of young cadets in the streets.
Puno, Peru Brief History
→ Puno is a small city located on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake situated at about 3,830m above sea level, in south-eastern Peru.
► Situated close to the Peruvian border with Bolivia.
→ It has been named the Capital folklórica del Perú (folkloric capital of Peru) from the wealth of its artistic and cultural expressions, particularly dance.
Content of Puno Guide
► How to get the city – Compare transportation options.
→ Tours and Sightseeing in Puno – A list of the most popular activities for travellers.
→ Must see in Puno – The sights you cannot miss.
► Puno safety tips – Safety issues to be aware of.
→ Where to stay in Puno – The best hotel/hostel options.
► Photo Gallery – A few of the best photos of Puno.