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Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Location

Puno is located in the south eastern region of the county on the Collao plateau, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Área

71 999 km2

Altitude

12,550 feet (3,825 meters).

Temperature

Max 66 F (19º C) and 23 F minimum (-5º C). Rainy season runs from December through March.


By land

The most recommended way is the Lima-Arequipa-Juliaca-Puno route (1,302 km) which takes about 24 hour drive.

By air

There are daily flights to Juliaca from Lima (about 1 h 45 minutes) and from Arequipa and Cusco (about 45 minutes).

By railroad

There is a train service linking Puno from Cusco. The train leaves on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and journey takes 10 hours.

Lake Titicaca

Situated 10 blocks from Puno’s Main Square and about 7 minutes walk, Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world (3 810 masl), with an area of approximately 8 560 km2, a length of 194 km and an average width of 65 km In places where its depths exceed 25 m, its colors range from deep blue to, in its shallow reaches, the pale green of aquatic plants.

Uros

these reed Islands are located 4 km from Puno and about 20 minutes motorboat ride. The original inhabitants of these floating islands are said to descend from one of the most ancient peoples of the Americas.

Taquile

these islands are located 35 km from the city of Puno and about 3 hour motorboat ride. This island is treasured for its great ethnic and cultural value. Tourists wishing to stay the night are lodged in the homes of local families.

Amantani

this island is located 37 km from the port of Puno and about 4 h 30 minutes motorboat ride, this island is also important for its ethnic and cultural value.

Sillustani Tombs

these pre-incan tombs are located 28 km north of Puno on the shores of Umayo Lagoon. They can be visited on the way to Juliac airport.

Typical dishes:

• Cancacho (roasted suckling or lamb marinated in chili and oil).
• Pesque de quinua (very nutritious quinua cheese).
• Chairo (soup prepared with beef and lamb meat, potatoes, lima beans, pumpkin, cabbage, potato flour, wheat and chalona or cured lamb meat).