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PUNO, The city of legend

The City of Puno, capital of the department of the same name, is located in south-eastern Peru, in an enclave on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and a source of life for the towns existing in the area.
Located on the Plateau of Collao, Puno offers visitors magnificent pre-Hispanic funerary monuments made of stone in the shape of circular towers, chullpas (tombs), Colonial churches and rusty ichu-covered natural landscape projecting a spectacular view of the way of life in the high Andean tableland or Peruvian altiplano.
These areas are home to different cultures, such as the Aymara, Quechua, Uro, Pacaje and Puquina peoples who, following the Spanish conquest merged with the elements of the Western Culture, producing a rich blend which is currently stated in the varied cultural, artistic and folkloric expressions.

PUNO Atracctions surrounding areas
Lake Titicaca - Puno
The highest navigable lake in the world, it is situated east of Puno, at 3,810m.a.s.l. It is 194 km long at its longest section and 65 km wide, on average. It is the habitat of birds, such as the parihanas (Phoenicopterus chilensis); of fish, like the carachi (of the orestias spp species), suche (trichomycterus punctulatus or trichomycterus rivulatus) trout and Peruvian silverside; and of totora (cattail or reed) a water weed which can be as high 3 m. tall.
Totora is used by the Uros as material in the construction of houses and rafts, and as baby food -the lower portion of the stem is called ch'ullu- as it is a very good source of iodine. It must be mentioned that a section of the lake (36,108 ha) was declared the Titicaca National Reserve in October 1978, in order to preserve its natural species and its scenic beauty. From the lake port of the City of Puno, there are excursions trips to the islands of the Uros, Taquile and Amantaní.
The Islands of Uros - Puno
The Uros are a people who live on approximately 40 floating islands, made mainly of totora (cattail or reed). These islands occupy a large part of the Titicaca National Reserve, from the Bay of Puno to the Peninsula of Capachica. The Uros group themselves under the highest moral and religious authority: the grandfather. They mainly live off hunting and fishing, but they are also known for their high skills knit totora, which they use in making their rafts and their houses, as well as handicrafts.
Amantani - Puno
This is another of the Lake Titicaca islands, situated some 40 km (4 hrs and 30 min) northeast of Puno and about 30 min north of the Island of Taquile, by lake. There are interesting archaeological sites here, such as the cove at the Chatajón Cemetery, and ceremonial sites, like Pasallasca Oc'co, where the Mama Qocha, the lake, is veneered each year. The inhabitants are mainly engaged in agriculture and fishing. They produce textiles with a variety of designs and they make baskets and containers, using the straw they obtain from the ichu. They also carve granite rock they extract from Llacastiti Hill.
Taquile - Puno
This is a peaceful island on Lake Titicaca, situated some 35 km (4 hr) east of the City of Puno, by boat. There are no roads or electricity in Taquile, but here are plenty of hills and archaeological ruins. From Chilcano one may arrive at the Main Square, the island's main pier; after climbing 540 steps. The most popular attractions in Taquile are its landscape, dominated by tiered platforms where potatoes, corn, quinoa and broad beans are cultivated; ceremonial sites hosting rituals imploring for abundant harvests and fishing, and the hospitality of its people, who are so outstandingly organized. The textile industry is the main activity on this island and the garments they manufacture relate to their daily chores.
Sillustani - Puno
In the archaeological site of Sillustani, 34 km (approximately 30 min) north of the City of Puno, on the shore of beautiful Umayo Lake, one runs into enigmatic chullpas, which were built by the Collas, some of which are more than 12 m high. Used to bury the most important personalities of this nation, the chullpas known as Lagarto and Intiwatana are the most prominent.
Chucuito - Puno
This is a town which is 18 km (about 30 min) southeast of Puno. Its Main Square is flanked by two beautiful churches: La Asunción and Santo Domingo, both with a Renaissance style, built in the 16th century. This is where Inka Uyo is located, a space reportedly used to invoke and induce fertility, also known as the Temple of the Phallus.

• Carry a liter of water for the first part,
• Long sleeve.
• Warm clothes during May to September.


» Transportation.
» Service guide .
» Personal Attention.
» Partial Tour Ticket
» Enttrance fees

» Towalla, swimwear, sandals.
» Shoes, shoes for walking.
» Flashlight and extra batteries.
» Implement of personal hygiene
» Hat, sunglasses,
» sunscreen.
» Insect repellent.
» Waterproof, light jacket, cotton pants.
» Backpack luggage and small backpack.
» Plastic Bag.
» Water bottle for the first day.

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