Puno

Puno city is the capital of the department of Puno. It was founded with the name of “Villa Rica de San Carlos de Puno” in 1668, by the Viceroy Count of Lemos, to finish the problems of possession of the silver mines of Laicacota, owned by the brothers Gaspar and José Salcedo.

Weather & How to get there

The weather is cold and semi-dry. The rainy season begins in October and ends in April.

By Bus:

From the city of Lima, the overland journey takes 18 hours with a stopover in the city of Arequipa: 1324 km / 823 miles. From Cusco to Puno about 10 hours, 384 km / 239 miles, also you can go by train (Cusco-Puno)

By air:

Juliaca is one hour from Puno. The Inca Manco Capac Airport receives flights from the cities of Lima, Cusco and Arequipa. Flights from Lima to Juliaca last 1 hour and 45 minutes, with a stopover in Arequipa, and from Arequipa, 25 minutes. Lan Peru has three daily flights from Lima to Puno with a stopover in Cusco.

Distances to Puno

PUNO TO: CITIES DISTANCE
Lima 817 miles (1315 Km)
Arequipa 201.9 miles (325 Km)
Cusco 241.7 miles (389 Km)
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Good To Know


  • Country: Peru
  • Visa Requirements: Visa in not needed for North American, EU and Mercosur citizens. All other nationalities are required a visa.
  • Languages spoken: Spanish
  • Currency used: Peruvian Sol (PEN)
  • Area (km2): 66,997 km2

Attractions in the City

  • Cathedral of Puno
  • San Juan Church
  • Balcony of Conde de Lemos
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Uros and Taquile islands
  • Amantani Island
  • Sillustani Island
  • Lake Titicaca Ruins

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