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Book Puno Peru vacation packages and tours, one of the cities that should be on your travel list without a doubt. The folkloric capital of Peru has many charms, many of them not yet well known. Lake Titicaca, from where the founders of the Inca Empire emerged according to Andean mythology, will simply fascinate you. The city of Puno itself with its colonial churches such as the cathedral built in the 18th century and the church of the Virgen de la Candelaria, patron saint of the city, will catch your attention.

In the Puno tours you will visit the most famous tourist destinations such as the floating islands of the Uros “made of totora”, with the Taquile Islands, Amantani with unparalleled views of Lake Titicaca, and where you will taste delicious food prepared with ingredients that are grown on this island. You can visit other incredible destinations such as the complex of Sillustani and the Inca Uyo, or temple of fertility in Chucuito. The feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which brings together every year in February thousands of dancers who express their fervor with music and dance singing and dancing, will show you much of the culture of this destination.

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More information about Puno

Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. A magical city of many contrasts, customs, numerous traditions, and multicolored festivities. It is also one of the highest cities in Peru and the fifth in the world. Founded on November 4, 1668, by the Viceroy Pedro Antonio Fernández de Castro, it is home to indigenous communities that inhabit its surroundings and the lake, preserving their customs and traditions in this important tourist destination in Peru.

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locals welcoming to amantani island

Location:
Located in the south of the country, it borders Madre de Dios to the north, Bolivia and Lake Titicaca to the east, Tacna to the south, Moquegua to the southwest, and Arequipa and Cusco to the west. It is the fourth largest region after Loreto and Ucayali.

Altitude:
Puno is located at an average altitude of 3,827 meters above sea level, up to 6,000 meters above sea level in some areas of the department. The presence of altitude sickness is more noticeable in this region.

Weather:
The weather of the city of Puno is cold and moderately rainy. The average annual temperature ranges from 2.7°C to 14.4°C. Before visiting Puno, it is essential to know which season to go. Generally, the weather is cold and semi-dry throughout the year.

Best time to travel:
During the dry season, which goes from May to October. During these months, Puno experiences a more stable and drier weather, with sunny days and pleasant temperatures during the day. This is the high tourist season in the region, as it offers ideal conditions to explore the tourist attractions.

Puno has different ways of transportation. By air from Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa, by land from Lima and all the cities in the south of Peru, and by train from Cusco.

By air:
The Inca Manco Cápac International Airport (airport code JUL) in the city of Juliaca, located 44 km north of Puno, is in charge of air transport, receiving daily flights from Lima and Cusco. It is a small airport with comfortable facilities, restaurants, and cafes.

By land:
The trip from Lima takes 17 hours with a stopover in Arequipa. Puno is about 1,300 km southeast of Lima. By land, it is connected to Arequipa, Moquegua, and Cusco.

By land:
The railway route between the cities of Cusco and Puno has been considered the second most beautiful route in the world for the beauty of its landscapes. Half of the journey is dominated by the Andes mountain range, continuing through incredible valleys of the Huatanay River. The journey stops to enjoy the scenery at La Raya, the highest point of the route.

Puno is considered the Folkloric Capital of Peru and America. It also has different attractions to admire. The following are its main attractions:

The city of Puno: A city worth visiting, highlighting the Cathedral built with millenary stones, ceremonial centers of ancient cultures, and the Incas. It houses several paintings by renowned painters from the Cusco and Italian schools.

Lake Titicaca: Undoubtedly the main natural attraction, Lake Titicaca occupies a large part of Puno and Bolivia. It is the highest lake in the world, at 3,812 meters above sea level, and it is home to several floating islands inhabited by communities that have preserved their customs to this day.

The Island of the Uros: Strolling on a floating island made of totora, a native plant, is quite an experience, as the entire island, including the houses of its inhabitants, is made of totora. You can visit these islands on your own, renting a speedboat at the port or hiring a tour with an agency that offers a 3-day or more visit to learn about their traditions.

Chucuito: Located 18 km from the city of Puno, Desaguadero it is a small town worth visiting. It highlights the Church of the Assumption, classified as one of the most beautiful colonial constructions. Another place to visit is Inca Uyo, an Inca enclosure where we find lithic pieces in the shape of mushrooms or phalluses, which, according to the guides, are related to a place of virility and fertility worship.

The Chullpas of Sillustani: Located approximately 33 km from Puno, on the Puno/Cusco route, it is a good destination to visit. It has a large number of Chullpas, constructions where the Qollas, natives of the region, buried their dead. The corpses were covered with silver or ointments to help with their preservation.

feast day of the virgin of candelaria

Next, we will mention some important festivities in the city of Puno:

January 3: Feast of “dulce nombre de Jesus”

February 2-11 : Feast of virgin de Candelaria

February: Carnival

March: Throughout the region – Holy Week

May 2-4: Feast of the Alasitas

June 24: Feast of San Juan.

Feast of San Juan Bautista (June 24): This religious festival is dedicated to San Juan Bautista, the patron saint of Ica. During San Juan’s day, processions and religious activities are carried out in honor of the saint.

August 6 : Feast of virgin de la Asuncion

September 8: Feast of nuestra señora de natividad

November 1: Feast of todos los santos

November 4: Anniversary of the foundation of Puno

delicious carachi broth

The cuisine of Puno works with ingredients common to other Andean provinces, such as chuño, potatoes, cheese, sheep, or pork.

Fish with quinoa: Fish with quinoa is a typical dish in Puno, whose main ingredient is quinoa, a product that has conquered all social classes.

Chairo: It is one of the most important gastronomic dishes in the Puno region. It is a hearty soup made with chuño, mote, potatoes, and lamb. It helps replenish energy.

Queso Cauche: A typical dish of the Puno region. Delicious dish made with fresh cheese, milk, beans, and huacatay stems (similar a small plant), it has been conquering the palates of all social classes.

Huatia: Buffet practiced since ancient times with the permission of Pachamama or Mother Earth. Made with potatoes cooked on mounds of earth or Champa stone previously heated with firewood. Accompanied by ch’aku cheese (Andean ocopa sauce), stew, or roasted meat.

Thimpo de Carachi: Typical dish of this area, delicious and energizing, prepared with Carachi, a typical fish from Lake Titicaca that measures 10 to 15cm. It has a high phosphorus content and is accessible to all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it advisable to do tours in Puno during the rainy season?

You can visit Puno throughout the year, but there are times of the year that are more recommended for tours in this area.

The rainy season in Puno occurs from November to April, which can make outdoor activities more challenging and dangerous, especially on the islands of the lake. However, it is important to consider that during the rainy season, the landscape around the lake is much greener and exuberant.

It is also important to note that the festive season in Puno occurs in February when the famous Carnival of Puno and the Feast of the Virgin of Candelaria are celebrated. This is a very popular time to visit the city, but it is also the most crowded, and prices may be higher. If you plan to visit Puno during the Carnival, make sure to book in advance.

How many time is recommended to spend in Puno to enjoy the tours?

The amount of time you need to visit Puno depends on your plans and preferences. If you want to explore the city and its surroundings at a leisurely pace, you may consider staying for three to five days. If you have limited time, you can opt for a one or two-day tour to experience the best of the city and its surroundings.

How can I avoid altitude sickness in Puno?

To avoid altitude sickness in Puno, it is advisable to take some precautions. Drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, avoiding heavy meals, and consuming carbohydrate-rich foods can help your body gradually adapt to the altitude. Additionally, you can consult with your doctor about the possibility of taking preventive medications such as soroche pills.

What do Puno vacation packages generally include?

Puno Vacation packages usually include a variety of services. They typically include transportation to and from the airport, accommodation in selected hotels, tours to the main tourist destinations in Puno (such as the Floating Islands of the Uros, Amantani, and the Island of Taquile), professional tour guides, entrance fees to places of interest, and, in some cases, meals.

Is it possible to combine a tour to Puno with other destinations in Peru, such as Cusco or Arequipa?

Yes, it is possible to combine a tour to Puno with other destinations in Peru. You can plan your itinerary to visit Cusco and the famous Machu Picchu, and then head to Puno to explore the magical Lake Titicaca. You can also combine your visit to Puno with a trip to Arequipa, known for its impressive Colca Canyon. There are transportation options available, such as buses and flights, that will allow you to travel between these destinations.

Are there specialized birdwatching tours in Puno?

Yes, in Puno, there are specialized birdwatching tours. The region is home to a great diversity of birds, especially in the environment of Lake Titicaca and its islands. You can join guided tours led by local birdwatching experts, who will take you to the best places to observe species such as Andean flamingos, Andean gulls, and high-altitude ducks, among others.

What should I bring for a Puno tour?

The city of Puno is located at an altitude of over 3800 meters above sea level, which means temperatures can be quite low. Therefore, it is important to bring suitable clothing to stay warm and comfortable during your visit.

  • Warm clothing: A good option is to dress in warm clothes.
  • Appropriate footwear: Opt for comfortable and resistant walking shoes, preferably with a non-slip sole.
  • Hat and gloves: Don’t forget to bring a hat or cap and gloves to keep your head and hands warm.
  • Sunscreen: Despite Puno being a cold city, the sun can be strong, so it is important to protect your skin.
  • Water bottle
  • Camera and batteries: If you plan to take photos, make sure to bring a camera and extra batteries.

Can I do a tour on my own in Puno?

Yes, it is possible to do a tour on your own in Puno. However, keep in mind that some activities may require specialized guides or travel agents, and in some places, it is necessary to pay an entrance fee. Make sure to research in advance the places you want to visit and the requirements to enter. It is also advisable to have a map and plan your route in advance to avoid any setbacks.

How long do Puno tours last?

The duration of tours in Puno varies depending on the type of tour. A tour of Lake Titicaca can last between 7 and 9 hours, while a tour of the Uros Floating Islands can last between 3 and 4 hours. Make sure to check the duration of the tour before booking to ensure it fits your itinerary.

What activities can be done during tours in Puno?

During tours in Puno, you can enjoy a variety of exciting activities. You can explore the Floating Islands of the Uros, where you will learn about the local culture and their unique way of life. You can also visit the Island of Taquile and admire its artisanal textiles. Another popular option is to take boat excursions on Lake Titicaca, visiting islands like Amantaní and Sillustani.

Are private or personalized tours offered in Puno?

Yes, private and personalized tours are offered in Puno. If you prefer a more exclusive experience tailored to your preferences, you can hire a private tour where you will have a dedicated tour guide just for you. This will allow you to explore the attractions at your own pace and receive more personalized attention.

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