Welcome to Puno - Peru, and especially our Tourist Information Portal about the magical city of Lake Titicaca. Here you will find the most complete information about Puno - Titicaca Lake, location, climate, temperature and its tourist wonders, addition, we present a select guide to the restaurants, clubs and all services offered in the city of Puno, with the information needed to sightseeing.
Location: The Department of Puno is located in the southeastern part of Peru between 13 ° 00' and 17 ° 08' south latitude and 71 ° 08' and 68 ° 50' west longitude of Greenwich, at an altitude of 3,827 m.
The 70% of the territory is located on the plateau of Collao and 30% occupy the Amazon region. Puno is the current capital of the province and the department of the same name. It is the center of conjunction of two great cultures: Quechua and Aymara; which they led to a unique heritage of customs, rituals and beliefs.
Limits: By the north with the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios; by the south with the departments of Moquegua and Tacna; by the west with the departments of Cuzco and Arequipa and on the east by the Republic of Bolivia.
Puno, is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (the largest navigable lake in South America and highest in the world) the most important attractions are, Uros Islands, Taquile and Amantani Islands.
Islands were inhabited since time immemorial by the civilizations of Quechua and Aymara. Around Puno and Lake Titicaca, you can find the following attractions; the chullpas of Sillustani, peninsulas of Llachón, Chucuito, Karina and Luquina chio.
Lake Titicaca is at an average altitude of 3812 meters between the territories of Peru and Bolivia. It has a total area of 8562 square kilometers of which 56% correspond to Peru and 44% in Bolivia (176 Km. Long and 50 km. Wide), its maximum depth is estimated at 281 m and its average depth is 107 m.
You can also visit other tourist sites or attractions in Puno Lake as:Quechua route (on road Puno - Cusco)
Language: The official languages of Peru is Spanish, in the Puno region are spoken two native languages, which are the Quechua and Aymara , the majority of Quechua speakers are bilingual and have the Spanish as a second language. The same happens with the Aymaras.
Temperature: The department of Puno has an average annual temperature ranging between 3°C and 17°C, on sunny days the temperature reaches 22°C. The temperature can vary according to the time:
Puno is cold and medium-dry climate, the difference in the seasons is not very strong, but it has two distinct periods mentioned below details of the two seasons.
Surface: The department of Puno has an extension of 72,000 km², represents approximately 5.6% of the Peruvian territory, with a population of 1,200,000 inhabitants, which the 60% is rural and 40% urban.
Topography: Is flat largely of his Andean territory; Also, part of its territory occupies the jungle, the region of Madre de Dios.
Volcanic Cordillera of Carabaya and cross the department from east to west, forming a great ring that closes the Vilcanota knot. Into this ring extends Collao Plateau, vast plain in an inverted cone whose center is occupied by Lake Titicaca.
This declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation on July 23, 1980, the museum is located in the main square of Puno.
Location: Conde de Lemos Jr. # 289.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday (9:30 a.m. to 7:30 PM) and Sunday (2:30 PM to 7:30 PM)Entrance Fee:
Clothing: we recommend bringing warm clothing and light (waterproof jacket), as during the day is very hot and the nights and early mornings, always bring a hat and sunscreen as to meet at 3820 m sunlight is strongest.
Solar radiation in Puno is one of the strongest in the whole Peru. Therefore, use the sunscreen all the time, sunglasses, hat, even when cloudy, also to bring comfortable shoes for walks on the tours
Altitude Sickness: The altitude Sickness or “Soroche” this discomfort occurs from lack of oxygen, because the Lake Titicaca is located 3,800 meters and (12,500ft). If you have not previously acclimated in Cusco or elsewhere before your visit to Puno, there is the likelihood suffering of slight altitude sickness during your first days in Puno.
The main symptoms are headache, dizziness and nausea, but can also suffer fatigue and insomnia. To avoid these symptoms, we suggest you to plan your journey, you need gradually adapt to the altitude, and we recommend a stopover in Cusco or Arequipa for better air conditioning, in your first day in Puno follow these tips:
We recommend a stopover in Cusco or Arequipa for better air conditioning if they come directly from Lima Hotels in Puno have oxygen and with some coca tea or muña can naturally fight altitude sickness but despite that the symptoms continue you. You can take the famous “mountain sickness pill” quite apart from this we recommend at least the 1st night and eat soft bland foods.
All the hotels in Puno have oxygen and they offering some coca tea or muña can naturally fight altitude sickness but despite that, the symptoms continue you. You can take the famous “mountain sickness pill”
Security: The city of Puno is quiet and friendly, can walk through the city center with no problem, however we recommend to move until midnight 12:00 am. Most stores accept credit cards so you do not need to carry much cash. If you bring cameras or small backpacks bring them forward.
Highlights attractions: Puno has much to offer but certainly its most important attractions in the lake are the islands of Uros, Taquile and Amantani in Puno Chullpas of Sillustani archeological complex, be sure to visit these attractions.
Electricity: All hotels have a voltage of 220V but not everyone has transformers.
Crafts: If you search, a variety of crafts at an affordable price can be found on the port of Puno. On the other hand, on the main street (Lima) we can find brand name stores throughout Peru where the finest and most beautiful examples found.