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CIUDAD DE PUNO | PUNO CITY (description).

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.

  • Altitude: Puno (3827 m).
  • Low: 820 m (Lanlacuni Low).
  • Maximum: 4725 m (San Antonio de Esquilache).Límites:

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.

Access by land to the following departments:
  • 265 Km. (166 millas) East of Arequipa.
  • 389 Km. (244 millas) South de Cusco.
  • 45 Km. (29 millas) South East of Juliaca.
  • 1,495 Km. (935 millas) South East of Lima.
Distances from the city of Puno to other sites in the same region:
  • From Puno to the Airport (Juliaca), 55 km / 45 minutes - 1 hour
  • From Puno to Juliaca, 44 km / 45 minutes.
  • From Puno to Sillustani, 34 km / 40 minutes.
  • From Puno to Lampa, 80 km / 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • From Puno to Ayaviri, 137 km / 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • From Puno to Chucuito, 18km / 20 minutes.
  • From Puno to Ilave, 54 km / 1 hour.
  • From Puno to Aramu Muro o Ajayu Marca, 62km / 1hour y 20 minutes.
  • From Puno to Juli, 79 km / 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • From Puno to Yunguyo (border Perú & Bolivia to visit to Copacabana) 128 km / 2 hours y 30 minutes.
  • From Puno to Desaguadero (border Perú & Bolivia) (148 km) / 2 hours 45 minutes.

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)
  • The archaeological complex of Sillustani: an archaeological site for its impressive funerary towers of cultures per-Inca and Inca. Surrounded by a spectacular lagoon called Umayo.
  • The pink city of Lampa: beautiful village with its imposing Temple of St. James (Santiago Apóstol), its catacombs and its stone bridge.
  • The archaeological complex of Pucara: this wonderful town blanket on his remains bowels of the museum lithic pre-Inca times, besides sculpture of its inhabitants as the famous bulls of Pucara (Toritos de Pucara).
  • Canyon Tinajani: impressive “stone forest", quiet and enigmatic place.
  • Cutimbo: Archaeological center of chullpas with square and cylindrical shapes.
Route Aymara or Lupacas (on road Peru - Bolivia)
  • Chucuito: A beautiful town, famous for its temple of fertility, churches, viewpoint and trout farm.
  • Juli: Known as "Little Rome of America" for its beautiful churches that have the same characteristics of the churches of Rome.
  • Aramu Muru o Hayu Marca: A sacred place for the visitors, is characterized by its enigmatic inter-dimensional Gate, carved in solid rock simulating the famous "Gate of Sun", ideal for mystical activities
  • Pomata: characterized by its Church of Santiago Apóstol, mixed style, and incredible panoramic view of the lake and the peninsula of Copacabana.
  • Kasani: border Perú with Bolivia, very visited by tourists, to go to Copacabana,from there you can visit the Sun Island and the Moon Island.

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:

  • Between 5:00 and 7:00 am, the temperature can range between 5 ° C and 8 ° C
  • Between 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, the temperature can range between 14 ° C and 22 ° C
  • At 5:00 pm, the temperature begins to drop until the next day.

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.

  • October to March: constant rains, hot weather (3 ° C overnight to 17 ° C during the day). When rains the temperature drops dramatically after the rains, the Puno region presents a green landscape in all fields, making it look splendid. In the mid of September - December: in these months the sky is clear with varying temperatures between 3 ° C to 15 ° during the day.
  • April-September: dry season, however it lasts two months since in June is the coldest month: the temperature can range from -10 ° C or -6 during the early morning or at night and even 17 ° C on the day that has a radiant sun, and in the mid July - September: months when strong currents of wind.

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.

  • Airport: Manco Capac International Airport. Located in the city of Juliaca Av. Aviation neighborhood Santa Adriana. Phone +51 – (051) 328974/322905.
  • Train station: Peru Rail Corporation Located in the city of Puno on Avenue La Torre # 224, phone +51 (051) 351041/369179 E-mail:. Reservas@perurail.com, http://www.perurail.com, Attention of the office from Mayday-Friday 7:00-12:00 y 13:00-17:00; Saturday and Sunday 7:00-11:00 AM.
  • Bus Terminal: Located on the street May Day # 703, Magisterial District, Puno. Phone (051) 364733. Attention of the counters from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm every day.
  • Hospital: In Puno Manuel Nunez Butron, located at Avenida El Sol # 1022 Telephone +51 (051) 369696/351021 / 367777.
  • Clinical Puno: Located JR Ramón Castilla 178 180, Puno District, City: Puno. TEL: (051) 363929 TEL: (51) 368834. Email: clinicapuno@hotmail.com.
  • Hospital: in Juliaca Carlos Monge Medrano Located at Kilometer 2 Huancané Avenue, Phone +51 (051) 321750/321131.
  • American Clinic Juliaca: Located in Jr. Loreto 315 TEL: Eme. (051) 323418. E-mail: informes@clinicaamericana.org.pe.
  • Police: In Puno, Puno Region National Police. Deustua St. # 530, Phone: +51 (051) 353 988, attention 24 hours.Tourism police, Deustua St. # 558 Phone: +51 (051) 354764, attention 24 hours. In Juliaca, National Police of Peru, San Martin St. And Ramón Castilla St. Phone +51 (051) 32-2091. 24-hour care.
  • Post Offices: In Puno, located at Moquegua St. # 269 Phone +51 (051) 351141. In Juliaca, located at Sandia St. and Ladislao Butron St. Phone +51 (051) 32-1391.
  • Tourist information: IPERU office is located in the Lima Street and Deustua street, Telephone 051-365088 E-MAIL iperupuno@promperu.gob.pe.
Carlos Dreyer MUSEUM

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:
  • Foreigners:
    • S/ 15.00
  • Foreign students:
    • S/ 10.00
  • Peruvians:
    • S/ 5.00
  • Local:
    • S/ 2.00
  • School:
    • S/ 1.00
This important museum of the city of Puno has 8 showrooms which are detailed:
  • Inca Hall: Where well-preserved objects cultures of the coast and highlands of Peru, samples of pottery, stone weapons, textiles, sculptures and mummies are displayed; the Moche, Nazca, Chimu, Chancay, Tiahuanaco, Pucara and Inca cultures.
  • Lithic Hall Gallery: Where sculptures and stone monoliths Pukará civilization also known as “The Mother Culture of the Andes” are displayed.
  • Regional Archaeological Hall: Where find gold and silver, stone sculptures of the cultures Pucara, Tiahuanaco, Colla, and Pacajes Lupaca peoples living near Lake Titicaca, in areas known as Umasuyo (east side) and Urcusuyo (western side).
  • Death living in the highlands: Where is displayed the “Treasure of Sillustani” composed more than 500 pieces of gold that were part of a funerary equipment of the Incas found in 1971, along with mummies found in the archaeological complex of Sillustani and Chullpa replica of the Lizard (Sillustani).
  • Hall Art Gallery: Where paintings from the collection of Charles Dreyer and the circle of painters belonging to the indigenous Laykakota stream is exposed.
  • Colonial Room: Where are silverware, pins, rings, a numismatic collection and related services to the Spanish Foundation of the city of Puno in 1663 documents.
  • Religious hall: With gold leaf paintings and silver religious.
  • Hall Dreyer: With bronze objects and ornaments war of the republican era.
  • Los Balcones de Puno:
    • Located a few steps from the main street in the center of Puno Jr. Libertad # 354 is the only restaurant with folk music and dance show live (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm).
    • Phone 051-365300.
  • Mojsa:
    • Located in the Plaza de Armas Jr. Lima # 635 2nd floor, with a beautiful view of the square and the cathedral of Puno offers a range of local and Peruvian food.
    • Phone 051-363182.
  • La Casona:
    • Located on the main street Jr. Lima # 423 2nd floor, with a lovely balcony from where you can see the lima street offers an exquisite range of local, Peruvian and international cuisine.
    • Phone 051-351108.
  • Alma:
    • is located 7 minutes from the city of Puno at the Casa Andina Private Collection hotel in av. Sesquicentennial # 1970 definitely one of the best restaurants in town where you can appreciate a beautiful view of the lake and the city of Puno.
    • Phone 051-363992.
  • The Uros:
    • Located in the Libertador hotel 10 minutes from the city of Puno island Esteves S / N with the best view of the lake and the city offers an exquisite variety of options.
    • Phone 051-367780.
  • Coca Kintu:
    • (Typical Food) Located in Jr. Lima Nº 401,
    • Telephone: 051 - 365566/951300738,
  • Atajo:
    • (Typical Food) Located in Lima Jr. 339,
    • Phone: 054 774 858
  • Giorgio:
    • (Pasta and Pizza) located Jr. Lima # 430 - Puno,
    • Telephone: 051-367771 E-mail: giorgioss33@hotmail.com
  • Tradiciones del Lago:
    • (Comida Tipica) dirección: Jr. Lima # 418 – Puno,Teléfono: 051-368140
  • Jhutmay:
    • Restaurant Pizzeria (Pasta and Pizza) located Jr. Libertad # 334, Puno,
    • Telephone: 051-365209 - E-mail: moisesyabarrena@hotmail.com
  • Kamizaraky:
    • Bar Cafe Address: Pasaje Grau # 148, E-mail: rockkeros@hotmail.com, Web: www.kamizarakyrock.com
  • chickens:
    • Address: Jr. Libertad # 340 - Puno,
    • Phone: 051-351199, E-mail: lachozadeoscar@hotmail.com, Web: www.lachozadeoscar.com
  • Pacha Mixologi Bar:
    • The only bar where you can enjoy drinks molecular, located on the main street in the center of Puno Jr. Lima # 370, open (05:00 pm – 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the better selection of music accompanied by a warm atmosphere where there is also a pool table.
  • Positive:
    • Located on the main street in the center of Puno Jr. Lima # 386, open (06:00 pm – 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the best selection of rock, pop, alternative and reggae.
  • Kamizaraki:
    • Located just steps from the main street in the center of Puno Pasaje Grau # 148 open (06:00 pm – 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the best selection of rock, pop, alternative and reggae.
  • Déjà Vu:
    • Located just steps from the main street in the center of Puno Pasaje Grau # 214 open (06:00 pm – 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the best selection of rock, pop, alternative and reggae.
  • Cantobar: (Karaoke)
    • Located on lima street # 378 on the 2nd floor of cozy atmosphere you can enjoy wide range of topics in English and Spanish, open (8:00 pm – 03:00 am).
  • Domino: (Dance club)
    • located a few steps from the main street in downtown puno cozy and safe environment where you can enjoy a variety of music, open (09:00 pm to 04:00 am) at Jr. Libertad # 437.
  • Spa:
    • We recommend the hotel spa liberator located 7 minutes by taxi from Plaza de Armas, offers the service of steam and dry sauna where guests can also make use of your Jacuzzi. To make reservations you may contact the hotel directly 051-367780.
  • Beauty Salons:
    • We can find these services in Ata passage located between the jr. Arequipa and Moquegua in the center of Puno.
  • Pharmacies/Drugs Store: You can find these services at Lima between the Pino park and the main square (2 blocks,) we recommend Inkafarma on Lima st # 364 and Arcangel Lima st # 298 Phone 051-369802.
  • Banks, ATMs and Currency Changes: you can find these services at Lima between the park and pine parade (2 blocks) recommend taking notes in good condition (not broken or stained) and you cannot change these tickets or you may be given a lower exchange rate, the offices of the following banks (Interbank, Continental, BCP and Scotiabank).

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.

  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • We recommend you, at least the 1st night, eat soft bland foods.
  • Drink plenty of water (more than three liters per day)

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.