Puno

( 3.827 meters) above sea level

 

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Festivals and legends on the edge of Titicaca

Located on the Andean plateau, this region is dominated by Lake Titicaca, sacred place of the Incas and home to natural and artificial islands. There are pre-Hispanic archaeological sites with circular constructions that still go by their original name of “chullpas”. Its churches are characterized by their distinctive colonial architecture. Its inhabitants are proud of their Quechua and Aymara past, and their folkloric tradition that can be seen every year in the form of dances and rituals during the Candelaria festival. Puno is a legend, a multicolored festival, and home to natural and artificial islands.

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Living culture and nature:

Fans of community tourism, archaeology enthusiasts, admirers of religious monuments, handicraft collectors, those interested by local traditions and customs and wildlife and adventure sports lovers.

Puno is a legend, a multicolored festival, and home to natural and artificial islands.

Location: Located in the mountainous south of Peru, it shares a border with Bolivia. The land is more or less flat, because much of it is on the Collao plateau.

2 days

minimum
recommended
length of stay

1/2 day: City of Puno

1 day: The islands – Uros and Taquile

1 day: Chucuito, Juli and Pomata.

1 day: Sillustani and Cutimbo.

1 day: Lampa, Tinajani and Pucará.

1 – 2 days: Llachón.

1 – 2 days: Capachica Peninsula (Llachón and Tikonata Island).

2 days: The Uros – Amantaní and Taquile islands.

Recommended for

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Devotees of experiential tourism: who will enjoy visiting the islands of Taquile, Amantari
and Tikonta as well as the town of Llachón.

Archaeology aficionados: who should not miss visiting the Sillustani and Cutimbo complexes.

Admirers of religious monuments: who will be able to admire churches in the towns of Juli, Chucuito and Lampa, as well as in Puno.

Popular tradition enthusiasts: who can take part in the Our Lady of Candlemas festival, one of the most important in Peru.

Handicraft collectors: who can buy souvenirs in markets and shops in Puno and also on the Uros islands. Unique pottery can be purchased in Pucará.

Adventure Wildlife lovers: who will be astonished by the vicuñas on the islands of Umayo and Anapia. Then there is the lake itself, where they will find native fish, amphibian, and bird species, like the Titicaca grebe.

Adventure sport aficionados: who will be able to kayak on the world’s highest navigable lake and also mountain bike on trails above 9840 fasl. Also offered is sport fishing on the lake.

What to buy?

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Main crafts made in the area are textiles and other garments made out from alpaca, llama and sheep’s wool. Also made there are traditional musical instruments, like the siku (wind instrument) and the charango (guitar-like instrument). In regards to pottery, the most interesting pieces are the Toritos de Pucará (little bull statues) and the Ekeko, a statue that has good luck charms hung on it.

What to eat?

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Puno is the realm of the nourishing ram’s head soup, which you eat by slurping small and steamy sips so your body gets used to the harsh weather of the Altiplano. Traditional dishes from Puno include ingredients found throughout the Andean region, like cheese, potatoes, quinoa, mutton, pork and alpaca. Exotic products from Lake Titicaca, like silverfish (which come from Argentina) and trout (from North America) have been perfectly assimilated into the people’s diet and to
restaurants. The city of Puno offers a range of different restaurants, serving a wide array of food, but most people prefer pasta, meat, soups and creams.

Typical dishes Puno

Chairo o Chayro: It is a thick and tasty with potatoes, potato flour, meat and other ingredients soup. Very tasty and high nutritional value. It is the favorite soup of villagers returning after finishing a day. It is a hearty stew made with lamb, chalona (dried lamb), vegetables (carrot, celery, beans, garlic, onion), potato, black potato flour, salt and oregano.

Suck quinoa:  It is a very nutritious dish. It is based on quinoa, cooked in cold water without salt. It is added vegetables. All ingredients in a pot of salted water, head and spine of the fish or seafood to be cooked. Strain the broth and puts the vegetables, potatoes, quinoa and fish. Is put in hot oil to fry onions and tomatoes are added.

Thimpo de Carachi: It is prepared with fish Carachi, typical of Lake Titicaca measuring 10 to 15 cm fish. The carachi is high in phosphorus. If you want you can use mackerel or mauri instead of carachi. It served with potatoes and whole chuños, muña, onion, garlic and chili.

Size: 71,999 km2 (27,799 sq.miles).

Puno Attractions in the City
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Puno Attractions Beyond the City
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Puno Festivals
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