Puno

Puno, “Capital of Peruvian Folklore”, is dominated by the presence of Titicaca Lake, the highest in the planet and host of a number of natural and artificial islands. 

Puno city has the privilege of an ancestral artistic wealth, where its residents express their feelings through dances, songs, dresses and masks of legendary characters. 

This city is also known for its "chullpas" (archeological sites) and its churches with notable colonial architecture.  

Visit Puno and live an adventure rich in traditions, legends and beliefs!

We invite you to visit Puno in a safe and responsible way!
Puno

Top tourist attractions

  • Titicaca Lake: It is the highest navigable lake in the world.  Its waters are home of an extraordinary fauna and flora.
  • Uros’ Floating Islands : A set of 40 large floating Totora reed islets where the inhabitants still live as their ancestors.  
  • Amantaní Island: It is known for the abundance of shrubs and its natural viewpoints, where several pre-Hispanic remains can be observed. 
  • Isla Taquile: This place was used as a political prison until the early twentieth century.
  • Esteves Island: It houses important archaeological traces of the Tiahuanaco, Colla and Pucará cultures. 
  • Archaeological site of Inca Uyo: Also known as the "Temple of Fertility". 
  • Cutimbo archaeological complex: Pre-Hispanic cemetery that belonged to the Lupacas and Collas dominions. 
  • Sillustani archaeological complex: Famous for the Chullpas: circular towers made of stone that house the rests of the old authorities.
  • Cancacho: Piglet or lamb marinated and baked with aji and oil.
  • Pesque de quinua: Quinoa puree flavored with milk and cheese.
  • Chairo: Beef and lamb soup, with potatoes, beans, pumpkin, cabbage, chuño, wheat and chalona or dried mutton.
  • February 2: Virgen de la Candelaria. Patroness of Puno 
  • Last week of February and first week of March: Compadres and comadres feast in Ayabaca, Juliaca.
  • Puno Carnival Festivities: The gangs or groups of dancers pass through the different neighborhoods of the city. People dance to the beat of panpipes and drums.
  • March 8: San Juán de Dios festivity. The church is surrounded by many musical bands and dancers.
  • From May 2 to 5: Alasitas fair Traditional fair of miniature objects, such as houses, cars, airplanes, money, etc.
  • July 15: Virgen del Carmen festivities in Cabana.
  • August 15: Feast in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción, patroness of Cabana. 
  • September 24: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes.
  • October 24: Anniversary of the founding of Juliaca.
  • November 4: Anniversary of the founding of Puno.