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(Altitude: 3,827 m / 12,553 ft, Population: 120,790, Phone Code: 051)

Characterized by sprawling, traffic-infested streets lined with markets full of barking men and women, Puno lacks the grace of its vastly more attractive neighbor, Lake Titicaca. Indeed, it's slightly ironic that the Quechua named for this hectic city translates to "place of rest."

Honking buses and pedestrian-packed streets aside, Puno has a number of attractions and is a great place to start any trip to Lago Titicaca and the surrounding area. The Plaza de Armas, located over a kilometer (1 mi) from the lakeshore, is surrounded by the Catedral and other 17th-century buildings. The pedestrian street, JirĂłn Lima, connects the Plaza de Armas to Parque Pino. A few blocks north are the Arco Deustua memorial and the Cerrito de Huajsata viewpoint. Another lookout hill, Kuntur Wasi, is south of the city center.

Three avenues with pedestrian medians—Del Puerto, Titicaca and Los Incas—head from downtown to the shores of Lago Titicaca. At the waterfront is the several-kilometer long Malecón Eco Turístico. The port is the departure point for boats to the Uros, Taquile, Amantaní and other islands. The north end of the shoreline boulevard is where Puno’s most exclusive hotels are and the steamship, the Yaraví. Less than a kilometer offshore is Isla Estéves, connected to the mainland by a causeway.

Day trips from Puno may be made to the islands, Reserva Nacional del Titicaca, Sullistani ruins and to villages like Chucuito.

Neighborhoods in Puno: Around Puno,

Other places nearby Puno: Chucuito, LlachĂłn, Lampa, Isla Taquile , Juliaca, Islas Uros, Isla Suasi, Juli , Isla AmantanĂ­ and Islas Anapia and Yuspique.

26 Jun 2012

Hotels in Puno

Hotel Libertador

The Libertador hotel chain is one of Peru\'s most prestigious and luxurious, and the Hotel Libertador Puno is no exception. The hotel is located on Lake Titicaca, on Estéves Island, not far from ...
Puno, Peru

El Manzano

The small, charming El Manzano Guest House is away from Puno’s bustling center, near the port and bus terminals. The basic rooms are comfortable and have private or shared bath with solar-heated ...
Puno, Peru

Hacienda Plaza de Armas

A 3-Star Hotel with visitor satisfaction as the main goal. Rooms are all carpeted and include 24 Hours of hot water, cable TV, internet, telephone, American Breakfasts, ...
Puno, Peru

Taquile Hostal

The Taquile Hostal is only a few blocks from the main square in Puno and offers comfortable single and double rooms. This is complete with hot water, TV, laundry service, safety boxes, and a ...
Puno, Peru

Helena Inn Hostal

Helena Inn is one of the few three-star facilities in Puno, for those wanting to spend a little bit more for a higher-quality stay while anticipating a trip to Lake Titicaca. This hostel, just two ...
Puno, Peru

Hotel Ollanta Inn

Hotel Ollanta Inn is a four-story, walk-up inn located a half-block off Avenida Los Incas, near the train station and Mercado Central. It provides large, clean rooms with comfortable beds, ...
Puno, Peru

Hostal Los Pinos

Of the places to stay in Puno, Hostal Los Pinos is one of the best budget options. Located just a block and a half from Parque Pino, this family-run hostel has spacious, light-filled rooms with new ...
Puno, Peru

El Inti Backpacker Hostel

143097 The Inti Backpacker Hostel is one option for budget backpackers arriving in Puno. Located on a passageway across from the train station and near the Mercado Central, this hotel offers rooms with ...
Puno, Peru

El Buho Hotel

A delightful, spacious hotel with well-decorated rooms and all-important gas heaters for those cold Puno nights. The hotel feels luxurious, yet homey at the same time. Services include carpeted rooms ...
Puno, Peru

Don Julio Youth Hostel

A modern high rise is the home to Don Julio Youth Hostel. Although this is a Hostelling International hotel, it has no dormitories. Instead, all of the spacious rooms are private accommodations ...
Puno, Peru

Qelqatani Hotel

Qelqatani Hotel is located in the heart of Puno and is within walking distance of many attractions such as museums, colonial churches, commercial centers, banks, restaurants and bars. There are 28 ...
Puno, Peru

Tours in Puno


Partially owned by the reputable ExplorAndes agency, Titikayak offers a range of safe, well-planned kayak trips that leave from LlachĂłn. The equipment is excellent and everything you\'ll need for ...
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Puno, Peru

All Ways Travel

This socially-conscious company managed by Victor Pauca and his daughter, Eliana, offers trips to various islands around Lake Titicaca and Sillustani, including Uros, AmantanĂ­, Anapia, Yuspique, and ...
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Puno, Peru

Edgar Adventures

Run by Peruvian husband and wife team Edgar Apaza and Norka Florez, Edgar Adventures is one of the busiest tour agencies in Puno, and is highly recommended. This daring-duo runs tours, departing ...
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Puno, Peru

Pirámide Tours

This company offers both classic tours and more unique trips to remote areas around Lake Titicaca. Service is flexible and friendly, and launches are fast. Transport to and from Cusco, Arequipa, and ...
Tour Operator
Puno, Peru


With over 30 years of tourism experience, customer service and tailor-made itineraries are deeply ingrained within Solmartour\'s philosophy. Its menu of tours is diverse with options for adventure , ...
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Puno, Peru

Titikaka Adventures

Titikaka Adventures offers many ways to explore the lake and its communities. Along with half- and full-day tours to the Floating Islands of the Uros, this agency also has trips to Taquile and ...
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Puno, Peru
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