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When To Go To Puno

Puno has a cold, dry climate. November-March is the rainy season, with nighttime temperatures dipping to about 4ºC (39ºF). The dry months experience the coldest night temperatures, dropping up to -15ºC (5ºF). Daytimes are pretty warm year-round, averaging 18-20ºC (64-68ºF).

Lodging is in high demand the first two weeks of February (Fiestas de la Virgen de Candelaria, when hotel reservations should be made at least a month in advance, and June-September.

Holidays and Festivals

Dominated by the Aymara to the south and Quechua to the north, Puno is shaped by the confluence of two notably different cultural currents. Referred to by some as the folklore capital of the world, Puno boasts some of the most fascinating and vibrant folklore festivals. Three major festivals are unique to the city:

February 2—Fiesta Patronal Virgen de la Candelaria—This festival honors Puno’s patron saint, and features colorful processions, traditional dances and masses, dances.

May 3-10—Fiesta de Alacitas y las Cruces—At this artisan fair, miniatures of houses, cars, money and other things people desire are sold, to be used in Ekeko offerings.

November 1-7—Anniversary of the Founding of Puno—Civic parades and dancing though the streets are just the beginning of these festivities. November 5, the Inca myth of Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo departing the waters of Lago Titicaca, to found the Inca Empire, is re-enacted.

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