Puno, Peru



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Puno is a city in southern Peru on Lake Titicaca, one of South America's largest lakes and the world's highest navigable body of water. A regional trading hub, the city's also considered Peru's "folkloric capital" owing to its traditional festivals featuring vibrant music and dancing. Landmarks include the Andean baroque-style Puno Cathedral and the Yavari, a 19th-century steamship (now a bed and breakfast).

Puno is a port city at an altitude of over 3,800 metres, on the shores of Lake Titicaca on the Altiplano of Peru. Puno is a picturesque hillside city overlooking Lake Titicaca and one of its largest attractions, the Uros Floating Islands. This, and its proximity to the Bolivian border, means that it´s a regular stop on the South American tourist trail


Puno’s elevation is about 3,822m (12,565 feet), which means it is fairly cold, especially at night. The sun is blistering hot during the day though and you should wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. During high season (July, August) almost every day one tourist is hospitalized with sunburns, especially after falling asleep on top of one of the sometimes agonizingly slow boats to the islands of Taquile or Amantani. If you arrive from a lower elevation, you might want to spend a day or two taking it easy in order to acclimatize.


There are several llama farms in Puno available for tourists to go to. You can learn about the history and agricultural llama use


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