7 Best Things To Do In Puno

1. The city of Puno is considered the folk capital of Peru. The main base for anyone who wants to visit the highest navigable lake in the world: Titicaca Lake.

2. The Cathedral of Puno worth a visit. It is located in the Plaza de Armas and follows the baroque style, in a mestizo line, very different from the brazilian churches in the same period. Its facade is of stone, decorated with human images, wild plants and mermaids carved in wood.

3. You must meet the floating islands of Uros and Taquile and immerse yourself in unique culture and customs. Visitors can take traditional tours on reed boats and buy local handicrafts. To maintain normal blood pressure, do not miss a cup of coca or muña.


4. The Island of Taquile looks like another country, where the inhabitants live with their own customs, rules, habits and cuisine. Even the dress differs from other peoples, with its own meaning. To reach this island, you must climb about 4 thousand meters of altitude – do not forget the tea of muña and coca to help you at that moment.

5. Do not miss the archaeological complex of Sillustani, with its funeral towers full of millennial stories. In this place, on the shores of Lake Umayo, the wealthiest of the Kingdom of Colla were buried, along with their jewels and valuables things.

6. Another tour you can´t miss is to visit the Carlos Dreyer Museum – a German painter and collector who lived in the city and was a great enthusiast of Andean culture. The museum is housed in an old mansion, very well preserved and exhibits a complete collection with archeological pieces, paintings by the artist himself and three mummies exposed in the position where they died. The museum is open from Monday to Friday, from 9:30AM to 7:30 PM, admission costs 15 soles.  

7. To close a day of activities in Puno, we indicate the “Mirador El Condor”, also called “Mirador de Kuntur Wasi”. At this highest point it is possible to have a panoramic view of the city, as well as the partial view of Lake Titicaca. With luck, you can see the daring condors.


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Semíramis F. Alencar Moreira – Redação Hurb – semiramis.moreira@hurb.com


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