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USEFUL INFORMATION TO TRAVEL TO PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA

Welcome to Puno-Peru, and especially to our Tourist Information Portal about the magical city of Lake Titicaca. Here you will find the most complete information about Puno - Lake Titicaca, Location, Climate, temperature and tourist wonders, we also present a select guide of restaurants, discos and all services offered in the city of Puno, with the necessary information to sightseeing.

Plaza de Armas en Puno

Location: The Department of Puno is located in the southeastern part of the Peruvian territory between 13 ° 00 'and 17 ° 08' South latitude and in the 71 ° 08 'and 68 ° 50' west longitude of the Greenwich meridian, at a height of 3,827 meters above sea level

70% of the territory is located in the Collao plateau and 30% occupies the Amazon region. Puno is the current capital of the province and the department of the same name. It is the center of conjunction of two great cultures: Quechua and Aymara; those that propitiated an incomparable patrimony of customs, rites and beliefs.

DESCRIPTION

Access by land to the following departments:

  • 265 km (166 miles) east of Arequipa.
  • 389 km (244 miles) south of Cusco.
  • 45 km (29 miles) southeast of Juliaca.
  • 1,495 km (935 miles) southeast of Lima.

Distances from the city of Puno to other points of interest in the same region:

  • To the Airport (Juliaca), 55 km / 45 minutes to 1h.
  • A Juliaca, 44 km / 45 minutos.
  • To Juliaca, 44 km / 45 minutes.
  • To Sillustani, 34 km / 40 minutes.
  • To Ayaviri, 137 km / 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • To Chucuito, 18km / 20 minutes.
  • To Ilave, 54 km / 1 hour.
  • To Aramu Muro or Ajayu Marca, 62km / 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • A Juli, 79 km / 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • To Yunguyo (border with Bolivia to go to Copacabana) 128 km / 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Desaguadero (border with Bolivia) (148 km) / 2 hours 45 minutes by paved road.

The city of Puno, is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (The largest navigable lake in South America and highest in the world) its most important attractions are; the islands of the Uros, Taquile and Amantani, Islands that were populated since time immemorial by the civilizations of Quechuas and Aymaras. Around Puno and Lake Titicaca you will find the following attractions: the chullpas of Sillustani, the peninsulas of Llachón, Chucuito, karina and Luquina chico.

Lake Titicaca is a body of water located on the Collao plateau in the Central Andes at an average altitude of 3812 masl Between the territories of Peru and Bolivia. It has a total area of ​​8562 km² of which 56% correspond to Peru and 44% to Bolivia (176 km long and 50 km wide), its maximum depth is estimated at 281 m and its average depth is 107 m.

We can also visit other tourist sites or attractions in Puno such as:

  • Quechua Route (Puno - Cusco)
    • The archaeological complex of Sillustani: an archaeological site for the impressive funerary towers of the per-Inca and Inca cultures. surrounded by a spectacular lagoon called Umayo.
      Chullpas de Sillustani en Puno
    • The pink city of Lampa: Beautiful town with its imposing Temple of Santiago Apóstol, its catacombs and its stone bridge.
      Templo Santiago Apostol en Lampa - Puno
    • The archaeological complex of Pucara: this wonderful village shelters in its entrails the remains of the pre-Inca lithic museum, as well as the sculpture of its inhabitants, such as the famous pucara bulls.
      Ciudad de Pucara en Puno
    • The canyon of Tinajani: imposing stone canyon, quiet and enigmatic place.
      Tinajani en Ayaviri - Puno
  • Route Aymara O Lupacas (Peru - Bolivia)
    • Chucuito: A beautiful town, famous for its temple of fertility, its churches, viewpoint and trout farm.
      Templo de la Fertilidad en Chucuito - Puno
    • Juli: Known as "The Little Rome of America", due to its beautiful churches that have the same characteristics as the churches of Rome.
      Juli - Puno
    • Aramu Muru or Hayu Marca: A sacred place for visitors, it is characterized by its enigmatic inter-dimensional door carved in solid rock simulating the famous Puerta del Sol, an ideal place for mystical activities.
      Aramu Muru o Hayu Marca en Puno
    • Pomata: characterized by its church of Santiago Apóstol, of mestizo style, and the incredible panoramic view of the lake and the Copacabana peninsula.
    • Kasani: is the border Peru with Bolivia, very busy by tourists to visit Copacabana, Isla del Sol and Luna.

Language: The official languages ​​of Peru are Spanish, in the Puno region, two Quechua and Aymara native languages ​​are spoken, the majority of Quechua-speakers are bilingual and have Spanish as a second language. The same happens with the Aymara, whose languages ​​are restricted mainly to the Altiplano.

The inhabitants of the northern part of Puno speak Quechua and in the southern part they speak the Aymara, taking into account the midpoint of the city of Puno.

WEATHER

Temperature: The department of Puno has an average annual temperature that fluctuates between 3 ° C and 17 ° C, on sunny days the temperature reaches 22 ° C. The temperature may vary according to the time:

  • Between 5:00 and 7:00 am the temperature can range between 5 ° C and 8 ° C
  • Between 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, the temperature can range between 14 ° C and 22 ° C
  • Starting at 5:00 p.m. plus, the temperature starts to drop until the next day.

Puno has a cold and semi-dry climate, the difference in the seasons is not very marked, but it has two well-defined seasons, and then we will mention details of the two seasons.

  • October - March: constant rainy season, hot weather (3 ° C during the night to 17 ° C during the day). When there is rain the temperature drops drastically, after the rains the region of Puno presents a green landscape in all its fields, making it look splendid, in the middle of the month of September - December: in these months the sky Puneño, is cleared with varied temperatures from 3 ° C to 15 ° during the day.
  • April - September: dry season, however this lasts 2 months since in June it is the coldest month: the temperature can vary from -10 or -6 ° C during the early morning or at night and up to the 17 ° C on the day that presents a radiant sun and mid-July - September: months when it has strong wind currents.

Area: The department of Puno has an area of ​​72,000 km², approximately, represents 5.6% of the Peruvian territory, with a population of 1 200,000 inhabitants, of which 60% is rural and 40% is urban.

Topography: It is flat in a large part of its Andean territory; also, part of its territory occupies the jungle region, bordering the jungles of Madre de Dios.

The Carabaya and Volcanic Cordillera cross the department from East to West forming a large ring that closes the Vilcanota knot. In the middle of this ring it extends to the Meseta del Collao, an extensive inverted cone-shaped plain whose center is occupied by Lake Titicaca.

DIRECTORY

  • Airport: Inca Manco Capac International Airport. Av. Aviation s / n Urb.Santa Adriana, Juliaca. Tel. (051) 32-8974 / 32-2905. Attention: LV 8: 30-16: 30 S 8: 00-13: 00.
  • Train station: Peru Rail Corp. Av. La Torre 224, Puno. Tel. (051) 35-1041 / 36-9179. Plaza Bolognesi 303, Juliaca. Tel. (051) 32-1036. E-mail: reservas@perurail.com http://www.perurail.com Attention: LV 7: 00-12: 00 and 13: 00-17: 00; SD 7: 00-11: 00.
  • Terrestrial Terminal: Located at Jr. Primero de Mayo # 703, Barrio Magisterial, Puno. Telephone (051) 364733. Attention of the counters from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm every day. Attention: LV 7: 30-13: 30.
  • Hospital: In Puno Manuel Núñez Butrón, Located at Av. El Sol # 1022, Telephone +51 (051) 369696/351021/367777.
  • Puno Clinic: located JR Ramón Castilla 178 180, Puno District, City: Puno. TEL: (051) 363929 TEL: (51) 368834. Email: clinicapuno@hotmail.com.
  • Hospital: In Juliaca Carlos Monge Medrano Located at Kilometer 2 of Huancané Avenue, Telephone +51 (051) 321750/321131.
  • Clínica Americana Juliaca: Located at Jr. Loreto 315. TEL: Eme. (051) 323418. E-mail: informes@clinicaamericana.org.pe.
  • Local police: In Puno, Puno Region National Police. Jr. Deústua # 530, Telephone: +51 (051) 353988, Attention 24 hours. Tourist Police, Jr. Deústua # 558. Telephone: +51 (051) 354764, 24 hours attention. In Juliaca, National Police of Peru, Jr. San Martín and Jr. Ramón Castilla Telephone +51 (051) 32-2091. Attention 24 hours.
  • Post offices: In Puno, located at Jr. Moquegua 269 Telephone +51 (051) 351141. In Juliaca, Located at Jr. Sandia and Jr. Ladislao Butrón, Telephone +51 (051) 32-1391.
  • Tourist information: IPeru's office is located at Jr. Lima with Jr. Deústua, Telephone 051-365088 E-MAIL iperupuno@promperu.gob.pe.

MUSEUMS

Carlos Dreyer Museum

This museum, declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation on July 23, 1980, is located in the main square of the city of Puno. Location: Jr. Conde de Lemos No. 289. Service Hours: Monday to Saturday (9:30 AM to 7:30 PM) and Sundays (2:30 PM to 7:30 PM)

Entrance prices:

Museo Carlos Dreyer en Puno
  • Foreigners: S / 15.00
  • Foreign students: S / 10.00
  • Nationals: S / 5.00
  • Premises: S / 2.00
  • Schoolchildren: S / 1.00

This important museum of the city of Puno has 8 exhibition halls which we detail:

  • Inca Hall: Where well preserved objects of cultures of the coast and mountain range of Peru are exhibited, samples of pottery, stone weapons, weavings, sculptures and mummies; of the Moche, Nazca, Chimú, Chancay, Tiahuanaco, Pukará and Inca cultures.
  • Gallery Lithic Hall: Where sculptures and stone monoliths of the Pukará civilization are also known as "The Mother Culture of the Andes".
  • Regional Archaeological Hall: Where we will find gold and silver objects, sculptures in stone of the Pukará, Tiahuanaco, Colla, Lupaca and Pacajes cultures settled near Lake Titicaca, in territories known as Umasuyo (eastern side) and Urcusuyo (western side).
  • Death Hall in the Altiplano: Where the "Treasure of Sillustani" is exhibited, composed of more than 500 pieces of gold that were part of a funerary trousseau of the Inca period found in 1971, as well as mummies found in the Archaeological Complex of Sillustani and a replica of the Chullpa del Lagarto (Sillustani).
  • Pinacoteca Hall:Where paintings are exhibited from the collection of Carlos Dreyer and painters of the Laykakota circle belonging to the indigenista current.
  • Colonial room: Where we find silver objects, pins, rings, a numismatic collection and documents related to the Spanish Foundation of the city of Puno in 1663.
  • Religious room: With paintings in gold leaf and silver objects of a religious nature.
  • Dreyer Room: With bronze objects and war ornaments from the Republican era.

SERVICES

RESTAURANTS

Restaurantes en Puno
  • The Balcones de Puno:
    • Located a few steps from the main street in downtown Puno on Jr. Libertad # 354 is the only restaurant with live music and dance show from (7:30 pm until 9:00 pm).
    • Telephone 051-365300.
  • Mojsa:
    • Located in Plaza de armas Jr. Lima # 635 2nd floor, with a beautiful view of the plaza and the cathedral of Puno offers a variety of local and Peruvian food.
    • Telephone 051-363182.
  • The big house
    • Located on the main street Jr. Lima # 423 2nd floor, with a lovely balcony from where you can appreciate Lima street offers an exquisite variety of local, Peruvian and international food.
    • Telephone 051-351108.
  • Soul:
    • It is located 7 minutes from the city of Puno at the Casa Andina Private Collection hotel on av. Sesquicentenario # 1970 undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in the city from where you can appreciate a beautiful view of the lake and the city of Puno. Telephone 051-363992.
  • The Uros:
    • Located in the Hotel Libertador 10 minutes from the city of Puno Esteves S / N Island with the best view of the lake and the city offers an exquisite variety of options. Telephone 051-367780.
  • Coca Kintu:
    • (Typical Food) Located in Jr. Lima Nº 401.
    • Telephone: 051 - 365566/951300738.
  • Shortcut:
    • Typical Food) Located at Jr. Lima 339.
    • Telephone: 054 774858.
  • Giorgio:
    • (Pastas and Pizzas) located Jr. Lima # 430 - Puno.
    • Telephone: 051-367771 E-mail: giorgioss33@hotmail.com.
  • Traditions of the Lake:
    • (Typical Food) address: Jr. Lima # 418 - Puno.
    • Phone: 051-368140
  • Jhutmay:
    • Restaurant Pizzeria (Pastas y Pizzas), located Jr. Libertad # 334, Puno.
    • Telephone: 051-365209 - E-mail: moisesyabarrena@hotmail.com.
  • Kamizaraky: Bar Café:
    • Address Pasaje Grau # 148, E-mail: rockkeros@hotmail.com, Web: www.kamizarakyrock.com.
  • Pollerias:
    • Address: Jr. Libertad # 340 - Puno.
    • Telephone: 051-351199, E-mail: lachozadeoscar@hotmail.com, Web: www.lachozadeoscar.com.

PUBS

Bares en Puno
  • Pacha Mixologi Bar: It is the only bar where you can enjoy molecular drinks, located on the main street in the center of Puno Jr. Lima # 370, open from (05:00 pm - 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the best Music selection accompanied by a cozy atmosphere where there is also a pool table.
  • Positive: Located on the main street in the center of Puno Jr. Lima # 386, open from (06:00 pm - 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the best selection of rock, pop, alternative and reggae.
  • Kamizaraki:Located a few steps from the main street in the center of Puno Pasaje Grau # 148, open from (06:00 pm - 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the best selection of rock, pop, alternative and reggae.
  • Déjà Vu: Located a few steps from the main street in the center of Puno Pasaje Grau # 214, open from (06:00 pm - 02:00 am) where you can enjoy the best selection of rock, pop, alternative and reggae.
  • Karaoke: Cantobar, located on Lima street # 378 on the 2nd floor of a cozy atmosphere you can enjoy a wide repertoire of topics in English and Spanish, open from (08:00 pm - 03:00 am).
  • Disco: Domino, located a few steps from the main street in the center of puno safe and welcoming environment where you can enjoy varied music, open from (09:00 pm to 04:00 am) in the Jr. Libertad # 437.
  • Lounge: Color's Restaurant Lounge, Located on the main street with a thematic and cozy atmosphere you can enjoy a variety of drinks and snacks (11:00 am - Midnight): Jr. Lima 342 - For drinks, cocktails and appetizers.

WELLNESS AND SPA

Wellness and Spa
  • Spa: We recommend the spa of the hotel liberator located 7 minutes by taxi from the Plaza de armas of Puno, offers the steam and dry sauna service where you can also make use of its Jacuzzi. To make reservations you can contact directly the hotel 051-367780.
  • Beauty Salons: We can find these services in Ata passage located between the jr. Arequipa and Moquegua in the center of Puno.

WELLNESS AND SPA

Otros Servicios en Puno
  • Pharmacies:
    • We can find these services on Lima street between the pine park and the plaza de armas (2 blocks) we recommend Inkafarma Jr. Lima # 364 and Arcángel Jr. Lima # 298.
    • Telephone 051-369802.
  • Banks, ATMs and House of Changes
    • We can find these services in Jirón Lima between the pine park and the plaza de armas (2 blocks) We recommend you take tickets in good condition (not broken or stained) as they can not change these tickets or they could give you a lower exchange rate, The offices of the following banks are also located on this street (Interbank, Continental, BCP and Scotiabank).
  • Handicrafts
    • If you are looking for a wide variety of handicrafts at a comfortable price, you can find them in the port of Puno. On the other hand in the main street (Lima) we can find shops of recognized brands throughout Peru where you will find the finest and beautiful samples.

TIPS

  • Clothing: it is recommended to bring warm and light clothing (wind breaks), during the day it is hot, at night and early morning it is quite cold, we also recommend to bring a hat or suncream since when we are at 3820 maslThe solar radiation in Puno It is one of the strongest in Peru. Therefore, use the sunscreen of the strongest all the time, sunglasses, hat, even when it is cloudy. It is recommended to bring comfortable shoes with you to make the walks in the tours.
  • Altitude sickness: Altitude sickness or "altitude sickness": this discomfort occurs from lack of oxygen. Since Lake Titicaca is 3,800 meters above sea level and (12,500ft). If you have not previously acclimatized in Cusco or elsewhere before your visit to Puno, there is a chance of suffering from mild altitude sickness during your first days in Puno. The main symptoms are headache, dizziness and nausea, although fatigue and insomnia can also occur. To avoid these symptoms, we suggest that when planning your trip and gradually adapt to the altitude, visit Arequipa or Cusco beforehand, on your first day in Puno, follow these tips:
    • Avoid strenuous activity
    • Avoid strenuous activity
    • Drink plenty of water (more than three liters per day)
    • Avoid alcohol or coffee. If you feel strong, then moderate consumption is generally fine.

    All hotels have oxygen and offer traditional coca tea, which is an ancient natural remedy to alleviate and prevent altitude sickness. If necessary, you can take the famous "soroche pill".

  • Security: The city of Puno is quiet and welcoming, you can walk through the city center without any problem, however we recommend you to walk until midnight 12:00 am. Most businesses accept credit cards so you do not need to carry a lot of cash. If you have small cameras or backpacks, carry them in front.
  • Electricity: All hotels have a voltage of 220V, however not all have transformers.
  • Crafts: If you are looking for a wide variety of handicrafts at a comfortable price, you can find them in the port of Puno. On the other hand in the main street (Lima) we can find shops of recognized brands throughout Peru where you will find the finest and beautiful samples.

TOURS