Nestled near the world-famous Lake Titicaca, Puno is Peru’s “folkloric capital” known for its traditional festivals. A haven for adventurous travelers, Puno grants access to fascinating archaeological sites and floating islands, while the town center reveals Baroque churches and a 19th-century steamship.
Things to do in Puno
Start your Puno holiday by strolling around the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire the colorful Casa del Corregidor, a 17th-century colonial home housing a small artisan store. Keep walking until you reach Jiron Lima, the city’s primary thoroughfare dotted with restaurants and bars.
Learn more about Puno’s past at the Museo Municipal Carlos Dryer, home to Puno-related archaeological artifacts and art, including mummies. You can also visit the Coca Museum to see traditional costumes and presentations highlighting the many uses of the coca plant.
Climb up the Cerrito de Huajsapata to capture panoramic views of Lake Titicaca and the city below. Snap a photo of Yavari, the historic steamship moored on the lake that has been turned into a bed and breakfast.
Take a day trip to the Uros Islands to explore the artificially-made islands created from native totora reeds. Marvel at the traditional homes on Amantani Island and gain insight into the local indigenous culture by watching the expert weavers on Taquile Island.
Getting around Puno
You can access Puno by flying into Inca Manco Cápac International Airport, located 53 kilometers away, while long-distance trains and buses also travel from Cusco. In town, the most convenient way of getting around is by taxi or auto rickshaw.