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About Puno

Puno is a small port city located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in southeastern Peru. The city attracts thousands of tourists from South America thanks to its proximity to the Bolivian border, and it is one of the most sacred places for the Mysterious Incas and has a view over Lake Titicaca where you can see many natural or artificial islands.

Puno was founded by the Spaniards in 1668 due to its proximity to the colonial silver mines, and it is still one of the cities that still maintain its centuries-long traditional lifestyle. Puno is famous for its folk dancing and also known as the capital of folklore in Peru. The city's dance festivals are very popular; more than 300 local dances descended from Incas and colonies represent the centuries-long rituals of the city. Fiesta de la Candelaria, one of the world's most colorful, dynamic festivals with its songs, dances and masks, is celebrated every year in February. The Puno Festival, where the Inca legend is celebrated with songs and costumes, takes place in the first week of November.

You can walk around the city without using any vehicle, which attracts people with its narrow streets and colorful atmosphere. Puno churches were built with its own colonial architecture. The Puno Cathedral built by the Spanish in the 18th century, the San Juan Church, the Las Mercedes Church are among the city's oldest churches to visit.  Other attraction points of the city are the Plaza De Armas, surrounded by government buildings, the Dreyer Museum with its artifacts and the Yavari Ship Museum. Titicaca Lake, which is the highest lake of the world, is a tourism income all by itself and it is worth seeing the locals with their colorful life and the floating bulrush islands with reed reefs. Although it is a city of a country located in the tropics, you may encounter a harsh climate as Puno is located quite above the sea level. The temperatures are 15 degrees according to the yearly average, and it may fall below zero degrees in winter. Puno is also one of the cities that you can prefer for shopping. Pullovers, scarves, socks, gloves are woven with the unique motifs peculiar to the region and sold at very reasonable prices.

The nearest airport to Puno city of Peru for landing is Inca Manco Capac International Airport. The airport in Juliaca is 48 kilometers far from the city center. You can transfer to the city by taking taxi or special services, or by renting a car.

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