Puno Destinations & Puno Tourist Attractions give a complete information of Puno Travel and Tourist destinations; You will find general information on each tourist attractions and seeks to promote the natural, archaeological, historical and cultural attractions of Puno.
Puno capital of the same name, is located at the southern tip of Peru on the Altiplano, or high plateau, of Collao. Puno’s altitude is 4,000m (13 124 ft) above sea level.
Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Peru shares the region with Bolivia, as evidenced by the strong cultural interchange occurring between Puno and its neighboring country. The highest navigable lake in the world, Puno is a city of modest appearance fitting well into the sparce landscape surrounding it.
The city of Puno is called the folk capital of Peru, as it displays the multiple cultural expressions of the people of the Altiplano in such dances as the diablada and the morenanda or sikuri, and dances to the music of instruments such as sikus, quenas, tarkas, charangos, and pinkullos.
These are only some of the many tourist attractions for visitors to this small, andean city with its ancient churches and long traditions. Ica Peru tourist Attractions is a good option if you visit the coast of Peru.
Puno Tourist Attractions:
Lake Titicaca Peru
This is the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface area of 8,300 km², a length of 197 km (938 ft), an average width of 50km and a maximum depth of 287 m, Peru and Bolivia share the Lake Titicaca. Legends tell of how Manco Capac and his wife, Mama Ocllo, emerged from its dark waters to found the empire of the Incas.
Today, the lake is a important trade route for the communities on its shores and area of great tourist potencial. Lake Titicaca Peru is also a refuge for the wildlife of the high Andes, as many species of resident and migratory birds, several native species of water plants and others species that are economically important to the region are protected in the Titicaca National Reserve for this reason the Lake Titicaca is an important tourist attractions in Puno.
Uros Floating Islands
Uros Islands is located 25 minutes from the city of Puno by boat, 3850 above sea level (12 494 ft). Their residents are Aimaras who have inherited the customs and way of life of the long-gone Uros. The legend tells that the members of this ancient community, who disappeared sometime in the 1950s, had black blood flowing in their veins and none of them could drown or feel the cold. Their livelihood is based on the benefits of a unique plant; the totora reeds that grow in the lake shallows.
Uros People use it to build their homes, boats and even the floating islands they live on, periodically adding new layers of reeds, walking on them feels like walking on a big waterlogged sponge but they are sturdy, Totora reeds is a source of food for man and animals, a refuge for their hunting quarry and a vital tool for everyday activity.
Taquile island is located 4 hours and 35 km from the city of Puno by boat, Taquile island is unique because its brown dusty landscape contrasts with green terraces, bright flowers, and surrounding blue waters.
Although it located in an almost Aimara region, however its in habitants speak Quechua. Taquile is 7 km long and has several hills and many archeological ruins. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the people of Taquile is their solid sense of community.
Heirs of Taquile ancient, commune like system called Ayllu, the people of Taquile offer rural tourism where you will have an opportunity to share in their customs and way of life.
Amantani Island is located 4hours 30minutes and 45 km from the city of Puno by boat, and 30 minutes from Taquile Island by boat. Amantani Island has pre-Inca constructions dedicated to the earth’s fertility, and a larger mainly agrarian society, this island has a lovely landscapes and a community organized like that of its neighbor.
It is less visited, making it attractive to those seeking peace and quite. The people of Amantani island offer rural tourism where you will have an opportunity to share in their customs and way of life.
Sillustani is located northwest of Puno, 34 km and 40 minutes from Puno on paved highway to Juliaca. lake Umayo is the necropolis of Sillustani. It contains tha famous Chullpas (tombs), round burial towers built of stone, some standing as tall as 12 meters (39 ft).
They were used by the Collas and later by the Incas. Lake Umayo, in front of the archeological site, only adds to the beaty of the place, especially at sunrice.
Around of Sillustani Tombs you can see some waru- waru, the artificial hillocks of earth designed for protecting crops from frost and floods. Sillustani is also a good place to observe wild guinea pigs, birds and other wildlife of the high Andes.
The department of Puno is without doubt, one of the most beautiful places of the Altiplano, and a side from wonderful lake Titicaca, the region is famous for high Andes landscape , You can see tours for this Tourist attractions in our web site www.machupicchucuscotours.com let's go to Puno.