Puno Peru: Our 2017 detailed guide from how to get there, where to stay, how to book Lake Titicaca and more!
Puno, Peru Brief Summary:
- Puno is a small city located on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake situated at about 3,830m above sea level, in south-eastern Peru.
- Situated close to the Peruvian border with Bolivia.
- Puno has been named the ‘Capital folklórica del Perú’ (folkloric capital of Peru) from the wealth of its artistic and cultural expressions, particularly dance.
Below we have created our extensive guide to Puno based on our expert local knowledge having helped to transport over 30,000 tourists here since our formation in 2013.
Puno Guide Contents:
1. How to get to Puno – Compare transportation options.
2. Tours and Sightseeing in Puno – A list of the most popular activities for travellers.
3. Must see in Puno – The sights you cannot miss.
4. Puno safety tips – Safety issues to be aware of.
5. Where to stay in Puno – The best hotel/hostel options.
6. Photo Gallery – A few of the best photos of Puno.
How to get to Puno
How to get to Puno:
- Flight to Inca Manco Capac Internacional Airport
- Public bus
- Peru Hop bus
Located in Juliaca, the airport receives flights from Lima, Arequipa and Cusco, and is the fastest way to get to Puno. On arrival, take a taxi to the city which takes around 30 minutes.
On public bus from Lima it takes roughly 18 hours to reach Puno with no stops.
Peru Hop offers bus passes to Puno from Cusco, Lima, Arequipa or Bolivia. These bus passes are hop on hop off and include stops along the way.
Must do in Puno
Must do in Puno:
- Take a boat trip through the highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca.
- Stay overnight on Amantani Island.
- Kayak on the highest navigable lake in the world.
- Shop at the weekend market in Puno.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at over 3,830 meters above sea level! The lake connects Peru and Bolivia and the views here are spectacular. The city of Puno is the gateway to launch a visit out to the famous Floating Reed Islands of the Uros people. These are incredibly interesting manmade islands in the middle of the lake made entirely of Totora reed, on which the Uros people have managed to forge a subsistent lifestyle for centuries. With a full day tour or 2-day tour, you can sail further ahead to visit the remote islands of Taquile and Amantani. These islands were until recently closed to visitors. They retain many of the ancestral traditions and cultures and are renowned for their exquisite woven fabrics.
Must see in Puno
Must see in Puno:
- Witness a folk festival.
- Go and see the Sillustani burial towers.
Don’t miss out on seeing a folk festival during your stay in Puno. Named the folkloric capital of Peru, Puno’s festivals will make you want to be a part of the artists and dancers.
Puno safety tips
Puno safety tips:
- Bring sunblock and a hat, but also bring thermals and warm clothes as temperatures can be freezing.
- Never carry your passport/credit card unless 100% necessary.
- Avoid using ATM machines at night.
Where to stay in Puno
Where to stay in Puno:
Below are some of the most popular places to stay in Puno. Remember that all Peru Hop passengers get special discounts and prices. For more information see our hotel/hostel discounts page.
Description: Mid-range option just half a block from main plaza.
Facilities: Private rooms, breakfast included.
Issues: On weekends it can be noisy due to the nightclub located behind the hostel.
Excellent for: Those looking for private rooms in central location.
How to Book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Comfortable rooms, social living room area, great view of the Lake from the top rooms.
Facilities: TV room, good Wi-Fi, TV Cable, hot water, buffet breakfast included.
Excellent for: Backpackers looking for a nice comfortable place to relax.
Issues: Limited availability.
How to book: Email email@example.com
Overall, Puno is a must if you wish to experience the wonders of Lake Titicaca. Don’t skip out on what this underrated city has to offer.