Jr. Independencia Nº 132 – Cercado - Puno - Peru

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Top Tourist Destinations in Puno City

Puno region due to its strategic location (Cusco – Puno – La Paz), the presence of pre-Inca cultures, Incas and vestiges of the Viceroyalty; coupled with countless attractions of natural character (Lake Titicaca, lakes, rivers, jungle, flora, fauna, etc.), archaeological ruins, colonial churches and its rich and varied folklore (known as the “Capital of the Peruvian Folklore”). The development of its tourism potential, coupled with an aggressive tourism promotion, he would remain an important destination in terms of inbound tourism in the country.

It has a variety of tourist attractions, which can be summarized in 5 main:

Puno City.

It is the tourist center of the region where the other tourist areas start; famous for the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria (February 2), its main attractions are:


  • Puno Cathedral. With the rank of minor basilica, built in the eighteenth century.
  • Iglesia San Juan. Inside is the venerated Virgen de la Candelaria.
  • San Antonio de Padua church. Is the image of the Lord of Miracles.


  • Parade ground. the monument is Francisco Bolognesi.
  • Pino Park. the monument to Manuel Pino, hero of the war with Chile is.

Other attractions:

  • Balcony of the Conde de Lemus. It is said that the Viceroy stayed Conde de Lemus in this house.
  • Dreyer Municipal Museum. It has collections of gold and silver, pottery, weaving.
  • Cerrito de Huajsapata. the monument is Manco Capac, you can see Lake Titicaca.
  • Arco Deustua. Built in memory of the Peruvian patriots who fought in the battles of Junin and Ayacucho.
  • rock art in Salcedo. It is 4 Km. from Puno.
  • San Luis de Alva. Source located 5.2 km. Away in direct line from the Plaza de Armas.
  • Esteves island. A 2 Km. From Puno, is a tourist hotel.
  • Colegio San Carlos. Pino Park building, built in 1851.
  • Kuntur Wasi. tourist viewpoint where you can see Puno bay.
  • Puma Uta. You can observe Puno Bay (northern part).


Uros floating islands.

It is 6 km. from Puerto Lacustre of Puno.

They maintain the tradition of artisanal fisheries, especially carachi and silversides. When fishing is abundant conserve the fish drying in the sun. Also they engaged in the hunting of wild birds and collecting eggs pato.11

The men are skillful builders and drivers of reed boats (called Totora horse by the Spaniards) and women are expert weavers. In the early twenty-first century they have directed their activities to tourism. They have become a must in the path of tourists passing by Puno point. The main working element of the Uros is the cattail. They were contemporaries with camanchacos.

Taquile Island.

Located 35 Km. From the city of Puno, divided into 6 yours.

Taquile’s story goes back to the pre-Inca times. Indeed, there are burial towers at that time at the top of the hill called “the island”, built entirely of hewn stone. These take the form of small rectangular rooms, and entrance, contrary to the tombs of Sillustani are spacious and allow the entry of a person standing.

Taquile also has a radio station that runs on generators, however the locals have decided not to use them and opt for solar panels. A curious fact is that within the island does not dwell any dog.

Amantaní Island.

Located 38 km. From the port of Puno.

The population is approximately 800 families spread over 8 communities of Santa Rosa, Lampayuni, Sancayuni, Alto Sancayuni, Occosuyo, Incatiana, Colquecachi and Villa Orinojón1 more people. Their main livelihood is farming; produce potatoes, oca, barley and beans; sobresalesn activity in livestock cattle and cattle. Its textile activity is similar to that of Taquile, both in variety and design. Due to the existence of granitic rock in the hill Llacastiti activity it has developed cutting and carving utensils for daily use and decorative elements in the construction.