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Information About Puno


According to legend, everything began in Puno when Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerged from Lake Titicaca to found the Inca dynasty.

In Puno, every breath of air you take will make you part of its history and the incredible natural landscapes that include majestic Lake Titicaca. Puno is famous for the hospitality of its people and the joyfulness of their festivities, dances and rituals. In Puno, traditions are expressed in celebrations that explode into fiestas every day of the year.

Puno, dominated by Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, is the capital of Peru’s folkloric tradition. Come and celebrate!

In Puno the sky can appear as close as the region’s people, those same people who live in and around Lake Titicaca in a unique coexistence best expressed in the ways of life continued by the island inhabitants of marvelous Uros, Amantani and Taquile.

In Puno, experiences float magically between water and sky and invite you to visit all you can while you’re there: the area’s colonial-era churches, Sillustani and its burial towers, the fiesta of Our Lady of Candelaria… and so much more.

Imagine seeing your reflection in the world’s highest navigable lake, as you witness the delightful dancing of local people. Could there be a better way to celebrate life?

The fairytale-like Uros Islands are made entirely from Totora reeds; the lives of the inhabitants of these artificial islands are entirely dependent upon the reed beds they live among.

Totora reeds were first used centuries ago to build these islands on Lake Titicaca by the Uros-Aymara families who made their home on the lake. The local people’s boats are also made from Totora reeds, and they use these vessels for fishing.

Even some of the islanders’ handcrafts are made from Totora reeds, and the friendly people of this community offer their work to visitors as a souvenir of their visit to this magical place.


  • 12 550 feet above sea level


  • 37 °F/Max. 57 °F