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The department of Puno was once home to the great civilization of the Tiwanaku who were once the most advanced civilization of all the Aymara people. The area was conquered by the Incas in the 15th Century, and later by the Spanish Empire in the 16th Century. The capital city, also known as Puno, serves as magnificent evidence of the combination of cultures which have left their mark on the region. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca and is the folklore capital of Peru. The city's beauty is characterized by its location next to Lake Titicaca, as well as the colonial architecture which it contains. The nearby city of Juliaca is a transportation hub for the department. Nearby are the Chullpas de Sillustani a monument built by the Collas which is still perfectly preserved today. Lake Titicaca is home to the Uros, artificially made floating islands made of totora reeds. Titicaca National Reservation is refuge to many species of plants and animals, as well as breathtaking stretches of Lake Titicaca.
Puno Tourist Information
Puno was the territory of the Tiahuanacos (800 A.D. – 1200 A.D.) who were the highest cultural expression of the Aymara people that established themselves in what is today Peru and Bolivia. The Incas took over these lands in the fifteenth century, and the Spanish, attracted by the mining industry developed there, left an important Colonial legacy throughout the entire area.
Today, the city of Puno (3,287 masl), which lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, is the folklore capital of Peru and the site of the Feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria. In the outskirts, you can visit the spectacular Chullpas de Sillustani, a complex of impressive burial towers built by the Kollas, Juli, famous for its beautiful Colonial churches, Lampa with its vice royal church built between 1675 and 1685, Llachón, a community that still maintains its centuries old customs and cultural expressions, and Pucará, known for its pre-Inca pottery and for the “toritos de Pucará” that the artisans of today create from clay.
The lake contains numerous islands whose inhabitants continue to live as their ancestors have in custom and tradition. The Uros an example of this; this people group lives on “floating islands” that they have artificially made entirely of totora reeds, and they navigate in their traditional boats also made out of totora reeds. Taquile, Suasi, and Amantaní are knows for their kindness of their residents, their ancestral skill in weaving, their pre-Columbian constructions, and lovely countryside. The Titicaca National Reserve (36,180 hectares) protects extensive stretches of totora reeds and various species of plants and animals.
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Puno Useful information
altitude Capital: Puno (3827 masl / 12.553 fasl)
Lowest point:820 masl / 2690 fasl (Lanlacuni Bajo)
Highest point: 4725 masl / 15.498 fasl (San Antonio de Esquilache)
Weather The city of Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and its climate is cold and semi-dry. The rainy season starts in October and ends in April. The annual average maximum temperature is 14ºC (58ºF) and the minimum is 3ºC (37ºF) Access Route By land: Lima – Arequipa – Juliaca – Puno: 1324 km / 823 miles (18 hours by car)
By air: Regular flights to Juliaca from Lima (1 hour and 45 minutes, with a stop in Arequipa) and from Arequipa (25 minutes).
By train: Cusco – Puno: 384 km / 239 miles (10 hours)
Distances from the city of Puno: Juli (Province of Chucuito) 79 km (49 miles) / 1 hour and 20 minutes
Ilave (Province of El Collao) 54 km (34 miles) / 1 hour
Huancane (Province of Huancane) 99 km (62 miles) / 2 hours and 30 minutes
Lampa (Province of Lampa) 80 km (50 miles) / 1 hour and 30 minutes
Ayaviri (Province of Melgar) 137 km (85 miles) / 2 hours and 45 minutes
Moho (Province of Moho) 138 km (86 miles) / 3 hours
Putina (Province of San Antonio de Putina) 124 km (77 miles) / 3 hours and 30 minutes
Juliaca (Province of San Roman) 44 km (27 miles) / 45 minutes
Sandia (Province of Sandia) 272 km (169 miles) / 9 hours
Yunguyo (Province of Yunguyo) 128 km (80 miles) / 2 hours and 30 minutes
Azangaro (Province of Azangaro) 148 km (92 miles) / 2 hours and 15 minutes
Macuzani (Province of Carabaya) 255 km (158 miles) / 7 hours)
Airport Inca Manco Capac International Airport. Avenida Aviación - Urbanización Santa Adriana. Juliaca. Telephone: (051) 32-8974 / 32-2905
Attention: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Bus Station. Jiron Primero de Mayo 703, Barrio Magisterial, Puno. Telephone: (051) 36-4733. Attention: Mon. – Sun.8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Terminal Zonal. Avenida Simon Bolivar, Puno. Attention: Mon. – Sun. 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Puno Train Station Peru Rail Corporation.
Puno: Avenida La Torre 224, Puno. Telephone: (051) 35-1041 / 36-9179
Juliaca:Plaza Bolognesi 303, Juliaca. Telephone: (051) 32-1036.
Web site: http://www.perurail.com
Attention: Mon. – Fri.7:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.; Sat. – Sun. 7:00 A.M. -11:00 A.M.
Puno. Manuel Nuñez Butron National Hospital, Avenida El Sol 1022. Telephone: (051) 36-9696 / 35-1021 / 36-7777. Attention: Mon. – Fri. 7:30 A.M – 2:30 P.M.
Juliaca. San Roman. Carlos Monge Medrano Hospital, Kilometer marker 2 of the Huancane Highway. Telephone: (051) 32-1750 / 32-1131 / 32-1370. Attention: Mon. – Fri. 7:30 A.M – 1:30 P.M.
Local Police Station
Puno. XII Police Region. Jiron Deustua 530. Telephone: (051) 35-3988. Attention: 24 hours
Puno. Tourism Police. Jiron Deustua 558. Attention: 24 hourS
Juliaca. National Police of Peru. Jiron San Martin and Jiron Ramon. Telephone: (051) 32-2091. Attention: 24 hours
“San Jose Artisan Association” Craft Market
Calle Cahuide, Block 3. Opening hours: Mon. – Sun.8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
“La Cholita” Artisans Association
Pasaje Lima 550, 2nd level.Opening hours: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
“Tucuy Atipac” Handicrafts Center
Pasaje Lima 339, 2nd level. Opening hours: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
“Coriwasi Association” Craft Market
Calle Alfonso Ugarte 150. Opening hours: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.San Roman:
Original Folk Art Handicrafts Center
Inca Manco Capac International Airport, Juliaca. Telephone: (051) 32-2905.
Puno. Jiron Moquegua 269. Telephone: (051) 35-1141. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Juliaca-San Roman. Intersection of Calles Sandia and Ladislao Butron. Telephone: (051) 32-1391. Attention: Mon. – Sat.8:15 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Tourist Information Puno Transportation
Company name Contact Web Site / Email Empresa de Trans. y Turismo Express Internacional Sur Oriente S.C.R.Ltda (051) 36-5867 / 36-8133 Empresa de Transporte Turístico Panamericano S.C.R.Ltda (051) 35-4001 Empresa de Transportes Cisnes Express E.I.R.Ltda (051) 36-8674 Empresa de Transportes Destinos Express E.I.R.L (051) 36-6389 Empresa de Transportes El Sur S.C.R.L (051) 992-5552 Flores (051) 36-6734 Empresa de Transportes Libertad S.C.R.L (051) 36-3694 Expreso Cial S.A.C 051) 32-6255/ 50-1051 Ormeño (051) 368176 Expreso Internacional Tour Perú E.I.R.Ltda (051) 35-2991 Expreso Power E.I.R.LTDA (051) 36-3746 Expreso Sagitario E.I.R.Ltda. (051) 32-1519 Expreso San Román S.A (051) 35-2121 Expreso Señor de los Milagros S.C.R.L (051) 36-6590 Titicaca Bolivia Trans Internacional (051) 997-0177 Transportes Cromotex S.A.C (01) 424-7575 Cruz del Sur (051) 35-2451 Transportes Jacambus S.A.C (051) 36-4081 Transportes San Cristóbal del Sur E.I.R.L.tda (051)366020 Transportes Turismo San Martín E.I.R.Ltda (051) 36-3631 / 32-4090 Transportes Virgen de Copacabana S.R.L (051) 33-8091 Civa (051) 36-5882 Turismo Express Señor de los Milagros (051) 36-6590 Puno Cuisine
Typical dishes :
Among the typical dishes of the department, these stand out:
- Cancacho: roasted pork or lamb macerated in aji (hot pepper) and oil.
- Pesque de quinoa: mashed quinoa seasoned with milk and cheese.
- Chairo: Beef and lamb soup with potatoes, lima beans, squash, cabbage, chuño or dehydrated potatoes, wheat, and chalona or dried lamb.
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