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Puno is one of the most important cities in Peru, not only for its tourist attractions but also for the warmth of its people and its rich cuisine. It is undoubtedly one of the best tourist destinations to travel to.

About land transportation: In Puno, you can move around the city without much hassle as you will find a plethora of modes of transportation such as taxis, buses, trains, shared taxis, and even motorcycle taxis (3-wheeler motorcycles that run short distances in some parts of the city).

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November 4thSeptember, October, and NovemberArequipa, Cusco, Juliaca, Lima

About Puno

On the pre-Hispanic period, Puno was the settlement place of different human groups, who will finish being part of the first settlement of the Pucará culture. During this period, there were built big constructions of pyramidal shape. This kind of monumental architecture was peculiar of the Pucará and Tiahuanaco cultures, which also shared the territory. With the disappearance of the Tiahuanaco, during the 12th and 13th centuries, different kingdoms were born: Kollas, Lupacas and Pacajes.When the colonial period started, on the 15th century, Puno started its transformation into a inhabited center of commercial exchange, that little by little would be enriched with the multiculturalism of its visitors. This growth continued until half the 18th century, because Puno had taken relevance for being a mining settlement and a crossing territory between the most important cities of the region. In 1776 Puno ended being part of the viceroyalty of Peru, starting to being part of the viceroyalty of Río de la Plata, although it integrated again to Peru in 1796.On the Republic period, on the 19th century, the population of Puno was over the 6000 residents and the commercial development turned around different activities, as the agriculture and the textile, between other new industries. The University San Carlos de Puno was also founded, what motivated a bigger development of the culture, what favoured the new urban configuration that the city was taking.Nowadays Puno is a relevant city for the economic growth of the country, besides being considered the cultural capital of Peru. The tourism has grown quite a lot the last years, motivating the construction of an adequate infrastructure to receive the new visitors that each year come to 300.000 people.

Bus Companies in Puno


Address: S/N 1 de Mayo Street, Puno Bus Terminal, Puno

Telephone: 051-365-882

Civa is one of the most popular bus companies in Peru, offering routes throughout the whole country. From Puno, you can find destinations like Desaguadero, Juliaca, Lima, among others, on its Econociva, Superciva, and Excluciva services.


Address: Interception between Victoria Street with Costanera Avenue

Telephone: (051) 353822

Transzela is a bus company established in Juliaca, Puno. For that reason, Transzela's main routes travel through the south of the country, offering departures from Puno to Cusco, Arequipa, Juliaca, and many more.

Most Popular Routes from Puno

Puno to Arequipa: It is a route that connects two important destinations on the Peruvian southside. The travel time is 6 hours approximately. You can travel from Puno to Arequipa with Transzela, Sur Oriente, and Turismo Puma.

Puno to Cusco: Traveling t o Cusco from Puno by land is very easy. Being Cusco one of the most popular cities to travel to, finding bus tickets from all cities is simple. From Puno, you can travel to Cusco with Transzela, Turismo San Luis, and Turismo Libertad, among others. The travel time is approximately 7 hours.

Puno to Juliaca: Connects two of the most important cities of the Puno region. Due to the commercial and touristic relevance between the two cities, finding bus tickets any day of the week is very easy, with rates from 50 soles.

Most Popular Routes to Puno

Arequipa to Puno: Travel to Puno from Arequipa by land. There is a wide variety of operators, services, and rates that can meet your expectations. You can find bus tickets at rates from 40 soles.

Cusco to Puno: Thanks to the popularity of this route, finding buses that depart from Cusco at various times a day The travel time is approximately 7 hours.

Juliaca to Puno: The Juliaca to Puno route is very important due to the commercial, touristic, and business relations on the reigon. You can reach Puno from Juliaca on a 1 hour trip.

Travel to Puno

Buses in Puno are a great way to visit and discover Peru as they are cost-effective and present a comfortable way of traveling. A high number of popular locations in Puno are easily accessible due to its state-of-the-art road network.

The things to do in Puno

Puno is a city in the south of Peru, located at the shores of the Titicaca lake (considered the biggest of the world). Puno is known as the folkloric capital of Peru for being the place where converge different cultural expressions of the region, characterised for the variety of dances.You can make a tour through the lake and the closest islands (that are ...41 in total). The people of the islands are called "uros", an ancestral Andean community that live there and maintain them.If you wish to take a traditional coffee, you only have to ask the locals, because there is only 1 or 2 places to do it. But it worths the effort to look for them, they have inviting terraces and a good view of the city (and the lake).
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Accomodations in Puno

Hospedaje Q'oñi Wasi
Location: 135, Avenida La Torre
Price: From 45 soles with shared bathroom
You'll have access to a shared kitchen, and simple rooms that are more or less comfortable.
Hostal Virgen de las Nieves II
Location: 1Titikaka 156, Puno
Price: From 53 soles
Comfortable beds and private bathroom.

Important dates in Puno

Fiesta de la Candelaria(From January to February)For about 2 weeks, the city of Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, transforms into the folkloric capital of the Americas. On the principal day, the Virgen is carried in a procession, alongside more than 200 musical bands with just as many dance troupes adorned in colorful costumes that dance throughout the entire city and later compete for prizes in the local stadium.
Fiesta de Alasitas y las Cruces(May 3rd and 4th)The Fiesta de las Cruces (Crosses festival) coincides with the International Festival of Alasitas. In the first festival mentioned the people celebrate the first trunk where Christ was crucified. During this festival there are masses, processions and the Alasitas Fair. This fair is famous for the handmade miniatures which represent from cars to houses; those objects are also included on the way of the cross procession, with the purpose that they are blessed by the saint presence. Those little pieces of the local handcrafts are also beautiful decorative elements, not to be missed by the collectors, even if you are not a believer of the rituals for attracting wealth.
Anniversary of the Founding of Puno(November 1st to 7th)To celebrate Puno's anniversary there are dance exhibitions in the streets and other civic activities. On Nov. 5th there is a play about the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerging from Lake Titicaca, and the mythical couple's search for the land upon which to found the Incan Empire.


Do I need to make an account on the redBus website to book a bus?
No, you do not need to make an account with redBus to book a ticket. But, it is advisable to make an account to help speed up the booking process the next time you need to book a bus ticket. redBus offers a number of discounts and offers as well and you can easily avail these offers if you are registered with redBus.
What is an M-Ticket?
An M-Ticket is the virtual replacement of your bus ticket printout. An M-Ticket is an SMS that’s sent to your registered mobile number the moment you have successfully booked a bus ticket on the official website of redBus. The M-Ticket will basically contain details of your bus ticket such as timing, pick-up and drop-off points, vehicle registration number, PNR, and TIN numbers as well. The M-Ticket procedure has been an eco-friendly initiative employed by redBus to help reduce the amount of paper being used.
How do I book my bus ticket at Puno?
You can either visit the bus operator counter of your choice or you can visit the official website of redBus. The user-friendly and interactive website offers a step-by-step process of booking a bus ticket in a matter of minutes. The site offers a lot of useful information such as bus timings, fares, pick-up and drop-off points, and much more.
Is it safe to use my debit or credit card to book a ticket on the redBus website?
redBus has invested a lot to ensure that their customers are protected at all times and not just during their journey. redBus hosts a secure platform where transactions can be made safely. With over 180 million satisfied users, history should tell you exactly how secure it is to make a payment through the redBus website or app.
What is the best time to visit Puno and Lake Titicaca?
The best time to visit Puno and Lake Titicaca is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. During these months, the weather is more stable and there are fewer chances of rain. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to witness some traditional festivities and celebrations.
What is the altitude of Puno and what precautions should I take?
Puno is located at an approximate altitude of 3,800 meters above sea level. It is important to take precautions due to the altitude. It is recommended to rest during the first few days, stay hydrated, avoid intense physical exertion, and consult with a doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.