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Puno to Arequipa04:3023:00BOOK NOW
Puno to Terminal Terrestre De Juliaca08:1522:30BOOK NOW
Puno to Juliaca08:1522:30BOOK NOW
Puno to Cusco06:4522:30BOOK NOW
Puno to Terminal Terrestre Arequipa04:3023:00BOOK NOW

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Arequipa to Puno05:4523:30BOOK NOW
Cusco to Puno06:4522:45BOOK NOW
Terminal Terrestre Arequipa to Puno05:4523:30BOOK NOW
Terminal Terrestre Cusco to Puno06:5022:45BOOK NOW
Desaguadero to Puno10:0020:30BOOK NOW

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.
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Travel tips for Puno

In Puno you can go by foot, in "colectivos" (a little bus) or by taxi. The low cost solution is the colectivo, but if you are in a group the taxi will also be a cheap option.-Take your time to rest and acclimatize.-Don't you eat heavy meals and drink a lot of water, coca and muña tea.-Wear warm clothes at night because the temperature descends to 37 °F (and on the coldest winters it can go under 32 °F).-Even if the city is very safe, we recommend you not to walk by yourself late at night, specially when you go out or come back from a party or celebration. Don't go alone!!-If you are going on a tour on the Titicaca lake, remember for safety that the boats don't leave after 4:00 p.m.-It's very cold, but the sun is intense and hurts the skin: have your sun cream close to you.-You should make a good program of the trip for you to enjoy it full. You can get to know Puno in 3 days, time enough to know the most important places of the city and the tourist attrac...tions of the surroundings. Those places are located at a maximum of 3 hours from the city, so you won't have difficulty to know all of them.-Don't you bring too much clothes, there you can buy everything you need to stand the cold climate of the city and surroundings as: sweaters, heater wool clothes, socks and hats; you will feel warm, you will be in fashion and you will have a souvenir to take home.-If what you look for is enjoying the nightlife in Puno, the Jirón Lima is your stop. There you will find numerous restaurants, pubs and clubs with live music and a good environment.-One of the twilights most beautiful and difficult to forget is the one that you'll see from the Amantaní island. If you go there, take a camera and good company with you.-Do not forget to take a look to the tourist calendar before travelling, because when there are festivals the prices ascend and the hotels are crowded. Be prepared for the bookings and buy in advance your tickets.
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Puno weather

Best time to visit Puno

The best period to visit Puno is in February, since it's the moment when the Fiesta de la Candelaria takes place, a colorful and joyful celebration. You will enjoy watching all the traditional dances that are shown.

Climate in Puno

The climate in Puno is very cold and semi dry, kind of tundra climate, there are moderate rains throughout the year. The average annual temperature is 47 °F (8,4 °C).

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 15 soles with shared bathroom
You'll have access to a shared kitchen, and simple rooms that are more or less comfortable.

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.