Puno Peru Description: Puno
is the capital of the province with the same name, has a population of
about 80,000. It itself is a small dusty town. Its claim to fame is its
location. It is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, at an altitude
of 12,421 feet. It is highly recommended you take it easy for a few days
to get used to the altitude. The altitude also makes for the extremes in
the climate in Puno. During daytime it can be very hot ( be very liberal
with sun block), but at night the temperature can drop below the freezing
point. The city itself may not be very interesting for travellers, but
the surroundings are magnificent. It and the area around it are the cradle
of the Aymara civilization and the legendary birthplace of the founders
of the Inca empire. Puno lies on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the world's
highest navigable lake, from whose waters the Inca believed Manco Capac,
their cultural founder, emerged. Many ethnic groups like the Uros still
depend on the the lake for their living. The Uros dwell on the floating
islands they build with the lake's reed vegetation. Near Puno, overlooking
Lake Umayo, are chullpas, or burial towers, that served as the tombs of
the Aymara Lords. Tours can be readily put together upon arrival at a very
reasonable price by your hotel.
here for 2 day cruises of Lake Titicaca from only $295 per person.
addition to our convenient on
line reservation form, if you prefer to make a reservation via phone
call us we are here to help. Our staff is from Peru and will help you make
the best choices for your trip.