Puno Travel Guide
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Member Reviews (17)
- PunoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 16, 2013
There is nothing exceptional about Puno. It's a very poor city and it's only safe for tourists on calle lima and the guided tours to lake titicaca and it's islands, but worth the trip.
- PunoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2May 07, 2013
A small city on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Narrow streets means fun on tuk tuks! Do not leave without visiting the floating villages. May be gradually getting more commercialized, but still an amazing way to experience local Peruvian culture.
- PunoMar 02, 2013
Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, is not a pretty city by any stretch of the imagination. Aside from being the gateway to the floating islands of Los Uros, there's also not much to "do" and "see" in this bigger-than-expected city. That being said, I absolutely loved my time in Puno! To me, more than gigantic Lima, second city Arequipa, a tad over-touristy Cusco or beach bums filled Máncora, Puno best examplifies what a Peruvian city has to offer: a certain gritty charm, wonderful food (if you bother to look beyond the restaurants in the city centers), and an extraordinary generosity of spirit from its people.
- PunoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 21, 2012
Main starting point for tourists looking to visit Lake Titicaca on the Peruvian side. In my opinion the more interesting part of the lake is on the Bolivian side. However, if you can make it to Bolivia or don't have the money for the tourist visa you should still try to visit the lake which is very lovely
- PunoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Oct 13, 2012
Not a horrible place, just not much to do. The floating islands are supposed to be cool, but I have still not been able to make it out there. Otherwise, it is like a mid-sized generic Bolivian town charging Peruvian prices. Might as well just go to Bolivia.
- PunoJul 04, 2012
Puno is a small town that is the gateway to Bolivia via Lago Titicaca. Being on the altiplano, it is bitterly cold and the sun incredibly strong because of the altitude. I came back from Puno with a pneumonia/bronchitis hybrid, so I’d advise any traveler to pick a hostel with guaranteed hot water and only shower during the day!
Candelaria is a major holiday in Puno and it’s held every year during February. It’s a festive parade of dancing, music, and costumes to celebrate the Virgin of Candelaria. I’ve only seen it on DVD, but it looks amazing and worth going to if you were planning a trip to the area around that time.
Most people take a bus from Cuzco to Puno, then take a ferry from Puno across Lago Titicaca to Copacabana, Bolivia. If you’re taking this route, you’ll probably purchase a full tour of the Peruvian side of Lago Titicaca, sleep on one of the islands, then cross into Bolivian territory. I lacked both time and the necessary documents for a Bolivian visa, so I did a half tour of the Floating Islands of Uros (which really do float and even have solar panels!) and then returned to Puno. If you plan on returning to Puno, make sure that you’ll be able to come back because if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, the boat won't be able to return, and you'll be stuck overnight on one of the islands.
Local folklore says that if you fall asleep by yourself on a bus or in a station, a witch can come by and steal your organs through your skin, and weeks later, you’ll die for apparently no reason! Beware!
- PunoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAdventure TravelersJul 04, 2012
Small town on Lake Titicaca. We took a night bus from Cusco to Puno and ordered an organized trip to floating islands. Don't suggest to buy the package, you will waste a lot of time waiting for the driver to pick you, he took us to some hotel where we waited from 6am till 9am and then he took us to the ship. You can do all this by yourself. Take taxi from the bus station to the pier and buy the trip there. Cheaper and will take less time.
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