Places to visit in Puno

Top Things to Do in Puno, Peru

Places to Visit in Puno

Top Attractions in Puno


What travellers are saying

  • Pamela B
    Homestead, FL36 contributions
    Came here on a tour with Exoticca (condor travel). Our tour guide Felipe was amazing. The boat ride through lake Titicaca was great. We arrived at the island and everyone was so welcoming. We walked the path taking in amazing views of the lake and surrounding areas. We ended our visit with a delicious lunch consisting of amazing quinoa soup and trout with veggies and potatoes. So good
    Written 22 March 2022
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  • Barry R
    London, UK8 contributions
    This archaeological site where is possible to appreciate this burial towers is very interesting the walk to the top is relatively easy and the landscape from the top is beautiful
    Written 18 December 2021
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  • Rhett Werknick
    Denmark3 contributions
    The Island, although it is floating and totally artificial, is solid and stable, they have built their village on it, they live there, they cook, they even have their school. The Uros live in a perfect community, while the men go fishing, the older women do their crafts and the young women cook, a good place to spend time
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • First L
    3 contributions
    What a place!!! Another very special place near Titikaka lake.... with so many legends and stories it can not be just a coincidence. We were by ourselves with no one else and we enjoyed the solitude. Being on other side of planet so far away from home I had a feeling my home is near and I felt very calm, peaceful and balanced...
    Written 6 March 2020
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  • Ian C
    21 contributions
    The steps are worth it for the great view of Lake Titicaca, and it only takes around 20-30 minutes to get here from the town. If you are in Puno and do not bother to go up, you are the one missing out!
    Written 13 June 2021
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  • Arcee_CO
    Wheat Ridge, CO1,064 contributions
    This building has an interesting history from the century before tourism discovered Puno. It was our first stop, since it was on the main plaza, one block from our hotel. Also as a cafe and bar you can sip just a coffee or a beer and not feel out of place. See separate reviews under restaurants.
    Written 18 August 2020
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  • Rafal W
    Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
    After short excursion to floating islands of Uros I still had several hours to departure so I'd decided to wander around the town of Puno. A cool morning gave way to a hot midday so slowly, without a rush, I climbed up the street in direction of local Plaza de Armas. I'd already noticed that nearly every town and city in Peru has its own main square or, to be more precise, parade ground, to which the city name was added. To be honest, I didn't expect to find such a huge edifice in place like Puno. Actually, Cathedral of Puno is located on the west side of the city, between Plaza de Armas de Puno and Parque Santa Rosa, Despite the weekend there was group of workers in the square cutting paving tiles and filling the whole place with noise and dust. But nobody seemed to care about it. The Cathedral was built in 18th century in Baroque style with two massive towers flanking the main entrance and little dome in the rear part of edifice. The facade of the cathedral facing the square is richly decorated with two niches on the both sides of main entrance that contains sculptures of saints or disciples, or perhaps evangelists, as both of them holds open books. The side entrances are also decorated with carved arches and cornices. Unfortunately, the door were closed so I couldn't check how the Cathedral looked from the inside. Still, it is the most impressive building in Puno. In my humble opinion.
    Written 13 April 2020
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  • Arcee_CO
    Wheat Ridge, CO1,064 contributions
    This compact, locally Sponsored museum effectively combines a collection of unique, original sculptures, artifacts and textiles from the Inca and pre-Inca Cultures in the lake Titicaca region. 20th century paintings by local collector Carlos Dreyer and others add a cultural aspect. Tickets cost 15 Soles($5 US).
    Written 6 February 2020
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  • billsaltjr
    aucknz50 contributions
    We took a taxi for 70 soles (booked through our hotel and I am sure you could get it cheaper) it is about 30 mins scenic drive south along the lake. The church in the main square was closed but we walked down to the left to a white arched communal area with fabulous lake views and photo opportunities.
    We then asked our driver to take us to the ruins of the Temple of Fertility as it was quite hard to find, back down towards the lake. This temple was quite different with its phalluses both entire and beheaded. It was only 5 soles entrance.

    We were lucky to see a funeral procession enter the lower church with accordions guitars and singing.

    We could have had lunch back in the square but weren't hungry so headed back to Puno. A gentle experience.

    We could have got a taxi one way and then a bus back which costs 2 soles.
    Written 28 April 2017
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  • Jennifer Johansson
    Fresno, CA15 contributions
    Set high up the hill, many locals advised not to visit the place and it was dangerous. However, i felt quite safe. It was quite a hike up through a fleet of stairs. The view from top is pristine. We worth visiting at day time.
    Written 13 April 2022
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  • deborahk3
    Maidstone, UK1,785 contributions
    Small, pretty, baroque-style cathedral situated on the main square in Puno. It was designed in the 18th century by the Peruvian architect Simon de Asto. The cathedral is honored to be the sanctuary of Puno's patron saint:Mamita Candelaria. It is also famous for carvings thought to bring together Spanish grandeur and Andean components. It is lit up at night, which highlights the cathedrals unusual facade. We only stayed in Puno for one night so didn't get the opportunity to explore the building or go inside as it is closed from 7pm.
    Written 17 July 2019
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  • JoniSBrown
    Charlotte, NC82 contributions
    Our view of Lake Umayo was from the peninsula that was home to the funeral towers of Sillustani. Peaceful and beautiful.
    Written 11 June 2019
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  • Deborah S
    Melbourne, Australia66 contributions
    The Luquina Chico community offers a homestay program which is a fabulous opportunity to live for a day with a local family who will dress you in their traditional clothing, feed you traditional food and help me you participate in their day to day activities.like sorting beans and leading sheep down to the lake. It's an amazing experience and highly recommended. Homes involved provide a comfortable private room with an ensuite bathroom and flush toilet so it's not too native for the squeamish. The only challenge is that the families have almost no English so it's worth learning some Spanish before you go.
    Written 8 September 2019
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  • Nick_shogatack
    Brussels, Belgium1,082 contributions
    The small park is the place where you will sit down and breathe a little bit in the middle of the city moves and pollution. A small heaven.
    Written 8 September 2019
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  • 1234texas
    Seabrook, TX2,257 contributions
    I had read all about the floating islands and was looking forward to this as a real exciting and interesting adventure. It is somewhat interesting (how they are built and maintained is enlightening), but not quite as spectacular as the surrounding area--it is beautiful!

    The boat ride out to the islands is very nice--great vistas and lots to see as you approach the islands. Seeing the boats dragging the reeds to build the islands is great, but I was upset to see them using an outboard motor to do the work....

    The natives put on a good show as they demonstrate and describe the trial and tribulations of living on the islands. Their native costumes (which you will be required to wear) is quite a colorful sight. They are happy people living a tough life.

    I could do without the "traditional: selling of the trinkets that they supposedly make, but it is what it is... The ride on the big reed boats is kinda fun.

    I enjoyed going out the real islands much more. However, you really do have to see the floating islands!
    Written 12 May 2020
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