Puno is located in southeastern Peru at an altitude of 3,810 to 4,050 m.a.s.l. It is the highest region of Peru and the fifth highest in the world. However, this isn’t the only interesting aspect of Puno. Thanks to its importance during the Inca empire and its diverse nature, there are a number of tourist attractions to visit while in Puno.
Currently, Puno is the third most visited region of Peru by tourists. Below, we share 5 reasons you too should pay Puno a visit during your next trip to Peru.
The Highest Lake
One of the central reasons tourist flock to Puno is for a glimpse of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,812 m.a.s.l. The lake has a total area of 8,562 square kilometers, of which 56% belong to Peru and 44% belong to Bolivia. The depth of Lake Titicaca is 108 square meters and is home to a wide variety of fish.
Kuntur Wasi Viewpoint
Located in the southeast of Puno, the Kuntur Wasi Viewpoint allows people to see the entire region of Puno from a panoramic perspective. To get to the viewpoint you’ll have to climb 620 steps but the view from the top is well worth it.
Chullpas de Sillustani
One of the largest and most imposing cemeteries in the Americas, the Chullpas de Sillustani are located at the foot of Puno in the district of Atuncoya. These buildings are considered to have served as funerary monuments. They rise to a height of 12 meters and have a peculiar shape with their base being smaller than the top.
Floating Islands of the Uros
Nearly 200 islands can be found on Lake Titicaca, many of which still maintain Inca customs. For this reason, it’s common for tourists to visit the Uros tribe of the floating islands of the Uros. During your visit, you can join the locals in their daily activities like fishing and weaving. This is a must-have experience during your visit to Puno.
Lake Titicaca serves an important role in Peruvian history and the Inca Empire. According to the legend, Lake Titicaca is where the Inca Empire was founded. Despite Lake Titicaca’s high altitude, the lake is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna. It’s the highest navigable lake in the world with a depth of 227 meters.
Visiting Puno is an enriching experience full of history, nature, and culture. In Puno, you can transport yourself hundreds of years into the past and live the experience of the Inca Empire. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Puno during your vacation in Peru.