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Seven Attractions to Visit in Puno, Peru

Puno, Peru is located in the southeastern part of the country at an elevation of somewhere between 3,810 meters and 4,050 meters above sea level. It is considered one of the highest cities in the country and the fifth highest in the world. Puno is home to a diverse array of tourist attractions. Here are seven we recommend:

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1. Kuntur Wasi Viewpoint


Southeast of the city, the Kuntur Wasi Viewpoint gives you a panoramic view of the whole region of Puno, Peru. To access the viewpoint, you can take the highway or walk the 620-step staircase. At the viewpoint sits a fascinating sculpture built in honor of the Andean condor.



2. Chullpas of Sillustani


The Chullpas of Sillustani are located in the district of Atuncoya, on the shores of the city of Puno, Peru. It is one of the largest and most imposing cemeteries in the Americas. The Chullpas are buildings that once served as funerary monuments. Each building rises to a height of about 12 meters. Their shape is unusual, with the base being narrower than the top.



3. Lake Titicaca


Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world with a maximum depth of 227 meters. A variety of birds and endangered fish call Lake Titicaca home. The lake plays an important role in Inca folklore. Legend has it that the first Incas, Manco Capac, and Mama Ocllo, the founders of the Inca Empire, first arose from this lake.



4. The Floating Islands of Uros


The Uros Islands are a set of floating islands inhabited by indigenous settlers whose main activity is fishing and hunting. The women of this tribe are well-known for their weaving skills and elaborate handicrafts.



5. Taquile Island


This island is located 30 km from the city of Puno, Peru and is distinguished by its large quantity of pre-Inca relics. The inhabitants of Taquile still preserve the customs and traditions of Inca times.



6. Bay of the Incas


Bay of the Incas is a pedestrian passage with a view of the sukankas, or intihuatanas that once functioned as solar clocks. The relics belong to pre-Inca times and, according to archaeologists, were used to indicate where sacrifices and ceremonial acts would occur.



7.- Remains of the Inca Uyo


These remains are located in Chucuito, 18 km from Puno. This place is part of what was once a Temple of Fertility created in Inca times. Puno, Peru is the country’s 3rd most visited city. Its wealth of customs and traditions, exemplified by the many different monuments located throughout the region, makes Puno a top tourist destination.



We encourage you to visit Puno for a memorable experience. If you’re interested in more information and pricing for the trip, please contact us or send us an email at info@explorandes.com and we’ll get back to you promptly.

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