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Cultural Immersion Tours

Our cultural tours have been created to offer our travellers the opportunity to have an authentic look into the lives of indigenous Aymara and Quechua speaking Peruvians who continue thousands of year’s tradition. Most cultural tours include a homestay overnight. The longer you stay the more activities you can enjoy with them. A homestay in a remote community is a unique and special experience if well approached with a good tour guide and a responsible tour operator.

Adventure Tours

Adventure Tours

Ask us about some of our kayaking or hiking tours. We have a variety of adventure options to fit all ages and fitness levels, with low-impact options for those who desire. Many of these tours are a merge of adventure and cultural/educational experiences. Some of these tours take us off the beaten path to be inspired and energized in nature. Immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the clear blue waters and stunning landscapes.

Classic Tours

Classic Tours

Imagine you arrive in the floating islands and a very outspoken and age-diverse group of Uro people start singing for you in different foreign languages; Japanese, English, French or German. Would you hate it or love it?  Today the visit to Uros floating islands is the most controversial tour in Titicaca! It is all about the cultural interpretation of their modern reality! For more intimate and immersive experience check our cultural Puno tours.

Lake Titicaca is a large, deep lake in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru. By volume of water and by surface area, it is the largest lake in South America. Lake Titicaca is divided in two by the Peninsula of Copacabana: Lago Mayor (main lake) is the northern part and the Lago Menor (minor lake) or Lake Huyñaymarca is the southern part. Lake Titicaca has a surface elevation of 3,812 m (12,507 ft).

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Lake Titicaca, Uros and Taquile Full-Day Tour

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Colca Canyon Trekking 3D/2N & Transfer to Puno

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The Inca Trail Hiking & Trekking Adventure Tour

The Inca Trail Hiking & Trekking Adventure

Puno & Titicaca Islands Tour

Puno & Titicaca Islands

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Puno & Titicaca Islands, Semi-Private Tour Tour

Puno & Titicaca Islands, Semi-Private Tour

UYUNI FLATS & THE SUN ISLAND. THE TRIP STARTS IN PUNO: BUDGET 4 DAYS Tour

UYUNI FLATS & THE SUN ISLAND. THE TRIP STARTS IN PUNO: BUDGET 4 DAYS

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Peru Fascinating 6 days Tour

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The Best of Bolivia from Puno: Copacabana, Sun Island, La Paz, Uyuni Flats & All Lagoons - 5 DAYS Tour

The Best of Bolivia from Puno: Copacabana, Sun Island, La Paz, Uyuni Flats & All Lagoons - 5 DAYS

Lake Titicaca & Isla del Sol Catamaran Experience 4D/3N (Puno to La Paz) Tour

Lake Titicaca & Isla del Sol Catamaran Experience 4D/3N (Puno to La Paz)

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puno Brief Summary:

  • Puno is a small city located on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake situated at about 3,830m above sea level, in south-eastern Peru.
  • Situated at the Peruvian border with Bolivia.
  • Puno has been named the ‘Capital folklórica del Perú’ (folkloric capital of Peru) from the wealth of its artistic and cultural expressions, particularly dance.
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Flight to Inca Manco Capac Internacional Airport

Located in Juliaca, the airport receives flights from Lima, Arequipa, and Cusco, and is the fastest way to get to Puno. On arrival, take a taxi to the city which takes around 30 minutes.

On a public bus from Lima, it takes roughly 18 hours to reach Puno with no stops.

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Boat trip through Lake Titicaca

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Stay overnight on Amantani Island

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at over 3,830 meters above sea level! The lake connects Peru and Bolivia and the views here are spectacular. The city of Puno is the gateway to launch a visit out to the famous Floating Reed Islands of the Uros people. These are incredibly interesting manmade islands in the middle of the lake made entirely of Totora reed, on which the Uros people have managed to forge a subsistent lifestyle for centuries. With a full day tour or 2-day tour, you can sail further ahead to visit the remote islands of Taquile and Amantani. These islands were until recently closed to visitors. They retain many of the ancestral traditions and cultures and are renowned for their exquisite woven fabrics.

Don’t miss out on seeing a folk festival during your stay in Puno. Named the folkloric capital of Peru, Puno’s festivals will make you want to be a part of the artists and dancers.

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Puno, city in Peru

Puno is a city in southern Peru located next to Lake Titicaca, one of the largest lakes in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. The city is a regional commercial hub and is also considered the "folk capital" of Peru, for its traditional festivals with lively music and dance performances. Iconic sites include the Cathedral of Puno, an Andean baroque-style construction, and the 19th-century Yavarí steamboat (now a hostel).

What are the most popular attractions to visit in Puno?

  • Taquile Island
  • Uros Islands
  • Portal of Aramu Muru
  • Cerro Cóndor (Kuntur Wasi Viewpoint).

What are the best day trips from Puno?

  • Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island Full day
  • Uros and Taquile Islands by fast boat
  • Lake Titicaca day trip
  • Amaru Muro half day tour from Puno
  • Full day on Lake Titicaca including Uros Island from Cusco

Important data to keep in mind!

Rainy Season (November - March), rainy weather with a T-min. of 10C ° and a T-maximum of 21C ° the% of Humidity 56%. Low season (April - October), Dry climate with a T-min. of 7C ° and a T-maximum of 20C ° the % of Humidity 40%. Between the months of April to October, at night the temperature drops considerably, in the early hours of the morning the temperature rises gradually until after noon.

The altitudes shown below are represented in meters above sea level (masl), depending on the city in which you are located. City of Puno, altitude of 3852 meters above sea level Sillustani, altitude of 3850 masl City of Pucara, altitude of 3865 meters above sea level

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Puno is one of the most visited destinations in Peru. Despite its plateau geography that exceeds 3,800 meters above sea level, many tourists come there attracted by its beautiful landscapes, its immense ancient culture, its archaeological sites and more. The most famous tourist attractions in Puno are Lake Titicaca, the floating island of the Uros, the island of Amantani, the island of Taquile and the archaeological site of Sillustani. Learn more!

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Know the main tourist attractions of Puno and their prices . All tours are carried out in all-inclusive services, well organized and with the highest security. Thus the visitor will not have to make any additional purchase. Choose to visit Puno as you deserve!

The provinces and tourist attractions of Puno

Puno has a geography of mountains, plateaus and even the Amazon jungle . Know all the provinces of the Puno region and the tourist attractions that you can visit on your trip.

Everything you can do in Puno!

Puno is famous for Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world . In its waters you can carry out various activities from experiential tourism to cultural tourism or visiting archaeological sites. Learn about the activities you can do in Puno.

  • Archaeological sites – Puno is the cradle of the Inca civilization. Almost a thousand years before it was home to important ancestral cultures such as Tiahuanaco, the Collas or the Aymara ethnic groups. As a sample today you can visit important archaeological sites such as the chullpas of Sillustani, Pucará, Cutimbo and more.
  • Experiential tourism – Lake Titicaca is home to ancient peoples with a great cultural manifestation. On the floating islands of the Uros, in the community of Amantani or Taquile, the visitor can learn about the daily life of the Aymara peoples.
  • Amazing nature – The Puno region has the Andes Mountains, the Collao plateau and even high Amazon jungles. The most famous landscape is Lake Titicaca, whose waters are navigable and are at 3,812 meters above sea level. Puno also offers vegetation, snow-capped mountains, lagoons, and more.
  • Thermal baths – The geography of Puno is famous for hosting dozens of thermal baths, whose waters of natural origin have temperatures that reach 50ºC. or more. The thermal baths are a relief from the cold climate of the region. In addition, they have healing properties.

What tourist services should a tour in Puno include?

Puno offers different tourist services for half a day, one day, two days or more. All tours, if they are organized by a serious and formal tourism agency, offer comfortable and safe services that include hotel pick-up, transportation, professional guide, entrance fees, and more. The most famous tours include a visit to Lake Titicaca (tour to the island of the Uros, the island of Amantani and the island of Taquile) .

  • Pick up of the tourist from the door of his hotel.
  • Full tourist transportation (including motorboat transportation on Lake Titicaca).
  • Entrance to all tourist attractions .
  • Professional bilingual tour guide service (Spanish or English).
  • Food in local communities (in tours of one day or more).
  • Accommodation in tourist homes (for tours of more than 1 day).

The main tourist attractions of Puno

Puno is a region that receives about a million tourists a year . Its main tourist destinations are the islands and communities that inhabit the emblematic Lake Titicaca, such as: the island of Uros, the island of Amantani and the island of Taquile. Learn more about the main tourist destinations in the Puno region.

Cañon del Colca

Lake Titicaca

Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. It is also the highest navigable lake in the world. It is famous for its deep blue waters and clear skies. It is located at 3,800 meters above sea level. There is a diversity of flora and fauna.

Mirador de Yanahuara

The floating island of the Uros

The Uros are an Aymara community that have inhabited Lake Titicaca for hundreds of years on more than eighty floating islands (made of wild plants). The Uros are famous for their traditions, clothing and culture. They are only 7 kilometers from the city of Puno.

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Amantani Island.

Amantani is an island on Lake Titicaca that covers an area of 3.4 square kilometers and is located 4.4 kilometers from the Capachica peninsula (and 70 kilometers from the city of Puno). It is famous for the lifestyle of its population. There it is possible to carry out experiential tourism tours.

Volcan Misti

Taquile Island

Taquile Island is one of the Aymara communities that inhabit Lake Titicaca. They are located 45 kilometers from the city of Puno (belongs to the community of Amantani). It is famous for its viewpoints and the traditions of its inhabitants. The highest point of the island is 4,050 meters above sea level.

Questions and answers about the trip to Puno

Traveling to Puno is knowing the lifestyle of its inhabitants, surrounded by an incredible landscape. Lake Titicaca . Learn about the most frequent questions asked by visitors interested in visiting the ‘Capital of Peruvian folklore’.

What is the best tourist attraction in the Puno region in Peru?

Lake Titicaca is the main tourist attraction in the Puno region. There you can also visit the floating island of the Uros, the community of Amantani and the island of Taquile.

How high is Lake Titicaca?

The surface of Lake Titicaca is 3,812 meters above sea level. It is the highest navigable lake on the planet.

What are the tours that I should do on my visit to Puno?

If you visit Puno in Peru, it is best to take a half-day tour to the Uros island or the 1-day Uros and Amantani tour as well as the 2-day Uros, Amantani and Taquile tour.

How much does it cost to visit Lake Titicaca in Puno?

Lake Titicaca is a natural landscape that is free for all people. However, to visit it, it is necessary to get a boat or hire a tour through a tourism agency. The cost varies from 50 to 150 soles per tourist.

What is the weather like in Puno?

Puno has a cold plateau climate with moderate rainfall and sunny days, but with strong winds. The average temperature varies from -4ºC. up to 20ºC. The rains are more intense in January, February and March.

How far is Cusco from Puno?

Cusco and Puno are 387 kilometers away by road (7 hours and 30 minutes of travel).

What is the tour to Sillustani?

Sillustani is famous for its chullpas dating from the pre-Inca times (Colla culture). The chullpas were funerary enclosures of great importance. From there you have scenic views of Lake Umayo.

What clothes to bring to the visit to Puno?

If you visit Puno, take warm clothes with you for cold nights. During the day you can wear a windbreaker jacket with sunscreen, sunglasses, pants and comfortable shoes to walk around the islands of Lake Titicaca.

What are the typical dishes of the Puno region?

Puno is famous for its gastronomy with traditional dishes such as quinoa suck, fried trout, head broth, chairo soup, alpaca pork rinds, quinoa fish, puneño sancochado and pachamama.

What is the Ruta del Sol that connects Puno with Cusco?

The Ruta del Sol is a tour in tourist transport that connects the cities of Puno and Cusco (tour of approximately 10 hours). During the trip the tourist will be able to see tourist attractions such as Pucará, the La Raya pass, Raqchi or the church of the town of Andahuaylillas.

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The 7 best Puno tourist attractions: What to See and Visit

Let’s discover the charming places in the Folkloric Capital of Peru together. If you’ve already heard about the destinations this beautiful city offers, you’ll be surprised by this list of the 7 Puno tourist attractions . Certainly, the islands on Lake Titicaca, such as Uros, Taquile, and Amantaní, which fill Puno with pride and are highly visited by both domestic and foreign tourists, are on our list. But there is much more to delight in. Here, we mention some of those hidden gems. Unique and astonishing landscapes, overflowing culture, and real contact with warm people are just a sample of what Puno has for you.

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The Floating Islands of Uros

Uros Island

Let’s discover the charming places in the Folkloric Capital of Peru together. If you’ve already heard about the destinations this beautiful city offers, you’ll be surprised by this list of the 7 tourist places in Puno. Certainly, the islands on Lake Titicaca, such as Uros, Taquile, and Amantaní, which fill Puno with pride and are highly visited by both domestic and foreign tourists, are on our list. But there is much more to delight in. Here, we mention some of those hidden gems. Unique and astonishing landscapes, overflowing culture, and real contact with warm people are just a sample of what Puno has for you.

Taquile Islands

Taquile Island - Puno tourist attractions

If there’s one thing Taquile offers, it’s undoubtedly tranquility and an unparalleled view of Lake Titicaca. From the beginning, you’ll feel a sense of peace, and your eyes will truly be captivated by the landscapes that seem like a magnificent work of art. Approximately 2.5 hours from the Uros Islands, this island, known as Intika in Quechua, with more than 2,000 inhabitants, will welcome you. You’ll see locals creating beautiful textiles by hand that reflect their ancestral culture, which is well-known worldwide. From the port, you’ll need to climb up to the Plaza, a beautiful place to rest and enjoy. On the island, you’ll also find ruins from the pre-Inca era, accompanied by unique views of the world’s highest navigable lake. There are also places to spend the night where you can get to know the local people a bit better. If you want to stroll around the island, take beautiful photos with the arches along the way.

Amantaní Islands

Amantani Island - Puno tourist attractions

To the north of Taquile Island, with a population of around 4,000 people, this beauty will captivate you. If your goal is to have an enriching cultural exchange, Amantaní is the right island. You can spend the night there and share more with the local people, observing their daily lives, customs, and more. You’ll find dazzling mountains where the ceremonial centers of Pachatata (Father of the Skies), located on the summit of Cerro Coanos, and Pachamama (Mother Earth) on the summit of Cerro Llaquistiti, are located. During your visit, you’ll also see that the population is engaged in agriculture but also creates beautiful textiles that will catch your attention with their colors and designs reflecting their unique art. Boat trips, horseback rides, and participation in agricultural tasks are just some of the activities you can do on this island that will energize you.

Sillustani Chullpas

Sillustani Chullpas - Puno tourist attractions

Mostly visited on the route to Juliaca Airport, about 34 km from the city of Puno. The Sillustani Chullpas were built by the Kolla culture. Their tubular constructions (tombs), which number in the hundreds, where the remains of priests and rulers were found, will simply leave you amazed. The height of these capsule-shaped tombs averages 4 to 6 meters, but you’ll find some that are up to 15 meters tall, which will truly astonish you. The preservation of this funerary complex to this day is due to the construction materials used by this culture, such as stone, ashlar, and clay. And if you’re in Sillustani, you’ll surely reach Lake Umayo, which will captivate you from beginning to end. Mystery and beautiful landscapes await you on your visit to the increasingly visited Sillustani chullpas.

Inca Uyo – Chucuito

Inca Uyo – Chucuito - Puno tourist attractions

This archaeological site, considered of Inca origin due to its construction characteristics, means “Inca dwelling” in Aymara. Known as the temple of fertility, it is located in Chucuito (18 kilometers from Puno). It has a rectangular shape and thick walls, and it is presumed that the enclosure was part of a larger set of ceremonial buildings. What attracts the most attention are the stone phalluses found inside. There are more than 80 phalluses, some complete, which catch the attention of thousands of curious tourists who visit this place. The locals believe that if a woman sits on a phallus, she will be able to have children; according to them, there is evidence of this. If you go with a guide, you’ll hear various theories about this place. One of them is that the locals themselves brought these phalluses and planted them there to make it a tourist attraction and generate more income. The truth is that it’s a unique site that you shouldn’t miss visiting.

Tinajani Canyon

Tinajani Canyon - Puno tourist attractions

About 150 kilometers from the city of Puno lies Tinajani Canyon (3953 meters above sea level). This majestic place with impressive rock formations in the shape of animals and people will leave you more than amazed. It is said that this stone forest was once the bottom of a great lake, and the wind has carved these shapes over time. The enormous reddish rock formations will keep you entertained for a long time, but you won’t only enjoy being in the middle of this forest, but also the spectacular surrounding landscape. Rivers, springs, and the sky contribute to making the view even more beautiful. Additionally, you’ll see the Puya Raimondi crowning the mountains, which can reach heights of 3 to 4 meters. Without a doubt, this place will allow you to have an authentic connection with nature and is one of the gems we told you about. If you have time, we recommend spending more than one day in this beautiful place.

Aramu Muru - Puno tourist attractions

Known as the “Portal to the Universe” or “Willka Uta” (Place of the Sun or Gate of the Gods), Aramu Muru is located in an impressive rocky forest. It is a sandstone structure of pre-Inca origin that resembles a door (approximately 7 meters wide by 7 meters high). It is undoubtedly a mystical place that you must visit to experience what you’ll hear about. This eight-angled door, accompanied by tall depressions on its sides, has a legend behind it. It is said that the Inca priest Aramu escaped from the Spaniards carrying the solar disk stored in the Qoricancha, placed the disk in the center of the door, and disappeared from the place. Rituals are currently performed, so you may see people kneeling in front of this portal with their hands outstretched to absorb energy. Being in front of this dimensional door is truly a unique experience.

We hope your visit to this magical city is truly memorable. Visit Puno and live an experience to remember!

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A practical guide to exploring Peru

Machu Picchu might be its star attraction, but this south American favourite is hardly a one-trick pony, and visits here reward those who plan in advance.

Peru is one of South America’s most popular countries for foreign visitors, but planning a trip here remains hardly intuitive. This is a destination with landscapes ranging from a drenching rainforest to high-altitude peaks and desert coastal plains. Some of its attractions are blockbusters, making early booking essential — and the choice of tickets on offer can be confusing. While the tourist infrastructure is generally well developed, rural areas remain wonderfully traditional, meaning English isn’t always understood and cash still reigns. From when to book to what to pack, this quick guide will help you sort through the logistics.

Should I visit using a tour operator or independently?

Booking with a tour operator means you won’t have to worry about logistics, which can, at times, be complicated. If you’re travelling to Machu Picchu from Cusco, for example, a tour operator will take care of all legs of the journey, which includes a bus, rail and minibus ride. As larger suitcases aren’t allowed on the train, your operator will also look after your luggage should you want to overnight in the gateway town of Aguas Calientes before or after visiting the citadel. What’s more, it means you’ll have a guide with you at most times, which can really bring this storied country to life. That said, Peru — especially the south — is easy enough to visit independently, with a well-developed tourist infrastructure. Bus companies such as Peru Hop, whose services include hotel pick up and English-speaking guides, can make the logistics easier.

If I plan the trip myself, should I book every leg of the itinerary before I leave?

Cornerstone experiences such as Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail require advance booking, particularly during high season (June to the end of August). Reserve six weeks in advance for the former and at least six months ahead for the latter. Flights and accommodation should also be booked at least three months in advance during this period. Overland bus travel can generally be secured a day or two before departure, particularly in the north of   Peru, where there are fewer tourists.

Which Machu Picchu circuit should I book?

In 2021, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture implemented one-way visitor circuits at Machu Picchu to disperse traffic and, while pandemic-era restrictions are no longer in place, the system remains to help better distribute footfall and protect constructions. The circuits got updated on 1 June 2024, with 10 ticket types now on offer (some of which are only available in high season), combining different sections of the citadel with the mountains and sites around it. Circuit 1 is the only that gives access to the House of the Guardian, which offers the iconic pulled-back view of the site, while Circuit 2 is the most comprehensive — it takes in both the ‘lower’ and ‘upper’ areas. Circuit 3 only has access to the ‘lower’ structures but offers a more thorough visit of this area compared to Circuit 2. For more information on what each circuit includes, visit Ticket Machu Picchu .

What do I need to know about the Inca Trail?

There ‘classic’ route takes four days, starting at a trailhead near Cusco and ending at Machu Picchu, with entrance to the site though the ancient Sun Gate. Visitors must book a slot and hiking permit via a licensed operator, putting down a non-refundable deposit. These tour companies provide guides — it’s obligatory to have one — and porters to transport luggage and necessities along the way, as well as meals, energy snacks and technical equipment. Nights are spent at established campsites complete with rustic toilet facilities.

As the trail is exceedingly popular, the number of people allowed on the path has been capped to 500 per day, including guides, porters and other staff. Still, solitude can be elusive, so do expect to come across other groups on the way.The trail covers 26 miles in four days, and much of it is high-altitude trekking, crossing mountain passes that reach elevations of almost 14,000ft. Be sure to prepare and acclimatise sensibly. Shorter one- or two-day options are also available, as well as longer ones that pair the Inca Trail with other ancient paths.

How should I manage my money when travelling here?

In places such as Cusco and Lima, credit cards are increasingly accepted, but in rural areas and small restaurants, shops and B & Bs, cash is king. ATMs will generally charge a fee of between £5 and £10 for withdrawals, so it can make sense to take cash out in larger amounts. Use ATMs attached to banks, during daylight hours and with other people around.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

Few Peruvians outside of tourist hubs speak much English. Aside from helping you board the correct bus, knowing some basic Spanish can assist when it comes to haggling for a taxi or at the local market, where it’s common to try to knock a bit of money off prices.  

What do I need to take with me?

Spanning everything from bone-dry desert to the cool, rainy climate of the highlands and the humidity of the Amazon jungle, Peru’s terrain presents a unique challenge to visitors when it comes to organising your luggage. That said, basic packing principles apply: a lightweight rain jacket is essential for downpours in the Andes and the Amazon, while layers can help navigate both hot and cold climes. Hiking shoes are needed for treks, but if you’re heading into the Amazon, lodges should provide wellies for muddy jungle trails. Bring earplugs, an eye mask and warm clothing for bus rides; temperatures can either be glacial or sweltering.

Is the water in Peru potable?

No, as cases of giardiasis, caused by the giardia parasite, which lives in the water, have been reported. A water filter such as the Grayl Geopress will make tap water safe to drink by removing viruses and bacteria — and stop you from polluting and spending a small fortune on single-use plastic bottles.

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