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Peru: Puno department

Peru: Puno department

Location: Southeast of Perú. 

Extensión: 71 999 km2 

Capital: Puno (3827 masl) 


Minimum: 820 masl (Lanlacuni bajo)

Maximum: 4725 masl (San Antonio de Esquilache)


Puno's department has a generally flat relief due to the fact that good part of its territory is in the plateau of the Collao, on the banks of the lake Titicaca. Towards the north Carabaya's mountain chain gets up and towards the south the Maritime or Volcanic mountain chain.


Culture & Traditions

The Charango | The sikuri



Puno is one of Peru's foremost tourist destinations and one of the most interesting spots on the continent.


Lake Titicaca

Located in the department of Puno, with a surface area of 36 180 hectares, the national reserve in practically its entirety covers the world's highest navigable lake.


Tourism Puno department

This is one of the most heavily-visited circuits in South America, not just because of the connections between the cities, but also for the many attractions in the region. 


The route starts out at Arequipa, a 50-minute flight from Lima or 14 hours by road (1,0003 km). The stopover in Arequipa, at 2,335 meters, will enable visitors to get used to the altitude, but above all take in sights such as the Cathedral and the Santa Catalina Convent, while the city outskirts features some beautiful countryside. From Arequipa, the road heads on to the town of Chivay (five hours), the gateway to the Colca Valley, which is littered with soaring volcanoes and breath-taking landscapes. Chivay offers a wide range of possibilities to tour the valley and reach the lookout point of Cruz del Condor, which grants visitors spectacular views of condors wheeling across the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest. Also worth a look-in are the nearby picturesque villages, which feature fine Baroque churches and main squares, authentic traces of their colonial past. Adventure sports lovers will also discover endless opportunities for hiking, climbing and rafting. 


The next stop on the tour, whether by train, car or plane, is Puno, 281 km southeast of Arequipa. Visitors can take boat trips across Lake Titicaca and visit the islands, which feature marvelous natural scenery, white sandy beaches, the unique fauna and flora of the highland plains and above all, the people and their traditions. 


From Puno, the train winds its way north to Cuzco, dubbed the archaeological capital of the Americas. The trip takes five hours by road. The city of Cuzco offers visitors endless possibilities for tourism. One interesting alternative is to tour the city's many churches and colonial buildings to take in the exquisite art forms which were the result of the encounter between native and Western cultures. Particularly striking are the oil paintings dating from the seventeenth-century Cuzco School. But Cuzco is above all an archaeological treasure, featuring temples, fortresses, palaces and other Inca buildings, including the citadel of Machu Picchu, held to be one of the wonders of the world. The area around Cuzco is also ideal for adventure sports of all kinds.