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It is odd to arrive at an international port that is over 3,860 metres high. But that is how high Puno is located. This small town has an odd mixture of international port, tourist centre and Andean meeting place. Being the only easy way to access Lake Titicaca on the Peruvian side the town attracts many tourists. Although the lake is the main draw there are also some nice hikes to be found just outside of town and the main shopping street has several nice restaurants. The town was founded in 1668 and several of the churches around town date back to the 18th century and are worth a visit.
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Inca Manco Cápac International Airport (IATA: JUL, ICAO: SPJL) is the nearest airport to Puno about an hour away in Juliaca. It has regular daily flights to Lima with LAN Peru, Star Peru and TACA Peru. Except for the latter one, they fly to Cusco as well, and LAN flies to Arequipa. It is possible to arrange flights in Puno at the different airline companies. It is also possible to arrange taxis and share taxis to the airport from Puno at any of the travel agency's in town for a reasonable cost.
It is possible to take the tourist train to and from Cusco. It departs Puno at 8:00am daily and arrives at Cusco at 6:00pm.
Remember if arriving by bus from any direction it will go over several mountain passes that are very high and cold year round. If traveling during the winter some of the 1st class bus companies have been known to forget to turn on the heat. Always brings extra warm clothes on the bus with you or a sleeping bag just to make sure you don't have the coldest bus ride ever.
It is possible to take a ferry over to Bolivia from Puno but most people take the bus because it is cheaper.
There are several restaurants of varying degree on the main shopping street off of the cathedral square. Some of these places feature great alpaca dishes including amazing kabobs!
|Bothy Backpaker Hostel||Giron Iquitos 136 (Getting there: Iquitos with Pardo St)||Hostel||68|
|Camino Real Turistico||Jr Deza 328||Hotel||73|
|Conde de Lemos Inn||Jr Puno 675||Hotel||86|
|Hostal Don Victor||Jr. Melgar 166||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Maria Angola Inn||Calle Bolognesi N€190 Calle Zela N€277||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Tawantinsuyu Puno Park||Puno||Guesthouse||82|
|Hotel El Buho||Jr.Lambayeque 142||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Europa Puno||Jr.alfonso Ugarte 112||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Qalasaya Puno||Jr. Grau 240||Hotel||-|
|Inka's Rest||Pasaje San Carlos No 158||Guesthouse||79|
|Intiqa Hotel||Jirón Tarapacá #272||Hotel||81|
|Qelqatani Hotel||Jr. Tarapaca 355||Hotel||84|
|Sillustani Hotel||Jr. Lambayeque 195||Hotel||-|
|Taypikala Hotel & Spa||Carretera Panamericana Sur Km 18, Chucuito||Hotel||-|
|America Inn||Jr. El Puerto||Hostel||-|
|Mosoq Inn||Jr. Moquegua Number 673||Hotel||-|
|Samana Inn Puno||Jr. Azoguine 202 Manco Capac||Guesthouse||-|
|Puma Backpackers Hostel||Jr. Antonio Arenas 150||HOSTEL||80|
|Marlon's House Puno||Av. La Torre 449||HOSTEL||-|
|Pirwa Backpackers Hostel Puno||La torre ave. #492||Hostel||-|
|The WalkOn Inn Puno||Jirón Deustua 901||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Helena Inn||Jr. Ayacucho 609||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|El Manzano||Av. El Puerto 449||Guesthouse||80|
|San Antonio Suites||Jr. Huancane No 430||HOTEL||84|
|Royal Inn Hotel Puno||Jr. Ayacucho 438 20 meters de la Plaza de Armas||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Colon Inn||290 tacna street Puno Peru||Hotel||-|
|Punuypampa Hotel||Calle Lima 787||HOTEL||-|
|Ollanta Inn||Jiron ILO E-1 (2da. cuadra Jiron los Incas)||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Yavari Ship Bed&Breakfast||Muelle del Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca||Guesthouse||-|
|La Casa de Manuelita Inn||Jr. Coronel Barriga 466||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Kuntur Inn||JJiron Ayacucho 708 (Parque San Antonio) Barrio San Antonio||Hotel||-|
|Lucky your House||Av Titicaca 144||HOSTEL||83|
|Inti Backpackers||Av. la Torre 137||HOTEL||-|
|Huchuy Wasi Hostal||Jr. Iquitos 186 - Puno||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Maison del Lago||Jiron Lambayeque 140||HOTEL||-|
|Rubi Puno||Jiron Cajamarca 154||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Embajador Puno||Jr. Los Incas N° 289||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal Internacional||Libertad Street 161||HOTEL||-|
|Q'anan Pacha||Q'anan Pacha Uros Floating Island Street Lima 110||CAMPSITE||-|
|Cordelius Turistico||JR Tacna N 963||HOTEL||-|
|Quechuas Backpackers||Calle Santiago Giraldo N� 177||HOSTEL||-|
|Casona Plaza Hotel||Jiron Puno no 280 esquina con Jiron Arequipa||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Balsa Inn||Jr Cajamarca n. 555||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Ciudad Del Lago||Jr. Conde De Lemus 120||HOTEL||-|
|Aymarak Hostel||Ma�azo Circunvalacion Sur 135||HOSTEL||-|
|Posada Santa Barbara||Calle glorieta 115||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tayka Hostel||Ayacucho 517||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostal Arco Deustua||Jr. Independencia 301 Jr. Santiago Giraldo 164||HOTEL||-|
|Plaza Mayor***||Jr. Deustua 342||Hotel||-|
|Huchuy wasi Hostel||Jr. Iquitos 186||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Jumbo House||Jr. Independencia # 437||HOTEL||-|
|Plaza Mayor||Jr. Deustua 342||HOTEL||-|
|La Casa de Manuelita||Jr. Coronel Barriga 466||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Spa Warynayra||JR Tarapaca 108||HOTEL||-|
More and more hotels, resorts, airports, cafes, and retailers are going Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity), becoming "hotspots" that offer free high-speed Wi-Fi access or charge a small fee for usage. In Peru, by far the easiest way to check your e-mail and surf the Web is to drop in at the Internet cabinas (booths) that can be found in virtually every city and even small towns. Connections are usually fast, and the service is as little as S/2 per hour.
Aside from formal cybercafes, most youth hostels and many hotels nowadays have at least one computer with Internet access.
See also International Telephone Calls
Peru's country code is +51. Emergency numbers include 105 (Police), 117 (Ambulance) and 116 (Fire).
In all towns and villages that are not too small, it is no problem to find public telephones for national and international calls. Many public phones can be expensive, and an attractive alternative is a Locutorio, or "call-center". Typical rates include .2 Nuevo Sol/minute for calls in the country, and .5 Nuevo Sol/minute for most international calls. Phone cards are cheap and easily available from shops or vendors who hang around pay phones. You'll often see people with a bundle of mobile phones who act as pay phones, they'll be shouting 'llamadas'. Telephone booths are primarily used for making local calls. Calling to other countries from Peru is expensive.
If you have an unlocked cell phone you can buy local SIM cards. Movistar and Claro are two of the phone companies in Peru. You can buy your sim card from these companies and buy a phone card also.
Your best, cheapest bet for making international calls from Peru is to head to any Internet cafe with an international calling option. These cafes have connections to Skype, Net2Phone, or some other VoIP service. International calls made this way can range anywhere from 5¢ to $1 per minute -- much cheaper than making direct international calls or using a phone card. If you have your own Skype or similar account, you just need to find an Internet cafe that provides a computer with a headset.
Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or companies like DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx, which are faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive.
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