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Travel Guide South America Peru Puno

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Introduction

View of Puno from the Hill

View of Puno from the Hill

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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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Sights and Activities

  • Lake Titicaca is the main attraction in, or actually around, town. It is possible to arrange half day to multi day island tours at the harbor or the countless travel agencies in the city centre.
  • Shopping there is a large Andean crafts market located right at the harbor that features good deals on crafts. It also has several small food stalls that are the only place to eat near the harbor.
  • Kuntur Wasi is a great hike that takes about an hour or two depending on your shape. Just follow the road up the hill to the large statue of the condor, eventually it will take you to the base of 700 steps. At the top of this hike is a great view of the entire city and the lake.

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Getting There

By Plane

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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.

By Train

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.

By Bus

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.

By Boat

It is possible to take a ferry over to Bolivia from Puno but most people take the bus because it is cheaper.

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Eat

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!

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bothy Backpaker HostelGiron Iquitos 136 (Getting there: Iquitos with Pardo St)Hostel81
Camino Real TuristicoJr Deza 328Hotel89
Conde de Lemos InnJr Puno 675Hotel85
Hostal Don VictorJr. Melgar 166Guesthouse78
Hostal Maria Angola InnCalle Bolognesi N€190 Calle Zela N€277Guesthouse-
Hostal Tawantinsuyu Puno ParkPunoGuesthouse48
Hotel El BuhoJr.Lambayeque 142Hotel-
Hotel Europa PunoJr.alfonso Ugarte 112Hotel76
Hotel Qalasaya PunoJr. Grau 240Hotel-
Inka's RestPasaje San Carlos No 158Guesthouse81
Intiqa HotelJirón Tarapacá #272Hotel84
Qelqatani HotelJr. Tarapaca 355Hotel86
Sillustani HotelJr. Lambayeque 195Hotel80
Taypikala Hotel & SpaCarretera Panamericana Sur Km 18, ChucuitoHotel-
America InnJr. El PuertoHostel-
Mosoq InnJr. Moquegua Number 673Hotel86
Samana Inn PunoJr. Azoguine 202 Manco CapacGuesthouse-
Puma Backpackers HostelJr. Antonio Arenas 150HOSTEL77
Marlon's House PunoAv. La Torre 449HOSTEL84
Pirwa Backpackers Hostel PunoLa torre ave. #492Hostel57
The WalkOn Inn PunoJirón Deustua 901Hostel-
Hostal Helena InnJr. Ayacucho 609GUESTHOUSE-
El ManzanoAv. El Puerto 449Guesthouse82
San Antonio SuitesJr. Huancane No 430HOTEL85
Royal Inn Hotel PunoJr. Ayacucho 438 20 meters de la Plaza de ArmasHotel-
Hotel Colon Inn290 tacna street Puno PeruHotel-
Punuypampa HotelCalle Lima 787HOTEL-
Ollanta InnJiron ILO E-1 (2da. cuadra Jiron los Incas)GUESTHOUSE87
Yavari Ship Bed&BreakfastMuelle del Hotel Sonesta Posada del IncaGuesthouse-
La Casa de Manuelita InnJr. Coronel Barriga 466Guesthouse-
Hotel Kuntur InnJJiron Ayacucho 708 (Parque San Antonio) Barrio San AntonioHotel80
Lucky your HouseAv Titicaca 144HOSTEL84
Inti BackpackersAv. la Torre 137HOTEL87
Huchuy Wasi HostalJr. Iquitos 186 - PunoGUESTHOUSE82
Maison del LagoJiron Lambayeque 140HOTEL-
Rubi PunoJiron Cajamarca 154HOTEL-
Hotel Embajador PunoJr. Los Incas N° 289HOTEL-
Hostal InternacionalLibertad Street 161HOTEL-
Q'anan PachaQ'anan Pacha Uros Floating Island Street Lima 110CAMPSITE-
Cordelius TuristicoJR Tacna N 963HOTEL-
Quechuas BackpackersCalle Santiago Giraldo N� 177HOSTEL-
Casona Plaza HotelJiron Puno no 280 esquina con Jiron ArequipaGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Balsa InnJr Cajamarca n. 555HOTEL-
Hotel Ciudad Del LagoJr. Conde De Lemus 120HOTEL-
Aymarak HostelMa�azo Circunvalacion Sur 135HOSTEL-
Posada Santa BarbaraCalle glorieta 115GUESTHOUSE-
Tayka HostelAyacucho 517HOSTEL83
Hostal Arco DeustuaJr. Independencia 301 Jr. Santiago Giraldo 164HOTEL-
Plaza Mayor***Jr. Deustua 342Hotel-
Huchuy wasi HostelJr. Iquitos 186Hostel-
Hostal Jumbo HouseJr. Independencia # 437HOTEL-
Plaza MayorJr. Deustua 342HOTEL-
La Casa de ManuelitaJr. Coronel Barriga 466Guesthouse-
Residencial Spa WarynayraJR Tarapaca 108HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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