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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Neighbourhoods

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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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Events and Festivals

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Weather

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Getting There

By Plane

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Something Erupting

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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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Getting Around

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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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Drink

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Sleep

Upscale

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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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