Puno was founded on November 4, 1668. Located on the Andean plateau; the town is dominated by the presence of Lake Titicaca, sacred place for the Incas.
Its churches are characterized by their distinctive colonial architecture. Its inhabitants are proud of their Quechua and Aymara past, and their folkloric tradition that can be seen every year in the form of dances and rituals during the Candelaria festival.
The main attractions of Puno are:
It is the highest lake in the world (3,810 masl), it is an important lake in Andean mythology, from which, according to legend, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, children of the Sun god and founders of the Inca Empire, emerged.
Uros Floating Island
It is a group of artificial islands made of reeds, inhabited by Aymara families, floating on Lake Titicaca.
An island inhabited by eight communities dedicated specifically to the growing of potatoes, corn, oca, quinoa, broad beans and peas, while typical handicrafts of the area are textiles and stone carvings. Among its natural attractions are two viewpoints at the highest point, from which the entire lake can be seen.
The area is known for its friendly people, who still preserve traditional customs and clothes. Among the highlights are the laboriously crafted, fine textiles with symmetric and symbolic patterns, with strong colours that reflect Andean customs and beliefs.
Famous for its chullpas, great circular towers built to store the funeral remains of leading authorities for the ancient inhabitants of Collao.