What to do in Puno, Peru
1. Plaza Mayor, the key site to visit in Puno
2. Cathedral of Puno
3. Corregidor’s House
4. Museums to visit in Puno
- Carlos Dreyes Municipal Museum,
- Museum of coca and customs,
5. Strolling through the center of Puno Lima
6. Best viewpoints to see in Puno
- Cerrito Huajsapata:
- Kuntur Wasi:
- Puma Uta:
7. Excursion to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
- Half day tours:
- Full day excursions:
- Tours of 2 days (or more):
8. Excursion to Sillustani
How to get to Puno
If you are traveling in Peru, Puno can be reached by bus from destinations such as Arequipa (5h), Cuzco (7h) or Puerto Maldonado (12h, Bus Reyna), or Lima (24h). There is also the train line from Cusco (with Perurail) which involves spending more money but the experience should be cool and the Andean Explorer luxury train that also reaches Arequipa. The nearest airport is Juliaca, 50 km away, with flights from Lima and Cuzco.
If you are heading from Puno to Cusco, check out this tour of the Ruta del Sol, which ends there. Also the reverse route.
We crossed the border with Bolivia from Puno to Copacabana by bus, we assume that the return trip will be the same. It takes about 4 hours in total, including the stop at the border to process the visa.
Lodging in Puno
Any lodging near the Plaza Mayor will be well located. We stayed at the Hotel Hacienda Puno Centro Historico and the truth is very good. Other recommended accommodations in Puno are:
- Hotel Hacienda Plaza de Armas
- Casona Plaza Hotel Puno
- Sol Plaza Hotel
Restaurants in Puno
In addition to the Café Bar of the Casa del Corregidor, with a menu of world dishes and Peruvian recipes, if you are hungry or want to have a cocktail, the Mojsa Restaurant is a great choice. And finally, in the Plaza Mayor itself is the cafeteria-bakery Ricos Pan ideal for breakfast or grab some empanadas and eat them on a bench in the square.
Hopefully this article with the best things to see and do in Puno will help you to spend some unforgettable days and to make the most of your stay. Enjoy your trip!
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