of folklore and of the Peruvian high plateau. Besides
having inherited important cultural, historical, ethnological,
and mythological legacies, this region is the place
of union of the two great Quechua and Aymara Cultures,
which have brought an immeasurable wealth of customs,
rites, and beliefs. Puno is located on the shores of
the legendary "Titicaca Lake," the highest
navigable lake in the world. According to the legend,
the founders of the amazing Incas' Empire emerged from
its waters. Due to its cultural and ethnological appeals
as well as to the variety and warmth of its people,
Puno and its surroundings have become compulsory tourist
sites in all their different aspects. The Sillustani,
Pukara, Chucuito, Cutimbo, and Molloco ruins, remainders
of their glorious past; the Uros, Takile, and Amantani
Isles, and the Llachon Community, with its excellent
landscapes and ancient life styles; the towns of Chucuito,
July, Pomata, and Lampa that preserve their Colonial
wealth make this area one of the important places to
visit when you come to Peru.
Since the first cultural expressions were born from
the mystic element of the ancient cultural tradition,
this place was the perfect environment for the development
of very early human settlements, such as Pukara and
Kaluyo in Peru and Tiahuanaco, Wankarani, and Chiripa
in current Bolivian territories. After these first human
settlements disappeared, their legacies enabled the
creation of regional reigns, such as the Collas, Lupakas,
Pacajes, Kollawuas and others, and later on the formation
of the great INKAS' EMPIRE. The city of Puno was founded
by Don Pedro Gonzalez de Castro, "the Lemos Count,"
in 1668 due to the frequent fights for the Laykakota
Mines. This city shows a special enchantment that is
enhanced during the celebrations of the "Candelaria
Virgin," which is the most magnificent expression
of national folklore.
Located at 3.810 m. high, its surface covers 8,500 km2
and comprises three areas: the Puno Bay, the Chucuito
or Main Lake and the Smaller Lake or Wiñaymarca.
The origin of the Titicaca Hollow is merely tectonical,
the actual basin is fed by several tributary rivers,
such as the Ilave, Ramis, Coata and as only affluent,
the Desaguadero River. Considered as "the Sacred
Lake" or "Pacarina" (source of life for
ancient inhabitants), Lake Titicaca operates as a regulator
thermometer generating microclimates on its surroundings
and at present, it is an essential element of the agricultural
economical structure of the town settled around it.
It has acquired a great mythological and religious value,
since it is a source of life and support of the area
inspiring legends and traditions that are the basis
of the world vision of the Altiplano inhabitants.
Capital city of Puno Department; it has an altitude
of 3.825 m. Located at l.132 Km far from Lima to the
southeast; at 389 Km southeast from Cuzco and 323 Km
to the east of Arequipa.
The entrance to Puno is done from Cuzco, Arequipa, and
La Paz (Bolivia) by land; by air (to the airport of
the nearby town of Juliaca) with several flights from
Lima, Arequipa, and Cuzco (this last one is restricted),
and finally, by train from Cuzco and Arequipa.
3 days - 2 nights
1st Day: Meeting and transport
from Station / Hotel. Accommodation.
2nd Day: Breakfast. Full-day
tour to Uros + Takile Isle (See PUN-003). Return to
3rd Day: Breakfast. Transfer
Out Hotel/Apt. Visit to the Sillustani ruins en route
This program includes:
· Transfer In / Out and visit to Sillustani.
· 02 Nights accommodation according to the hotel
· 02 continental breakfasts.
· Full-day tour to Uros and Takile Isles.
· Guide and personalized assistance.
This program does not include:
Entradas a los atractivos turísticos
Alimentación, excepto los desayunos
Lo no mencionado en el apartado incluye.
· Entrance tickets to touristic sites
· Meals, except breakfast.
· Anything not mentioned in the preceding clause.
The Uros, unique ethnical group in the world, inhabit
the reed mace floating isles. They are settled on the
northern part of the Puno Bay; they are a millennial
race. They stand out for being skilled and clever fishermen
and hunters of birds that cross the lake waters defying
time and storms.