Puno

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strong ties

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huge metal

. There is less than 2 miles of flat land between the shores and the foothills, which has caused the growing city to continue to expand upwards onto the hillsides. As a result, the town's less developed and poorest areas, which are high on the hillsides, often have very steep streets, which are generally not paved and cannot be accessed by automobile. Up one of these streets is the Kuntur Wasi viewpoint, which has a huge metal sculpture of a condor. There are some 700 steps to climb to reach the sculpture but the view across the city and Lake Titicaca beyond is breathtaking. During the celebrations of the Feast of the "Virgen de la Candelaria" and the Regional Competition of Autochthonous Dances. Puno's access to Lake Titicaca is surrounded by 41 floating islands. To this day, the Uros people maintain and live on these man-made islands, depending on the lake for their survival, and are a large tourist destination. Dragon Boat racing, an old tradition in Puno, is a very popular activity amongst tourists. Puno is the first major hub in the constant migration of indigenous peoples of the Andes to the larger cities of Peru. It is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and is the recipient of new residents from surrounding smaller agricultural communities of poorer class of people seeking better opportunities for education and employment. As such, Puno is served by several small Institutes of Technology, Education and other technical or junior college-type facilities. Additionally it is home to what is commonly referred to as the "UNA" or the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano, which was founded in 1856. Weather and Climate As Puno is located at such a high elevation, it experiences more extreme weather conditions than would be expected for its tropical latitude. The average annual temperature is about 15 °C, and the weather never gets overly warm. During the winter months from June to August, night-time temperatures usually drop well below 0 °C. At this high altitude, the rays of the sun are very strong. Most of the annual precipitation occurs during the southern hemisphere summer, with the winter months being very dry. Folklore Music and dance are typical parts of the Puno folklore. The most important dances are the Wifala de Asillo, the Ichu Carnival, the Tuntuna, the Khashua de Capachica, the Machu-tusuj, the Kcajelo, and the Pandilla Puneña. Handicrafts Textiles and other products created from alpaca, llama, or sheep wool are characteristic of the area. They also make musical instruments like the siku (wind instrument) and the charango. The Toritos de Pucara are the most impressive ceramic pieces made. WikiPedia:Puno Dmoz:Regional South America Peru Departments Puno Puno commons:Puno


great view

arm of the Puno Bay. In Chucuito you can stay in Luquina Chico or Karina, in Capachica the community of Llachón is becoming famous, but you can also stay on the other side of the peninsula in Ccotos or the small island of Tikonata. In the city itself you can visit the panoramic viewpoints of the Puma and the Condor statues, but especially the last one has had security issues the last few years. Visit in group or accompanied by locals. Especially the Condor has a great view on the bay. Take a taxi (8 soles) to the top and go down the hundred plus stairs, in 10 min you are on the main square. Also worth visiting: the Dreyer Museum close to the main square, and the Yavari boat museum. 7 soles by taxi (Hotel Posada del Inca). In the last few years a few smaller museums have opened, like the Galindo Gallery with paintings in the Cusco School style, the Paleontological Museum and the Totora Museum. Do There are several llama farms in Puno available for tourists to go to. You can learn about the history and agricultural llama use. Fun Fun! check all the places in can buy souvenirs here for less than in Cuzco or Lima. There is a fairly large market down by the water. Eat Budget * In and around the '''mercado central''' are several budget places to lunch for less than 3 Soles. * Down Jr Tacna from the mercado many restaurants have dinner menus for 3 Soles or so. Mid-range Most touristspots are in and around ''Calle Lima'', with main courses around 20 Soles. A little bit of Haggle bargaining will get you a discount, but don't push it too far if you want your food prepared without any bodily fluids. * Cafe restaurant '''Monterrey''', Pasaje Grau 158, has reasonably cheap and good breakfasts. * Restaurant pizzeria '''Ollantay''', Pasaje Grau 160, has pizzas, trout and alpaca. Ask for ''el menú''. * Restaurant '''Colors''', Calle Lima, has creative nouveau andean and international dishes and free wifi. Really good food and the desserts are fab! * Cafe restaurant '''Sal y Azucar''', Pasaje Grau, relatively cheap but delicious desserts and some savory meals. * Restaurant '''Don Giorgio''', Calle Lima, serves Italian food at very high prices and is the only restaurant or cafe in town with WiFi, according to iPeru (but see above). Vegetarian * Restaurant '''Vida Natural''', Jr. Lambayeque 141. Perfect if you like natural, fresh and tasty vegetarian food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cheap complete menus. Custom dishes on request. Friendly owners. (Closed on Saturdays) Drink * Fruitjuices at one of the many ''juguerias'' on the second floor of the market. * Many gringo spots at or near the pedestrian mall. * WikiPedia:Puno Dmoz:Regional South America Peru Departments Puno Puno commons:Puno


school style

on the bay. Take a taxi (8 soles) to the top and go down the hundred plus stairs, in 10 min you are on the main square. Also worth visiting: the Dreyer Museum close to the main square, and the Yavari boat museum. 7 soles by taxi (Hotel Posada del Inca). In the last few years a few smaller museums have opened, like the Galindo Gallery with paintings in the Cusco School style, the Paleontological Museum and the Totora Museum. Do There are several llama farms in Puno available


puno

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3830 elevation_ft 12556 postal_code_type postal_code area_code website footnotes '''Puno''' is a city in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province with a population of approximately 149,064 (2014 estimate). The city was established


short run

from drowning in gill nets, other threats are probably only relevant in the short run, locally, or if several should manifest simultaneously. Eggs may be collected by locals on a small scale, and this is probably sustainable. Adult birds are not usually hunted as they taste of rancid fish like all grebes. Locally (e.g. around Puno), it may abandon habitat due to pollution and boat traffic; on the other hand, the delta of the Rio Coata at the northern end of Puno Bay seems prime habitat at least seasonally (Martinez ''et al.'' 2006). Overharvesting of reeds will also drive the birds from an area, but generally the threat of unsustainable use of ''totora'' is of less significance, at least in the short term. It is notable that the species evolved on the lake and has sustained several periods of rather pronounced climate change in addition to the normal ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation). It apparently possesses a quite good capability to recover from population declines, which seems an adaptation to the fluctuating habitat availability even during periods of stable climate, as the lake routinely floods and recedes from considerable areas. Apparently, population numbers reached a low point in 1999 due to a severe drought following the "mega-ENSO" of 1997 1998, and have somewhat recovered since then. '''Sillustani''' is a pre-Incan (Inca Empire) burial ground (Cemetery) on the shores of Lake Umayo near Puno in Peru. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called ''chullpas'', are the vestiges of the Colla people, Aymara (Aymara people) who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, although they were probably limited to nobility. Many of the tombs have been dynamited by grave robbers (Grave robbing), while others were left unfinished. WikiPedia:Puno Dmoz:Regional South America Peru Departments Puno Puno commons:Puno


religious images

. Its folklore is nourished from legends and stories (Tall tale) in which mystery and inexplicable things are always present. Towns, lagoons, hills, religious images, always have an origin that violates in an invariable way the rules of logic or biology. '''Puno''' is a region (regions of Peru) in southeastern Peru. It is bordered by Bolivia on the east, the Madre de Dios Region on the north, the Cusco (Cusco Region) and Arequipa (Arequipa Region) regions


local family

a 10 Soles entry fee to the islands. The last boat leaves around 4:30PM. The boat takes you to a couple of different islands (there are more than 50) where the island's "president" explains how the islands are built. Everything is made of reeds, including the islands themselves, the people's houses and their boats. * The Islands of Taquile and Amantani where you can sleep over with a local family. * The peninsulas of Chucuito and Capachica that form the right and left


good business

Lima is a pedestrian walking street with most of the restaurants, bars and clubs. The main reason to visit Puno is to get out onto Lake Titicaca. Almost every hotel will offer some kind of packaged boating deal for the lake, and most of them are good. There is a lot of competition (and good business deals) between the hotels and the tour boats, so most of the prices stay fairly even. If you feel your hotel is making a reasonable offer, take it - a van will be able to pick you up right


publications location

, Peru Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu. The ''Pan American Highway'' runs the country from north to south next to the coast, from

, and to Puno on Lake Titicaca from where steamers and train ferries (Train ferry#Peru) have been run connecting with Guaqui in Bolivia. Peru *Link with Bolivia across Lake Titicaca. The car float ''Manco Capac'' is equipped

Puno

'''Puno''' is a city in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province with a population of approximately 149,064 (2014 estimate). The city was established in 1668 by viceroy Pedro Antonio Fernández de Castro as capital of the province of Paucarcolla with the name San Juan Bautista de Puno. The name was later changed to San Carlos de Puno, in honor of king Charles II of Spain. Puno has several churches dating back from the colonial period; they were built to service the Spanish population and evangelize the natives.

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