Situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca the town of Puno itself is not the prettiest but it is a popular place to visit as it is a convienient stop off point between Arequipa & Cusco or for those travelling to/from Bolivia.
Whilst the town itself is not such an attraction this is where you start tours to visit the Uros Floating Islands - a series of man made islands on Lake Titicaca that is home to the ancient Uros peoples.
The islands are made from a kind reed that grows in the lake called "Totora" which has a variety of uses aside from the island construction and you will likely see Totora reed boats on the lake, some quite elaborate (made for tourist of course) that make for great photos.
Further beyond the floating islands are the two natural islands of Taquile & Amantani which offer the chance for visitors to stay with the locals in a "homestay" and really get to learn about the local culture.
Another popular half day trip near Puno is to visit the site of Sillustani which is a pre Inca site on the banks of Lake Umayo that has some interesting burial towers or "Chullpas" as they are known locally. Tours to visit the site often include a visit to a local farmer (they take it in turns as it provides income to them - tips are expected) to learn about how they live , what they eat. You will likely see a pen containing guinea pigs or "Cuy" which are raised to be eaten!
A 2 day trip to the Uros Floating Islands and Island of Taquile located on Lake Titicaca near Puno, Peru. Including a homestay for one night with an indigenous family on the remote island of Amantani. A very popular tour that supports the local economy and give you a chance to witness up close the local way of life. This eye-opening experience will give you the opportunity to get in touch with local Aymara and Quechua communities.
Visit the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile and learn about their unique history and culture on this 1-day/2-nights trip from Cusco. Tourist bus transportation to and from Puno is included in the package. Daily departures at 10 PM.
This 2-day tour from Cusco is a great option to visit beautiful Lake Titicaca and learn about the life of the locals. This itinerary includes the Floating Islands, Amantani and Taquile Islands. You will spend the night in a homestay at a local family's house. Overnight buses from and back to Cusco are included in the package.
Take part in this amazing day trip to the Uros Floating Islands and then to the Island of Taquile on Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru - you will get to go kayaking from Puno till the popular Uros floating Islands and then will continue by boat to the UNESCO honoured Island of Taquile, famous for its high quality textiles. You will get in touch and learn about local Aymara and Quechua communities while having fun on the highest navigable lake in the world.
A 2 day trip to the Uros Floating Islands and Island of Taquile located on Lake Titicaca near Puno, Peru. Including a homestay for one night with an indigenous family on the remote island of Amantani and a kayaking section that makes it even more fun and adventurous! This tour is really popular and supports the local economy and give you a chance to experience the local way of life while having fun on the highest navigable lake in the world.