Puno is a region in southeastern Peru. It is bordered by Bolivia on the east, the Madre de Dios Region on the north, the Cusco and Arequipa regions on the west, the Moquegua Region on the southwest, and the Tacna Region on the south. Its capital is the city of Puno, which is located on Lake Titicaca in the geographical region known as the Altiplano or high sierra. Puno was the territory of the Tiahuanacos (800 A.D. – 1200 A.D.) who were the highest cultural expression of the Aymara people that established themselves in what is today Peru and Bolivia. The Incas took over these lands in the fifteenth century, and the Spanish, attracted by the mining industry developed there, left an important Colonial legacy throughout the entire area.
Starts at noon, around 14:15 PM and takes around 3 hours. The Necropolis of Sillustani is ubicated in the district of Atuncolla approximately 33 km from the city of Puno by asphalted road and at an altitude of 3,930 meters above sea level. Sillustani is a peninsula that is considered to be a funeral centre where you can observe a lot of Chullpas ( tombs) of the Colla culture and after that of the Inca culture. Here you can also observe agriculture terraces.
Starts approximately at 9.15 AM. Duration: 3 hours. The floating islands of Uros are 6 KM from the port of Lacustre ( 30 minutes in motorboat) and are located at an altitude of 3,820 meters above sea level. It has a population of 600 habitants. The Uros islands are an archipelago of more than 40 islands and every island is inhabited according to its extension of 25 to 30 families. These islands are constructed of Totora by the own inhabitants. The same totora is used for the construction of their crafts, fuel and food.
Daily tour. Leaves at 8 AM. Duration: 2 days / 1 night.
Amantani is located 38 km from the city of Puno, 3,950 meters above sea level, 3,5 hours by motorboat. Amantani has similar customs as the Taquile island: it is a beautiful island with warm and hospital inhabitants. It’s greatest attraction is based on the social, ethnic and archaeological aspects. Among its most important and well-known places are the temple ruins of Pachatata and Pachamama dedicated to the cult of the earth. From there on you can have an excellent panoramic view of the lake, as well as a view of the oriental mountain range and the Bolivian side with its mountain range.
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