Peru
Puno

Here you’ll find travel reports about Puno. Discover travel destinations in Peru of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

123 travelers at this place:

  • Day2

    Bis jetzt ne echt coole Gruppe, zwei Filipinos aus L.A. eine Walisin aus Kanada, eine US-Amerikanierin auch aus Kanada, mehr nicht. Super nett und entspannt. Perfekt.
    Kurzer Flug, dann eine Stunde Fahrt nach Puno, einer Stadt mit 200.000 Einwohnern, hoch über dem Titicacasee. Wir durchqueren die Stadt Juliaca. Überall Polizei, Menschen werden festgenommen und verhört, egal wohin man schaut. Auf Frage erklärt der Fahrer, dass die Stadt viele Einwanderer aus Bolivien hat und extrem viel Kriminalität in Verbindung mit Drogenhandel. Kaum vorstellbar, dass es ein paar Kilometer weiter ganz anders sein soll.
    In Puno angekommen, machen sich Schlafmangel gepaart mit einer Höhe von 3.800 Metern bemerkbar. Es fühlt sich an, als wäre man in einen Vakuumbeutel gepresst worden. Jeder Schritt ist anstrengend und alle müssen schon nach kurzer Zeit pausieren, Treppen steigen ist fast unmöglich.
    Essen im Restaurant mit interessanter Speisekarte 😁 Und Coca-Energy-Tee, super lecker 💓
    Und dann doch rauf auf den Berg, gaaaaanz langsam mit vielen Pausen, die Lunge explodiert. Aber die Mühe hat sich gelohnt!
    Read more

  • Day76

    Titicacasee

    May 24 in Peru

    Bereits um 06:00 bin ich im Hostel in Puno, wo ich mein Gepäck deponieren darf. Kurz darauf gehts los zum weltberühmten Titicacasee - dem höchstgelegenen schiffbaren Gewässer der Welt und grösster Süsswassersee Südamerikas. Wir besuchten die Uros-Inseln, wo die Bewohner noch ganz traditionell auf ihren schwimmenden Inseln leben, die sie alle 14 Tage mit neuem Schilf bedecken müssen. Spannend aber mehr touristisch geht nicht mehr.
    Weiter zur Isla Taquile, wo die strickenden Männer zuhause sind - ausser es wird gerade irgendein Fest gefeiert (was ständig der Fall ist, und eine Hochzeit wird nicht selten eine ganze Woche lang gefeiert).
    Per Boot zurück nach Puno und um 21:00 weiter nach Arequipa - jetzt gehts Schlag auf Schlag.
    Read more

  • Day14

    Puno, Titicacasee

    April 12 in Peru

    Über Nacht sind wir mit dem Bus nach Puno am Titicacasee gefahren. Gegenüber der Copacabana in Bolivien ein viel größerer Ort und leider nicht ganz so schön. Die Stadt ist überall ziemlich voll. Heute haben wir uns um die Tour für morgen gekümmert und uns bisschen an den See gesetzt.

  • Day12

    Estacion de Puno

    September 26 in Peru

    Nun, das Casa Andines wird nicht unser liebstes Hotel auf dieser Reise. Gegen 11 verlassen wir diesen Hort der Gastlichkeit, und unser Transfer bringt uns zum Bahnhof von Puno, wo die nächste Etappe unserer Reise startet. Ein Sektchen zum Check-in, dann finden wir uns auch schon in der Bar des Belmond Andean Explorer wieder, der uns nach Cusco bringen wird.
    Das Ambiente erinnert uns sofort an unsere Reise mit dem Zug durch Afrika und es ist richtig schade, dass diese Zugreise nur eine Nacht dauern wird.Read more

  • Day12

    Adios Puno

    September 26 in Peru

    Und während wir noch unseren Begrüßungsdrink schlürfen, rollen wir auch schon hinaus aus dem Bahnhof von Puno und aus Puno. Ein letzter Blick auf den Titicacasee...
    Und während wir im Speisewagen unser Lunch genießen, rollt der Zug in Juliaca, einer kleinen Stadt vor den Toren von Puno, mitten durch einen lokalen Markt - die Marktfrauen müssen teilweise ihre Markisen festhalten. So ist das, wenn 2x die Woche ein Zug fährt...Read more

  • Day9

    Am Titicacasee

    September 23 in Peru

    Jetzt geht es los, schon wieder in eine neue Welt für uns. Der höchstgelegene schiffbare See der Welt, der größte See Südamerikas. Lustigerweise finden sich 3 deutsche Pärchen zusammen, doch vor Beginn der Bootstour um 7 Uhr morgens zeigt uns der Guide unser Boot, es ist das achte in der Reihe. Wie dahinkommen? Ganz einfach: über die dazwischenliegenden Boote drüberklettern! Mit Gepäck? Claro!
    Irgendwie haben wir es tatsächlich geschafft und die Bootstour geht los.
    Read more

  • Day65

    Puno

    June 6, 2017 in Peru

    Our day started with a web call with Push Dr, a service that we had included with our travel insurance, to double check whether I needed a rabies shot after my run in with the dog yesterday. Fortunately I was given the all clear however it wasn't particularly reassuring that she didn't know where Bolivia was so we got Simon's Mum to double check for us as well.

    Today we tackled our final border crossing of South America into Peru. Our bus wasn't until 1:30pm so we treated ourselves to breakfast in El Conder & the Eagle, which is run by an Irish guy. We both had a latte which was one of the nicest coffees we have had in a long time. Simon opted for the homemade baked beans and I had homemade muesli with fruit, yoghurt and honey. It was so good to have real Greek yoghurt as in other places in Bolivia, if you order yogurt it's usually pineapple or strawberry flavour which just doesn't work with muesli.

    After breakfast we finished packing and checked out of our hostel, said our farewells to the alpacas and headed to the bus company to drop off our rucksacks. We had a couple of hours to kill until our bus so we sat in a coffee shop on the lake.

    Once on the bus it didn't take long for us to reach the border. We first visited Bolivian customs to get our stamp out of Bolivia. Some nationalities have to pay an exit fee from Bolivia but the U.K. isn't one of them. The Bolivian police however sometimes like to try their luck and con you out of 30 bolívianos. On the way to the border, the bus driver also pointed out a mark on our entry stamp that also shows we don't need to pay. As we reached customs, the policeman looked at Simons passport and asked for 30 bolívianos. After some pointing at the stamp and saying free the policeman nodded his head and let us off the fee. Nice try mate!

    After getting our Bolivia stamps we had to walk across no mans land into Peru where we got our entry stamp. This was very quick and simple and before long we were back on the bus to Puno.

    We were dropped at the main bus station so headed out to get a taxi to our hostel. The bus driver had kindly warned us that we shouldn't pay more than 7 Peruvian soles for a taxi. The taxi driver started at 10 but we managed to haggle him down to 8. We have certainly found our travelling feet now, 2 months ago we would have just paid the taxi man and police at the border.

    From the outside, our hostel looked very dodgy but fortunately it wasn't so bad inside. There is no toilet seat in our bathroom though and the lights don't work! It will be do the job for 2 nights though. Fingers crossed the shower has hot water!

    It was around 5pm at this point so we headed to the main street to locate an ATM, book our bus to Cusco and find somewhere for dinner. We stumbled across a restaurant called Colors which had a set menu which was 30 soles (£7.10) for 3 courses and a drink. What a bargain and it was delicious! I had a Greek salad to start, followed by steak and chocolate cake and ice cream. Simon is now open to trying all different kinds of foods and went for quinoa soup, followed by alpaca and chocolate cake and ice cream. It seems that every animal we take selfies with ends up on our dinner plate at some point. Now we are in Peru we are going to have to try guinea pig at some point too!

    After dinner we went for a wander around the town. Most people miss out Puno as it's considered a dive but the town is actually pretty lively. There are lots of grockle shops to wander round selling all kinds of alpaca goodies. I've had to reign Simon in and stop him from buying ridiculous ponchos and colourful pyjama type pants! I think he is 'finding himself' and turning into a hippie!
    Read more

  • Day149

    Hasta la vista Bolivia!

    September 13 in Peru

    Hüt isch euse letschte Tag in Bolivie gsi - nacheme wiitete sunnige uf dr Isla del Sol, simmer über Copacabana wiiter uf Puno in Peru. Mer hend etz fascht en Monet in Bolivie verbracht und sind vu dem Land sehr überrascht und begeischteret! DLüt sind zwar arm, aber sehr fründlich und mer chunnt sich als Tourist nid als Idringling vor. Und dNatur isch de absolut Hammer! Vu de farbige Seeä im Altiplano, de endlose Wiitene vum Salar de Uyuni, de Canons vu Tupiza, die wisse Gipfel vu dr Cordillera Real, de dicht Regewald, die Tier-riich Pampa, de sunneverwöhnt Titicacasee... mer hätted nie erwartet, ases eus im ärmste Land vu Südamerika so super gfalle het.
    Vor es paar Täg hemmer mal glese was sEDA vu Bolivie schribt:
    Bei Reisen nach Bolivien ist der persönlichen Sicherheit grosse Aufmerksamkeit zu schenken.
    Aufgrund sozialer und politischer Spannungen sind spontane Streiks, Demonstrationen, Unruhen und Strassenblockaden jederzeit im ganzen Land möglich. Das Gewaltpotenzial ist hoch.
    [...] Die Kriminalität nimmt zu, ist immer häufiger mit Gewalt verbunden und richtet sich auch gegen Reisende. [...] Entführungen zwecks Lösegelderpressung kommen ebenfalls vor.
    [...] Es besteht eine gewisse Rechtsunsicherheit. Sie ist unter anderem bedingt durch die verbreitete Korruption und die vermehrt ausgeübte Lokaljustiz der indigenen Bevölkerung. [...] Aufgrund des fehlenden Vertrauens ins Rechtssystem kommt es selbst zu Fällen von Lynchjustiz.
    [...] Die Fahrzeuge sind oft schlecht gewartet, auch Busse und Mietautos. Zusätzliche Risiken bilden das unvorhersehbare Verhalten vieler Verkehrsteilnehmer und der Umstand, dass (Berufs-)Fahrer zum Teil übermüdet oder betrunken fahren. Von nächtlichen Überlandfahrten wird abgeraten.
    [...] Die Sicherheitsvorkehrungen von Booten und Geländefahrzeugen, die für touristische Ausflüge genutzt werden, sind oft mangelhaft.
    Das Unfallrisiko ist hoch. Die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel (Busse, Schiffe und Flugzeuge) sind teilweise veraltet und schlecht gewartet.
    [...] Ausserhalb der Grossstädte ist die medizinische Versorgung nicht gewährleistet.
    Mier chends uf jede Fall nur empfehle! Sicher bruchts chli Toleranz gegenüber teilwis zwiifelhafter Suuberkeit und nu nid top Service, aber dLüt sind sehr fründlich und hilfsbereit - das macht sehr vieles wett.
    Etz simmer im Nachtbus vu Peru Hop und freued eus uf es neus Kapitel in Peru - off to Cusco!
    Read more

  • Day29

    Puno is a sprawling city of some 150,000 people, situated on the shores of the huge Lake Titicaca. The biggest challenge for any new visitor to this city is to survive on the rarefied atmosphere that you have to breathe at nearly 4000 metres above sea level. Even though we have now been living at high altitude for over 2 weeks, we still find that we regularly find ourselves short of breath. It is little wonder that our hotel has a large oxygen cylinder on hand in the foyer for anyone who really needs an oxygen boost.

    Our plan for today was to spend the morning visiting the famous floating islands of Uros. These amazing islands are entirely constructed of reeds and are home to around 2,000 indigenous Uru people. Just why they chose to live this strange lifestyle is open to debate, but the prevailing theory is that they retreated to the middle of the lake to survive attacks from the Quechuan (Inca) invaders, many hundreds of years ago.

    We were met at our hotel by our latest guide. She introduced herself with some completely unpronounceable name, but then said we could call her "Sue". That seemed entirely sensible. After a short bus trip to the port we boarded a private boat for a 30 minute ride to the Uros Islands. Just like every previous day we have had in South America, the sky was cloudless and the conditions were completely still. In other words, a perfect day for a cruise on this huge inland waterway.

    Our journey took us along a channel cut through the huge expanse of reeds and soon we were docking on one of the islands. Some of the local ladies welcomed us aboard as we sank into the soft carpet of reeds that bounced under our feet. The local people have an almost childlike manner and seemed genuinely pleased to see us (and hopefully not just because they wanted us to buy their handicrafts).

    Nearby we could numerous other floating islands, each one liberally dotted with dozens of tiny reed huts. It seems that everything here is made of reeds - the locals even eat them like candy. After an explanation as to how the islands are constructed we were ushered two at a time into individual huts to "spend time" with the owners. This was mainly an opportunity to sell their handwork, but the pressure was not too overwhelming and we all thoroughly enjoyed the unique experience.

    Our visit to the islands was completed by a journey in a reed boat to one of the nearby islands. This was a lot of fun and the warm sunshine really served to make this day a highlight of our adventure so far.

    Soon we were motoring back to Puno and an opportunity to have a free afternoon. I chose to do my favourite pastime while travelling - people watching. I wandered around the city for a most enjoyable couple of hours, stopping at various locations to sit in the warm sunshine and observe the people around me.

    Tomorrow we resume our Peruvian Odyssey as we progress to the lovely city of Arequipa. Our journey will take us even higher into the Andes. I wonder if the bus will be equipped with oxygen ?
    Read more

  • Day66

    Day 2 - Puno

    June 7, 2017 in Peru

    Yesterday when I said I hoped the shower was hot, well it wasn't! So our day started with mucho friyo showers!

    We only had one full day in Puno before we head off to Cusco so we booked ourselves on to a couple of tours with our hostel. Our first tour was to the floating islands of Uros which are on Lake Titicaca. It took around 30 minutes on the boat to get to the floating islands during which our tour guide explained a bit about the islands and the people who live there. The islands are made entirely of reeds and the houses on the islands are made of reeds also.

    When we reached the island we had a very warm welcome from the families that live on the small island. We were given a demonstration of how the islands were made and they explained a little bit about their daily lives.

    Not only can you make islands, shelters and boats with the reeds, you can also eat them. It tasted a bit like soft celery. I don't think I will be rushing to eat any more reeds anytime soon.

    We were then invited to see the islanders home. A lovely lady called Marie who I reckon was around our age kindly welcomed us into her reed hut. She also encouraged us to dress up in some of her clothes which Simon found very entertaining! She was very sweet! We liked her so much, we felt obliged to buy one of her Incan tapestries that she made. Well we hope she made it anyway otherwise we were seriously conned out of £30. She was so pleased that we purchased it, we both got a huge hug and a kiss on the cheek!

    We then headed across to another island on the family's boat made entirely of reeds! But not before being seen off with some songs from the ladies. They even did a rendition of row row row your boat for the two English folk!

    We got back around 12:30pm and our next tour wasn't until 2pm so we ventured out to the market to look for some lunch. We stumbled across a stall where we sat and had some sandwiches and some fresh juice.

    Our afternoon tour took us to Sillustani, a pre Incan cemetery on the shores of lake Umayo, not far from Puno. The tombs are all at various stages of completion which enables you to see how they are created. In the largest tomb which is 12m high they found 35 mummified bodies, which included children. It was really interesting and we were able to walk around them and look inside.

    After visiting the tombs, we stopped for a delicious cup of Peruvian coffee and a Dairy Milk Caramel bar. The coffee has to be the most delicious cup of coffee we have had since entering South America.

    On the way back to Puno, we stopped at a farmers house to look around and learn about how the native people live. The native people only eat meat on special occasions such as a wedding or religious festival. They therefore get their protein from various types of quinoa which we were shown. We were also shown some other strange vegetables that grow in the area and belong to the potato family and then got to see try some of the food. The strangest thing we ate though was edible clay which is apparently very good for ulcers. You eat it by mixing the clay with water until it forms a paste and then dip a boiled potato in it. It didn't taste that bad as they add a lot of salt to the clay mixture so it was just really salty.

    We then had a look around the farmers house which just had one giant bed in it. All of the family sleep together in one bed to keep warm until the children become teenagers, then they sleep in a separate hut. They then have separate huts for the bathroom and kitchen.

    It was very interesting and the farmer also had a couple of alpacas, llamas and sheep including a one day old lamb which was very cute!

    In the evening we went out for pizza at a place recommended in the Lonely Planet which was delicious! We ordered so much though that we now have leftovers for bus journey tomorrow.
    Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Puno, Punu, Горад Пуна, Пуно, San Carlos de Puno, Πούνο, Punjo, Պունո, プーノ, პუნო, 푸노, Punum, Punas, ปูโน, 普诺

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now