Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Puno...Peru's folkloric capital

Before going to the Sacred Valley, we had the time to explore Puno, which is the main city in the Lake Titicaca region. Our Casa Andina hotel was perfectly located, right in the city centre, therefore making it very convenient to explore the city by foot. My first impression of Puno was that it had some resemblance to certain Indian cities, notably, Trichy. Many streets had very narrow paths and sidewalks, similar to "sandhu" in Trichy. People in this part of Peru also seemed very attached to their roots, and the city streets were filled with loads of kids, market and shop vendors, Peruvian ladies walking their kids or grandkids around. Very bustling. The city itself is not modern, but has a rather unfinished look. I found out that many buildings were purposely left unfinished so that the residents would not have to pay taxes! If only that kind of rule applied to Switzerland! Sigh!

As Puno is situated between Lake Titicaca and the mountains, many buildings and houses are located on very steep streets. Walking up these streets can be quite tiring, so we opted for a three wheeler (again, similar to the auto in India) to take us up the hills to enjoy a nice panoramic view of the lake and the city. The cobblestoned streets were very bumpy, making the drive in the three wheeler all the more fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. The driver was kind enough to wait for us to go up and take photos, and offered to bring us back. Now, I can tell you that going downhill in the three-wheeler was a thrilling experience! I was sorry when the whole experience was over!

Next up...the Sacred Valley! Be ready!


DVD said...

I have been to Puno and the city has a special feeling... Not sure if it is because of Lake Titicaca or something else...

Elizabeth said...

That’s true, Puno has “do not know what” that makes you always want to go back to this Peruvian place… I had the opportunity to visit the lake from first hand and that’s because I hosted at the Hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca that is located at the Titicaca Lake itself. From there I get to appreciate truly stunning sunrises… Here you can check out their website:, also they have a luxurious novo-Andean restaurant with great dishes!!! Greetings!


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