Enjoy the popular city of Puno
Situated in southeastern Peru at the edge of Lake Titicaca, Puno is the capital of the Puno region and the Puno province. Puno is also the largest city in this region of Peru. The city of Puno is situated at an elevation of 3860 m above sea level next to the world's highest navigable lake and commands some stunning views.
Puno is popular as an attraction as it is believed to have been the cradle of the Inca civilization. According to Inca legend, the first Inca 'Manco Capac' rose from the waters of the Lake to found the Inca Empire in obedience to the Sun God. While we do not know exactly how Puno came about, it is certain that the city has enjoyed a long and interesting history. It has also enjoyed many years as the capital of various provinces. It was first established as a capital in 1668 - a position which brought with it change. A number of Spanish priests arrived and built many of the churches still standing today. However, despite the eagerness of the priests the people of Puno managed to retain a large number of folk traditions. Visitors to Puno may be fortunate enough to witness some of these varied and colorful affairs which are rated as some of the richest and most dazzling folklore ceremonies on the continent.
Puno is also popular with visitors who have come to see the 40 or so man-made floating islands on Lake Titicaca. The islands were originally built by the Uros people many hundreds of years ago in order to escape the Inca people. Today some descendants of the Uros people still live on the islands, maintaining them and living off the waters of the lake. If you are planning to visit the city, you should be able to find a few good hotels in Puno quite easily. Or you might try looking at the cheap hostels in Puno. Whatever the case, why not spend a day or two visiting this city and enjoy the many cultural delights it has to offer...