Puno Holidays

Nestled snugly between the snow-dusted peaks of the Andes Mountains and the sapphire expanse of Lake Titicaca, Puno is a sight to behold. The world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca straddles both Peru and Bolivia and is often referred to as the birthplace of the Incas. Journey into Peru’s past on a holiday to Puno.

Undoubtedly Puno’s most magnificent - and famous - attraction, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca are as fascinating as they are breathtaking. Built by the native Uros people hundreds of years ago as a refuge from the Incas, the islands have been woven entirely from totora - reeds growing in the lake’s shallows. To this day, locals carefully maintain their traditional homes - boats, houses and even children’s toys all crafted from the reeds.

Board a tortora boat from Puno, and glide across Lake Titicaca. Your tour will take you to one or more of the floating islands, where you’ll meet some of the colourfully-dressed locals and learn about their unique and resilient way of life. Many of their customs and traditions have remained unchanged for centuries.

Cultural treasures and curious cityscapes

While the town of Puno serves mainly as a jumping-off point for Lake Titicaca holidays, the surrounding landscape holds other interest. Sillustani is an intriguing pre-Incan burial ground with numerous chullpas: burial towers built by the ancient Aymara people to house their dead. Within the city, the 18th-century Catedral de Puno is a magnificent landmark. Pause for a drink in the colourful Casa del Corregidor on the opposite side of the Plaza.

Take your archaeological explorations further and pair your holiday to Puno with a trek to Machu Picchu. While you’re adventuring, why not discover the rest of South America? We offer an endless array of South American multi centre itineraries, whether you want to dip your toes into Brazil’s warm waters or climb to the snow-tipped peaks of Argentina’s Patagonia. Get in touch with our Destination Specialists today.

Destination Highlights
  • Tour the incredible floating islands of the Uros people, meeting the locals and learning about their way of life
  • Wander the spectacular Cathedral Basilica St. Charles, in Puno’s Plaza de Armas
  • Appreciate the still and shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake
  • Discover the fascinating Sillustani burial towers, where pre-Incan tribes buried their dead

Time Zone

GMT -5

Flight Time

Approx. 12–13 hours; direct flights are available from London Gatwick three times a week March to October. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports.

Currency

Peruvian sol (PEN)

Visa Information

British citizens will not require a visa for travel to Peru.

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Peru.
  • Lake Titicaca

    Floating Islands of Titicaca

    Nestled amid the snow-draped Andes, Lake Titicaca’s famous floating islands have been built from reeds by the indigenous lake dwellers, a sight that must not be missed on your South American adventure.

Best time to go to Puno

Average temperatures in Puno vary little, and it is colder than other parts of Peru. The best time to visit is between May and October - with November the hottest month. August to October does see some light rainfall, but this is much greater between December and March.

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Average weather in January

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10ºC
117mm

Average weather in February

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10ºC
81mm

Average weather in March

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10ºC
72mm

Average weather in April

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8ºC
36mm

Average weather in May

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7ºC

Average weather in June

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6ºC

Average weather in July

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5ºC

Average weather in August

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6ºC
9mm

Average weather in September

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8ºC
12mm

Average weather in October

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10ºC
24mm

Average weather in November

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9ºC
45mm

Average weather in December

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10ºC
51mm

Events & Festivals in Puno

A number of traditional festivals and religious celebrations take place in Puno each year, drawing both South American and international tourists. Many of these events have been happening in Puno for centuries.

  • La Candelaria

    One of Peru’s most colourful festivals, around 140,000 dancers and musicians take to the streets during February in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The festival celebrates Puno’s patron saint, the Virgin of Candlemas, in a vibrant cultural celebration of dances and rituals.

  • Puno Week

    Puno Week takes place during the first week of November, in remembrance of Manco Cápac, who legend tells arose from the waters of Lake Titicaca to found the Incan Empire. A huge procession makes its way from the shores of the lake to the town stadium, with plenty of dancing and music.

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