Puno is a port city at an altitude of over 3,800 metres, on the shores of Lake Titicaca on the Altiplano of Peru. Puno is a picturesque hillside city overlooking Lake Titicaca and one of its largest attractions, the Uros Floating Islands. This, and its proximity to the Bolivian border, means that it´s a regular stop on the South American tourist trail
Puno is also the name of the region. The city of Puno is the melting pot of the Aymara and Quechua culture. Most of its inhabitants are of Andean origin and it has a unique mixture of modernity and Andean traditions. Women in traditional clothing live and work next to their modern versions.
Puno’s elevation is about 3,822m (12,565 feet), which means it is fairly cold, especially at night. The sun is blistering hot during the day though and you should wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. During high season (July, August) almost every day one tourist is hospitalized with sunburns, especially after falling asleep on top of one of the sometimes agonizingly slow boats to the islands of Taquile or Amantani. If you arrive from a lower elevation, you might want to spend a day or two taking it easy in order to acclimatize.