Puno is one of those small towns with history, mysteries, and cultural expression in every corner. This beautiful city borders the outstanding Lake Titicaca, also known as the world’s highest navigable lake. Likewise, it’s isolated culture is nearly untouched by the outside world, making it the Folkloric Capital of Peru.
According to Inca mythology, Lake Titicaca was the birthplace of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, who then started a quest upon the Andean highlands to look for the promised land and establish the newly born empire.
Puno region was home to Pre-Inca civilizations that apparently belonged to the Pucara, Tiahuanaco, and Kolla cultures, which date back to the 1,400 B.C. However, Puno played a major role during colonization since it was a strategic point between Cusco, Arequipa, Potosí, and La Paz.
As aforementioned, this small city is recognized for its cultural expression, where you can find top-quality textiles and crafts, and also experiencing huge religious festivals like the Virgen de la Candelaria festivity. For these reasons and for guarding Lake Titicaca’s shore, it receives over 800,000 tourists per year, making everyone’s favorite attraction in the Andes.
Weather in Puno
Puno is located at 3,830 meters above sea level, situated in the Peruvian Andean region. Therefore, the city of Puno has the distinctive weather of this region:
- Rainy Season: Starts in January and ends around April. Temperatures range between 15°C and 1°C.
- Dry Season: It is considered the coldest time of the year since temperatures can drop below 0°C. Rain chances are nearly nill throughout this period.
However, it is worth mentioning that the weather never gets overly warm in Puno and the sun rays are very strong. For more information about the weather in Peru, make sure to read our guide →
How to Get to Puno?
If Puno is in your travel itinerary, make sure to know your transport options to this majestic land. Here are some recommendations about how to make your way to the Folkloric Capital of Peru:
- By Bus: Puno is easily accessible by bus, either you’re coming from Arequipa, Puno, or Cusco, you’ll have a beautiful experience through the Andean highlands. Likewise, if you’re traveling from Cusco, make sure to take the Ruta del Sol bus ride, where you get to know more of Inca and Pre-Inca cultures. Learn more about this experience here! →
- By Flight: Although Puno doesn’t have an airport, you can fly to Juliaca, which is located 1 hour away from the city. We’d like to note that plane tickets are significantly more expensive than a bus ride. However, if you are on a tight schedule, this will help you save time.
- By Train: Yes, train travel is possible to this beautiful city. The Belmond Andean Explorer connects Arequipa, Puno and Cusco, in a magical ride through the outstanding scenery of the Andes. Get to know more about it here! →
While planning a trip through Peru, knowing your transport options is a must. To help you optimize your time and to make the best choice, we have a complete guide about transport in Peru, make sure to know about it while you’re here.