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The port city of Puno sprawls down the hillside from atop a vast high-altitude plateau to the shores of Lake Titicaca. While the city and surrounding plains play an important role in Peru´s agricultural economy, the lure for tourists lies almost exclusively in South America´s biggest and most sacred freshwater lake.
Beneath a looming backdrop of the snowy Cordillera Real, the glimmering waters of Lake Titicaca are stooped in history and mythology. According to the Incas, it was from Lake Titicaca that the creator god Viracoca rose up to create the sun, moon, stars, and first people. There are 41 islands rising above the lakes surface, several of which were sacred to the Incas and contain ancient archeological ruins to explore.
Travelling by bus, from Lima (approx. 20 hours), Arequipa (approx. 6 hours), Cusco approx. 7 hours) and Tacna, Chile (approx. 10 hours). The nearest airport is in Juliaca, 45km from Puno.
From May to October the days are sunniest and showers most infrequent. At an altitude of 3800m evenings are chilly are year round in Puno.