The department of Puno borders Bolivia on the East and Cusco and Arequipa on the West. The city of Puno serves as a gateway to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. The city of Puno is also considered to be the 'folkloric capital' of Peru, as it is home to the Aymara and Quechua people.
What to do in Puno
Puno is a city in southern Peru at 3,810 meters high. Puno is a regional trading hub that serves as gateway to Lake Titicaca. It is also home to many cathedrals and shops around the plaza.
Mirador Cruz del Cóndor is a viewpoint at 3,287 meters and serves as a great way to see Lake Titicaca and the city of Puno. The hike up the stairs at this elevation makes the journey a lot more intense. However, the real breathtaking part is the view at the end.
The Floating Uros Islands are home to the Uru, who are indigenous people of Peru and Bolivia. The Uru live on islands made of living reeds that float around the lake. The Uros have lived on the islands for centuries.
Taquile Island is on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca and is home to Taquileños who speak Puno Quechua. The highest point of the island is 4,050 meters and is home to some great views of Lake Titicaca.
Amantani island is on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca and is home to many families that speak Quechua. I recommend staying in an overnight homestay on the island with a host family to truly experience the culture of this incredible island.