About Puno - Crucial Information
Puno is one of the most conservative and traditional cities in Peru. Puno is the department that together with Cusco Arequipa and Madre de Dios form the great circuit of the south of Peru and in whose route are the most important biological and cultural natural reserves of the Andean country. Puno is the fourth largest department after Madre de Dios. this city was founded on April 26, 1822 and the
most important festival is the cult of the Virgen de la Candelaria (very old syncretic cult) and was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.
The city of Puno is accentuated on the shores of Lake Titi Kaka which also forms part of its largest natural reserves-
Tourist attractions of Puno
These are some of the most important:
Cathedral of the City of Puno, Conde de Lemos Balcony, Dreyer Municipal Museum
Arco Deustua, Cerro Huajsapata, The House of Corregidor, Mirador Kuntur Wasi
and the National Reserve of Titicaca which is a Protected Natural Area, created in 1978 with the purpose of preserving the natural resources of the ecosystem of Lake Titicaca and the Puna and has an area of 36,180 ha. species of birds, fish and amphibians.
The birds are the most numerous and there are more than 60 species, among which parihuanas or flamingos, huallatas, gulls, keles, chullumpis and leqües (there are also species in danger of extinction). The flora of the lake is represented by twelve varieties of aquatic plants, among which the totora and the llacho stand out.