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Puno / Juliaca, Peru - Lake Titicaca Provides A Beautiful Setting

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2009 September 2011   » View Photoset (30 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

Bail Juliaca at 4am

I arrived in Juliaca at about 8pm one night and found a budget hotel. I went out for some horrible fried chicken meal. The bed was so horrible I left
Peru Photo - Horses grazing in fields beside Lake Titicaca near Paucarcolla.
Horses grazing in fields beside Lake Titicaca near Paucarcolla.
the hotel at 4am and found a collective taxi-van on the street leaving to Puno by 4:30am. Juliaca didn't look like an attractive town to me.

To Get to Puno

Puno is a bit nicer being beside Lake Titicaca and mountains. Higher in altitude than Arequipa, this area can get quite cold at night. I have passed through Puno twice and stayed here once. I saw a Jesus statue overlooking the city and a giant boat anchor on a hill on my first time. Puno is not exactly a beautiful port town but it is in a beautiful setting. It took less than an hour to get here in a collective taxi-van from Juliaca early in the morning so that I could get on a bus to the Bolivian border passing alongside Lake Titicaca on the way. There are a few street cookups, bread, tea and coffee stalls across the road from the bus depot. In 2011 I came to Puno again, this time from Cusco and I stayed the night this time. The Plaza de Armas has the cathedral on one side,
Peru Photo - A farmer moves his sheep and cattle along a river near Puno.
A farmer moves his sheep and cattle along a river near Puno.
Catedral Basilica San Carlos Borromeo and a monument to military hero Francisco Bolognesi (1816-1880). There are a couple of monuments on the hills around Puno that you can see from the city - an Inca warrior and a giant bird.

Tours to Floating Reed Islands

There are a few tours available in Puno including seeing the floating reed islands called Islas Flotantes of the Uros people. I believe you can stay a night on them with a local family. Some travelers have told me its a good experience while others have said it is a bit fake and put on for the tourists.

Distances from Puno

From Puno I headed south to Yunguyo and across to Bolivia. Distances from Puno to other towns: Chucuito 18kms, Sillustani 30kms, Acora 35kms, Juliaca 44kms, Llave 56kms, Taraco 73kms, Juli 80kms, Pomata 130kms, Yunguyo 145kms, Conima 157kms, Zepita 161kms, Moho 165kms and Desaguadero 172kms.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Puno / Juliaca (Peru) to:


Map location: Puno / Juliaca, Peru. Puno more than Juliaca is a really nice part of Peru beside Lake Titicaca! You can spend a few days enjoying this area. Puno is like the gateway down to Copacabana in Bolivia.
 A : Puno to Bolivian Border - Peru 105 kms 105 kms straight distance | 2hrs 10mins 2hrs 10mins by car (129 kms) | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by bus (129 kms) (129 kms)
 B : Copacabana - Bolivia 102 kms 102 kms straight distance | 2hrs 27mins 2hrs 27mins by car (143 kms) | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by bus (143 kms) (143 kms)
 C : La Paz to Desaguadero - Bolivia 131 kms 131 kms straight distance | 2hrs 21mins 2hrs 21mins by car (148 kms) | 2hrs 49mins 2hrs 49mins by bus (148 kms) (148 kms)
 D : La Paz to Copacabana - Bolivia 166 kms 166 kms straight distance | 4hrs 17mins 4hrs 17mins by car (226 kms) | 5hrs 8mins 5hrs 8mins by bus (226 kms) (226 kms)
 E : La Paz - Bolivia 212 kms 212 kms straight distance | 4hrs 13mins 4hrs 13mins by car (251 kms) | 5hrs 3mins 5hrs 3mins by bus (251 kms) (251 kms)
 F : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 180 kms 180 kms straight distance | 4hrs 31mins 4hrs 31mins by car (254 kms) | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by bus (254 kms) (254 kms)
 G : Arequipa - Peru 177 kms 177 kms straight distance | 4hrs 59mins 4hrs 59mins by car (288 kms) | 5hrs 58mins 5hrs 58mins by bus (288 kms) (288 kms)
 H : Cusco - Peru 334 kms 334 kms straight distance | 6hrs 33mins 6hrs 33mins by car (395 kms) | 7hrs 51mins 7hrs 51mins by bus (395 kms) (395 kms)
 I : Tacna - Peru 244 kms 244 kms straight distance | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by car (409 kms) | 7hrs 45mins 7hrs 45mins by bus (409 kms) (409 kms)
 J : Oruro - Bolivia 385 kms 385 kms straight distance | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by car (444 kms) | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by bus (444 kms) (444 kms)
 K : Chile Border to Tacna - Peru 280 kms 280 kms straight distance | 7hrs 13mins 7hrs 13mins by car (455 kms) | 8hrs 39mins 8hrs 39mins by bus (455 kms) (455 kms)
 L : Camana - Peru 301 kms 301 kms straight distance | 7hrs 29mins 7hrs 29mins by car (458 kms) | 8hrs 58mins 8hrs 58mins by bus (458 kms) (458 kms)
 M : Arica - Chile 294 kms 294 kms straight distance | 7hrs 28mins 7hrs 28mins by car (467 kms) | 8hrs 57mins 8hrs 57mins by bus (467 kms) (467 kms)
 N : Abancay - Peru 394 kms 394 kms straight distance | 10hrs 6mins 10hrs 6mins by car (581 kms) | 12hrs 7mins 12hrs 7mins by bus (581 kms) (581 kms)
 O : Rurrenabaque - Bolivia 307 kms 307 kms straight distance | 13hrs 6mins 13hrs 6mins by car (671 kms) | 15hrs 43mins 15hrs 43mins by bus (671 kms) (671 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Puno / Juliaca, Peru:

Hostal Brisas, Puno, Peru - Large Photo
Hostal Brisas, Puno, Peru (September 2011 - 1 night) - Comfortable and well priced room in the center of Puno. The bathroom was shared. The room was a few floors up and I had views around the city. Recommended.
Hotel Santa Maria, Juliaca, Peru (Apr 2009 - 1 night) - They said they had hot water but didn't, the bed was so bad we left at 4am in the morning and got a ride by co-op taxi-van to Puno by 4:30am.

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