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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
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,
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