Puno is an intriguing pit-stop and the gateway to Lake Titicaca. There’s the charming Plaza de Armas and its majestic Catedral Basílica San Carlos Borromeo, built in the 18th century. Don’t miss its traditional market – where locals ply their wares of fresh fruits, baskets of tumbling mounds of popcorn and alpaca-woollen-coats - and stop by the Museo Carlos Dreyer with its interesting pre-Columbian and colonial collections.
There’s also the anchored Yavari gunboat, built in the late 19th century, and buzzing restaurants dishing up superb plates of just-caught trout and perch. Time your Puno holidays for November, and you’ll have all this, plus the dazzling sight of Candlemas – a festival in celebration of Puno’s patron saint: the Virgin of Candelaria.
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