The city of Puno is forever marked by the presence of Lake Titicaca, its defining emblem in the minds of many. Lake Titicaca was considered by the Incas to be a sacred site, with its beautiful natural and man-made islands. Not only that, but it is also the highest navigable lake in the world (at over 3,800 meters above sea level).

Puno is more than just Lake Titicaca, though. Puno is chullpas (traditional circular buildings); it is dances and rituals; it is its Quechua and Aymara past; it is the Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria. Puno oozes tourism wherever you cast your gaze.

To travel to Lake Titicaca aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer and the PeruRail Titicaca Train is to travel in the present day on a journey to the ancient past, where visitors can immerse themselves in Inca culture and all the mysteries and wonders at their disposal, waiting to be visited and experienced today. Purchase your train tickets from Cusco to Puno or from Puno to Cusco here.


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  • January 20

    Q´ashwa de San Sebastián

    Known as “Little Carnival,” this celebration marks the start of the main Carnival, or “Huch’uy Poqoy.” It features traditional dances on Huayna Roque Hill, with troupes of Machuaychas and Chiñipillcos. The Q’ashwa de San Sebastián was declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation. Among other activities, it includes a payment to Mother Earth, or “Pachamama,” performed on the guardian hills (“apus”) of Huayna Roque and Santa Cruz.

  • January 16 - February 09

    Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria

    Capital of the Americas. The celebration gets into full swing on February 2 with mass and the procession of the image of Our Lady of Candelaria, accompanied by the faithful, dancers, and sikuri musicians. The festivities feature traditional dance competitions, where hundreds of musicians and dancers compete in colorful garb. The feast is tied to the Pre-Hispanic farming cycles of sowing and harvesting (the worship of the Pachamama, or Mother Earth) as well as mining activity in the region. Puno

  • April

    Holy Week in Chucuito

    The celebrations include flower picking, a range of typical dishes (anywhere from 6 to 12 dishes throughout the week), the building of litters using natural flowers, masses, and processions.

  • May 03

    Feast of the Crosses and Las Alasitas Fair

    The Feast of the Crosses and the Las Alasitas Fair is a special occasion on which locals offer miniature handicrafts at a series of fairs set up in the streets or at traditional sites in each city, symbolizing the objects one wishes to possess, such as houses, cars, and money. Residents travel from all over to buy their miniature objects, in a celebration that also features Bolivian artisans and their work.

  • November 04

    Anniversary of the Founding of the City of Puno

    The city’s founding is celebrated with civic events and dance shows in the streets of Puno. On November 5, the emergence of Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo from Lake Titicaca is reenacted. According to legend, the mythical pair walked out of the lake in search of lands on which to found the Inca Empire.

  • November 05

    Reenactment of the Emergence of Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo

    On the eve of Puno’s anniversary. Reenactment of the emergence of Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, as well as a folklore parade featuring the students of the San Carlos School.