For great views, visit Huajsapata Park, just three blocks from Plaza del las Armas, topped with statues of local legends. Or climb 700 stone steps from the city proper to the Kuntur Wasi viewpoint.
After watching an epic high-altitude sunrise, book a tour or catch a public boat for the half-hour ride to Islas Uros, Lake Titicaca’s famous floating islands. You can easily spend half a day wandering the artificial landscape, with an extra spring in your step thanks to the reeds with which these unique islands are made.
While Puno offers a taste of Lake Titicaca’s attractions, it’s well worth the effort to spend the night out on one of the islands. There are several choices.
If you are seeking a taste of the local lifestyle, Isla Taquile and Isla Amantani offer community-organized homestays, meals and guided hikes around their isolated island paradises.