Last Stop Before Bolivia
Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
138Trip End Dec 08, 2009
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Puno is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca at 3,800m above sea level. In the past, it was an important city on the trade routes as the Spanish plundered the mineral wealth of nearby Bolivia.
Today, it's a pretty uninspiring place and for many is solely just a stopping off point on the way between Peru and Bolivia. For Peruvians however, its become a major hub in the constant migration of indigenous peoples of the Andes to the larger cities of Peru.
We're sure if you look hard enough there are probably places of interest though we weren't convinced and decided to move straight on after just one night.
One thing we would say however is that the food in Puno was absolutely superb. We found a restaurant recommended in the Lonely Planet and between us devoured Alpaca and Trout from Lake Titicaca. If you can be famous for only one thing I can think of worse things than having great food.