In the last years, Puno has become an
alternative point of entrance to Peru, especially for European who after
visiting Bolivia enter by the highway La Paz - Desagüadero - Puno. Also
navigating by the Titicaca to Juli and
then terrestrial way to Puno, beginning there their trip to Peru from south to
north, toward Arequipa and/or Cusco.
The air transportation to Puno is carried out from the Manco Capac airport in
the city of Juliaca located at 44 kms. (27.3 miles) to the
When arriving to Peru from abroad you have several alternatives:
1. - By road or navigating by the Titicaca Lake from Bolivia.
2. - By air to Cusco in international
flight and then by air in domestic flight Cusco - Juliaca, or by bus or train
Cusco - Puno.
3. - By air to Lima in international
flight, and then in domestic flight Lima - Juliaca.
The transportation to Puno by air is carried out from the Manco Capac
airport (JUL) to the city of Juliaca located to the north at 44 kms.
(27.3 miles). From Juliaca usually there are daily flights to Lima, and there are also flights from/to Arequipa and Cusco.
From the airport of Juliaca you can be transported to Puno in taxis with an
average cost of US$20; in minibuses, with an average cost of US$5 per person.
The principal hotels in Puno have transport to the airport.
From the city of Puno three main highways exist,
Puno-Cusco: From Puno to Juliaca 44
kms. (27.3 miles), from Juliaca to Cusco 345 kms. (214.4 miles); the highest
point in this highway reaches up to 4,313 meters above sea level (14,150 feet).
Puno-Arequipa: From Puno to Juliaca 44
kms. (27.3 miles), from Juliaca to Arequipa 281 kms. (174.6 miles), in some
points this road reaches up to 4,690 meters above sea level (15,387 feet). It is
the advisable route if you want to arrive by bus from Lima to Arequipa 1,009
kms. (627 miles) or any city on the Pan-American Highway.
And a third via, to Puno´s southeast, going by the sides of the Titicaca Lake. It goes by the cities of Chucuito 20 kms. (12.42 miles), Juli 80 kms.
(49.7 miles), Pomata 105 kms. (65.2 miles) to Desagüadero 148 kms. (91.9
miles) frontier with Bolivia, and to arrive to La Paz (Bolivia) from Guaqui
(frontier with Peru), 112 kms (69.6 miles).
Puno-Arequipa: 258 kms. (160.3 miles)
approximate time of 10 to 12 hours. Daily departures at night.
Puno - Cusco: 384 kms (238.6 miles)
approximate time of 11 hours. Daily departures.
In the port of Puno exist medium crafts that carry out trips to Bolivian
ports; additionally regular transport exists from Juli and Yunguyo to Bolivian ports.
These trips are carried out amid wonderful landscapes on the highest
navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca, and in modern crafts like yachts
and catamarans with good service aboard. It can be an unforgettable experience.
Also from Puno you will be able to take smaller crafts that carry out rides
and tours to the islands of the Uros, of
Taquile and Amantani, and others offer a
journey by the areas of the Natural Reserve
of the Titicaca.
Puno has all the modern means of communication in telephony, mail,
television, cable television, fax, connections to Internet, courier services.