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FOLKLORE CAPITAL OF PERU
Puno perches in the south eastern highlands or "altiplano" at a breathtaking 3800 meter above sea level. It is situated on the shores of LAKE TITICACA, highest navigable lake in the world. The area, cold and uninviting by some standards, is rich with spectacular landscapes and imposing archeological ruins.
Legend has it that Manco Cápac, the first Inca, and Mama Ocllo, his sister-consort, rose from the waters of lake Titicaca to found the Inca Empire. The royal couple are said to be descendants of the current inhabitants of the lake’s famous floating islands.
Every visitor will find something of interest in and around Puno. Pucara is where we find the area’s oldest archeological remains. Churches that are jewels of colonial architecture are to be found in Chucuito, Lampa, Juli, Pomata, and Zepita. Santiago de Pupuja is an important contemporary ceramics center and the whole region is renowned for its fine wool and alpaca handicrafts. Puno is fairy proud of its reputation as Folklore Capital of Perú.