Puno

Вид на Пуно с обзорной площадки Кондора

Вид на Пуно с обзорной площадки Кондора

With a regal plaza, concrete block buildings
and crumbling bricks that blend into
the hills, Puno has its share of both grit and
cheer. It serves as the jumping-off point
for Lake Titicaca and a convenient stop for
those traveling between Cuzco and La Paz.
But it may just capture your heart with its
own rackety charm.
Smoke from unvented fires wafts through
Puno’s streets, along with jangling waves of
traffic, including mototaxis and triciclos
(three-wheeled cycles) that edge pedestrians
to the narrow slivers of sidewalks. Its urban
center can feel contaminated and cold. But
Puno’s people are upbeat, cheeky and ready
to drop everything if there’s a good time to
be had.
As a trade (and contraband) hub between
Peru, Bolivia and both coasts of South
America, Puno is overwhelmingly commercial
and forward-looking. For a glimpse of
its colonial and naval identity, you only have
to peruse the spots of old architecture, the
colorful traditional dress worn by many
inhabitants and scores of young cadets in
the streets.
Puno is known as Peru’s capital folklõrica
(folkloric capital) – its Virgen de la
Candelaria parades are televised across the
nation – and the associated drinking is the
stuff of legend . Good times aren’t
restricted to religious festivals, though:
some of Peru’s most convivial bars are
found in Puno.