Cathedral de Puno
The most majestic sight within the city itself is the 18th-century Baroque cathedral, a landmark church that towers over the city center. The interior doesn’t quite match its spectacular facade, so the monument is best admired from the adjacent Plaza de Armas, Puno’s most central and attractive square.
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La Casa del Corregidor
Also on the Plaza de Armas is the grandiose and colorful Casa del Corregidor, its highlight being an elegant balcony that overlooks the square. This 17th-century colonial home is supposedly one of the oldest in the city. Nowadays, it hosts a small fair trade artisans store as well as a cute cafe.
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Heading north from Plaza de Armas is Jirón Lima, the city’s primary pedestrian thoroughfare. Cafes, restaurants, hotels, travel agents and bars line this lively strip which is the perfect place for a pleasant afternoon stroll.
Museo Municipal Carlos Dryer
Despite being the city’s most celebrated museum, don’t expect any massive exhibitions. Nevertheless, the museum does hold a solid selection of regional artifacts and textiles, including an unusual collection of mummies with deformed skulls.
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Cerrito de Huajsapata
For panoramic views of the lake and city below, embark on a steep climb up the Cerrito de Huajsapata. Perched on top is a blindingly white statue of Manco Cápac, a venerable character who is credited with founding the Inca empire.