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Address: Puno, Peru
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Full Day Tour on the Sun Route from Cusco to Puno
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Great historical stop

We stopped here on a pre-booked tour from Cusco to Puno. There wonderfully large cathedral here and a small local museum to go through that talks about the archaeological ruins... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Alison R
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We stopped here on a pre-booked tour from Cusco to Puno. There wonderfully large cathedral here and a small local museum to go through that talks about the archaeological ruins discovered nearby. It is better to go through with a guide so you can get more details of what you are looking at. There are toilets in the museum to... More 

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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Cute place to stop and walk around the site which is interesting as is the small museum also clean restrooms! The Church from the top of the little shop which has some interesting stuff, also the little street lined with ladies selling there pots scarves etc

Thank Yvonne W
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

We had a good tour guide but unfortunately I was a bit tired at this point on the bus route to Puno. The tour focused on information in the Pukara Lithic Museum which contained pre-inka stone carvings; my history buffs will want to pay attention at this stop.

Thank RedbullBunny
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is mainly a town. Not many tourist here. They do have a small museum with three rooms and some bad toilets. Another shop lets you climb the roof to see ruins in distance.

Thank Michael T
Scottsboro, Alabama
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This was one of the stops on the bus trip from Cusco to Puno. Our tour guide unfortunately did not speak very good English so we were not able to pick up on all the details. Only a few of the exhibits had information in English. This museum would appeal to those interested in details of artifacts and history.

Thank JimOly
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

We took the 10 hour bus trip from Cusco to Puno, with Lake Titicaca being our destination, in August, during our 17 day trip through Peru. It probably only takes 8 hours but 10 hours with the stops as we made several along the way. My husband took the tour/ hike with the rest of the group but the altitude... More 

Thank JaneTucson
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

I found it interesting that the Pukara Culture existed quite earlier, pegged at around 1st millennium BC. This culture is known for its pottery, ceramic Pukara Bulls that ward off evil, and Jatun Nak'aq, El Gran Degollador (The DECAPITATOR). I also walked through the local museum as well showing some of the pottery and sculpture of the time and depictions... More 

Thank Guillermo B
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

The Inca architecture and fortress and access roads and trails never cease to amaze we tourists. The large population of 400 years ago must have been able to literally move mountains.

Thank Robert_Larson72
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

How lucky is Peru to have these many sights to see. The indigenous people of this group are mostly Quechuan descent. Kara means fortress and puka as red, “red fortress” because the rocks turn red during sunset. Pukara (I also see it spelled Pucara) is a site of military ruins. The fortresses are made of large walls, terraces, staircases that... More 

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Puno, Peru
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Went to the site as part of an archaeological project. It is truly amazing. One of the largest pre-Inca sites in the Lake Titicaca Basin. The site itself consists of several sunken courtyards, some that have been fully excavated & others which have not. The museum in Pukara is also fascinating. They have a ton of beautifully carved monoliths and... More 

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