Pirwa Hostels Puno
Pirwa Hostel Puno
Welcome to our hostels in Puno
Pirwa hostel in Puno at Lake Titicaca is a cozy backpacker hostel with dormitories and private rooms, all with comfy beds, heating, and 24hr access to hot water; breakfast is included and there´s a kitchen which is free for guests to use at any time. Pirwa Hostel Puno is ideally located only a couple blocks from the main square of Puno, the Plaza de Armas; since it´s nearby Calle Independencia Lima, our budget hostel places you just five minutes from artisanal markets, ATMs and restaurants and cafés. Best of all, our cheap hostel is just 15 minutes by foot from Lake Titicaca Harbor!
Grab a book from the exchange and relax in the patio, hang out in the movie lounge, or sample some drinks at the bar while trading travel tips with other travelers at the in-house bar. DVDs can be rented to watch in the rooms if you feel like staying in one night, and there´s also free wi-fi and internet if you´d like to share your Puno adventures with friends and family. While out exploring Puno, your belongings will be safe thanks to our security lockers, baggage storage service, and warm reception staff on hand 24 hours.
Our backpacker hostel in Puno is run by husband and wife team Jenny and Carlos, who´ll gladly share with you their knowledge of Puno, its surroundings, and attractions. If you´re looking for a hostel in Puno that offers comfortable accommodation, a central location, and friendly service all at cheap prices, Pirwa Hostel in Puno is the choice for you!
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Puno is known as the "Capital of Folklore" in Peru, due to its astounding number of brightly costumed dances. Its surrounding scenery is imposing: bordered on one end by massive Lake Titicaca, the world´s highest navigable lake, and mountains along the other. To help plan your stay in Puno, you can make use of the maps and information found in reception as well as the in-house travel desk, where you can arrange for tours, transport, or find answers to your travel questions.
The harbor of Lake Titicaca is only 15 minutes from the hostel by foot. Its cold waters shelter a diverse ecosystem of plants and bright birds and its population includes the Quechua-speaking inhabitants of the islands of Taquile and Amantani, who still cling to their traditional way of life, dress, and community collectivist model. Most famous are the Floating Islands of Uros, built by one of America´s oldest cultures, the Aymara-speaking Uros, using the lake´s prevalent tortora reeds, which also provide shelter, transport, food, and barter material.
Another sight you can´t miss are the ruins of the Sillustani Chullpas, burial towers constructed by the Colla but appropriated by the Inca after the conquest. Golden objects, deformed Colla skulls, and mummies from this site can be found in the Carlos Dreyer Museum in the Plaza de Armas of Puno, which also exhibits other artifacts such as pre-Inca and Inca stone and metalwork, textiles, Aymara pottery, and Spanish founding documents as well as pre-Columbian and colonial art.
Condor Hill & Huajsapata Lookouts
At 4017m above sea level, the viewing platform of Kuntur Wasi, House of the Condor, is the best lookout in the city of Puno. Frequently referred to as Condor Hill, it's a climb of more than 600 steps, pausing along the plateaus to rest on the benches when necessary. If you´re worried about the exertion, you can also go by car. From the summit, marked by a metal condor with an 11m wingspan, you´ll have unbeatable panoramic views of Puno and Lake Titicaca. Another option is Huajsapata Hill, a natural limestone lookout four blocks from the Plaza de Armas marked by a 45m high statue of Mancho Cápac, who left Lake Titicaca and founded Cusco and the Inca Empire. Its striking unobstructed views of the city and the lake are not as remarkable as Kuntur Wasi but the lookout is much more accessible.
Casa del Corregidor
The 17th century Casa del Corregidor is one of the oldest residences in Puno, although reconstructions mean that different parts of the home date back to different times. Located next to the Cathedral and Dreyer Museum in the Plaza de Armas of Puno, it was declared a historical monument in 1980. The oldest section goes from the street to the first main patio, which is full of plants, color, and history and made of the same stone as the Cathedral towers. Today the Corregidor´s House serves as a center for promoting the cultural expression of Puno, hosting workshops, exhibitions, and concerts in support of the city´s intellectuals and artists. It houses a permanent art gallery and well as temporary shows, library, and a café-bar often frequented by artists and expats living in Puno.
Amantani Island houses around 4,000 Quechua speakers known for their textiles and ceramics. There you´ll see alpacas grazing along terraced hillsides and two sacred peaks, Pachatata (Father Earth) and Pachamama (Mother Earth) with Inca and Tiwanaku ruins on top. Although they´re closed most of the year, the mountain temples open on January 20th for the annual feast day, when half the population congregates at each temple. Locals choose representatives to race from each peak to a midpoint between the two, hoping to learn what the year to come will hold by seeing which temple is victorious. There are no hotels among the island´s adobe homes, but certain families participate in offering homestays to tourists through travel agencies, as well as demonstrating traditional dances and dress.
See also Tour Titicaca islands