Puno is a city in southern Peru located by Lake Titicaca, one of the largest lakes in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.
The Department of Puno is located in the southeastern part of the Peruvian territory between 13° 00′ and 17° 08′ latitude South and 71° 08′ and 68° 50′ longitude West of the Greenwich meridian, in a territory of approximately 72,000 km², it represents 5.6% of the Peruvian territory, with a population of 1’200,000 inhabitants, of which 60% is rural and 40% is urban.
70% of the territory is located in the Collao plateau and 30% occupies the Amazon region.
The capital of the department is the city of Puno, on the shores of the mythical Lake Titikaka, the highest navigable lake in the world, at 3,827 meters above sea level. It is the center of conjunction of two great cultures: Quechua and Aymara; those that propitiated an incomparable patrimony of customs, rites and beliefs. The main cities are: Puno, Juliaca, Juli, Azángaro, Lampa and Ayaviri.