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The city of Puno

The city of Puno is the capital of the department of Puno. It was founded by the Viceroy Count of Lemos, and given the name of "Villa Rica de San Carlos de Puno" in 1668. This was done to end problems associated with the possession of the silver mines of Laicacota by the brothers Gaspar and José Salcedo.

The Cathedral of Puno: Located in front of the Main Square, finished in 1756. Temple of a single nave with the shape of a Latin cross. Its main facade is carved in granite with rich ornamentation, with great influence of indigenous builders, outstanding San Marcos's and San Mateo sculptures.

El Mirador del cerro Huajsapata: Located in the west area of the city on a high hill giving a panoramic view of the city of Puno and Lake Titicaca. On the summit is found the statue of the First Inca Manco Cápac.

Museo de Arte Popular de Puno: Exhibition of several popular art pieces of the region. Located at Deza Street No. 257.

El Balcón del Conde de Lemos: Located at the corners of the streets Count of Lemos and Deustua, it is a beautiful Colonial balcony located on the house of the Count of Lemos.

Museo Municipal Dreyer: Exhibition of a collection of pre-Inca pieces. It is located at Conde de Lemos Street No. 289.


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