Puno is known as the Folklore Capital of Peru, and legend has it that the children of the sun god, Manco Capac and his sister Mama Ocllo, rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca to build the Inca Empire. Although the Incas invaded Puno, the local population was never fully dominated and the city’s ancestral past can be seen in today’s mix of Quechua (descendants of the Incas) and Aymara cultures that coexist in the region. Puno’s character also reflects this, the city’s colonial architecture mixed with signs of commercialism and modernity, sprawls of cables and neon signs adorning old buildings. While it may not be the prettiest of cities, Puno is a great place to observe the everyday lives of the locals who live around Lake Titicaca, including indigenous peoples going about their business in colorful native dress.
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