October 26th, 2006

Puno is a rather bleak former mining city that hugs the shores of Lake Titicaca. It is believed that from here, Manco Cápac – the first Inca king and direct descendent of the Sun – rose from the lake with his sister to found the Inca Empire.
The people here are both Aymara and Quechua, the Aymaras concentrated mostly to the south and east and Quechuas to the north and west.

Like most things here, you can see in the photos of the cathedral that there is significant earthquake damage. The central roof is gone and a modern clock is placed over  the point where something broke off.

When we were in the city there was a procession and dance by the university students of Puno to honour its anniversary.

Photos attached, click below.

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