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About Puno

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* Puno has been designated to become a Special Economic Zone or “Zona Economica” by Peru’s president, Alan Garcia.

* The area surrounding the city of Puno was where the Aymara civilization started.

* Puno has been named the “Capital folklórica del Perú” (folkloric capital of Peru) from its wealths in artistic and cultural expressions, particularly for its dances.

* Knitting and textile arts have been practices for thousands of years by both the men and women equally on the island of Taquile, (Isla Taquile) in the middle of Lake Titicaca.

History:

Like most of northern Peru, the territory of Puno´s importance to the vast Inca empire was reflected in a legendary connection.

Inca legends have it that Manco Capac, the first Inca, rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca, under the orders of the Sun God, to start the Inca Empire, which would be centered in the neighboring region and city of Cusco.

In 1668, viceroy Conde de Lemos established San Juan Bautista de Puno as the capital of the province of Paucarcolla. Later, it was called San Carlos de Puno in honor of the ruling king, Charles II of Spain.

From that moment, the town began to change physically, as the Spanish priests, in their eagerness to evangelize the natives, built the churches which still stand today.

Culture and Folklore:

Puno has been named the “Capital folklórica del Perú” (folklorick capital of Peru) from the wealth of its artistic and cultural expressions, particularly its dances.

They are most notable during the celebrations of the Feast of the “Virgen de la Candelaria” and the Regional Competition of Autochthonous Dances. Taking Photos

If you enjoy documenting your experiences with photography, a phenomenon you are sure to encounter in Puno is that MOST locals seem to hate getting pictures taken of them. Unless you’ve got a long lens, catching a natural shot of a local is a challenge.

At first you may chalk this up to thinking the people are just camera shy, but it’s actually much more than that…

Once you learn about the local culture, religions, and superstitions, you will discover that most locals believe that your camera sort of “sucks” out their soul when you take their picture. They are quite adamant about avoiding looking into your lens. We recommend that you are understanding of this idea and respectful to the people – and don’t push them…

So what’s the best way to get a great shot of a local “being natural”? Smiling helps, and paying money is always a good strategy…

 

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