Puno, the capital of the region, and Lake Titicaca as seen from Puma Uta viewpoint
Location of Puno in the Puno Region
|Founded||March 16, 1956|
|• Mayor||Martín Ticona Maquera |
|• Total||6,494.76 km2 (2,507.64 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3,827 m (12,556 ft)|
|• Density||34/km2 (88/sq mi)|
Puno is a province in the Puno Region, in southeastern Peru. It borders the provinces of Huancane, San Román, El Collao and the Moquegua Region's province of General Sánchez Cerro. Its capital is the city of Puno, which is located at the edge of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. It is the economic powerhouse of the region.
Some of the highest mountains of the province are listed below:
The province is divided into fifteen districts (Spanish: distritos, singular: distrito):
The province is inhabited by indigenous citizens of Aymara and Quechua descent. Spanish is the language which the majority of the population (45.40%) learnt to speak in childhood, 27.67% of the residents started speaking using the Quechua language and 26.50% using Aymara (2007 Peru Census).
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