Health & safety
Puno’s high altitude gives it extreme weather conditions. Nights here get especially cold, particularly during the winter months of June to August, when temperatures can drop well below freezing. Despite the cold, the sun is very strong at this altitude and sunburn is a common problem. The elevation also means that travelers arriving directly from the coast run a real risk of getting soroche (altitude sickness). Plan on spending some time in Arequipa (2350m) or Cuzco (3326m) first to acclimatize, or take it very easy after arrival in Puno.
Attacks on travelers have been reported on the outskirts of Puno. Exercise caution there, even during the day.
Botica Fasa (36 6862; Arequipa 314; 24hr) A well-stocked pharmacy.
Hospital Nacional Manuel Nuñez Butrón (36 9286, 36 9696, 35 1021, 35 2931; Av El Sol 1022; 7:30am-2:30pm) OK option, but better medical services are available in Juliaca.
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