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Condor Hill (Mirador de Kuntur Wasi), Puno

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A long metal wingspan of a condor stretches out against the sky at Condor Hill (Mirador de Kuntur Wasi), 3,990 m (13,087 ft) above sea level. The bird serves both as an important reminder of the community's Andean heritage and, more importantly, as one of the most extraordinary vantage points from which to view the city and the lake. The monument stands at the end of a 620-step staircase--wear proper walking shoes and bring your camera. Use our Puno trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Condor Hill (Mirador de Kuntur Wasi) and other attractions in Puno.
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  • Breathtaking view of the city of Puno and the Titicaca Lake although it is hard to get by the 500 steps there that climb the ascension is paid with this vista.aunque would be good that they retain it better and add some things to complete the attractive...
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  • it was a great workout and a good view, but nothing that fantastic. enjoy the attitude and the increase heart rate.  more »
  • The walk up the stairs was quite a hike up. But the views are amazing and we took our time. We went with our guide since he said he wasn't sure if was safe for us to walk up there by ourselves.  more »
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  • if you're in Puno you should visit el mirador
  • Nice panorama of Puno. But not easy to reach an not really safe place.
  • Very nice view of Puno, the surrounding mountains and the Titicaca lake.
  • The condor viewpoint is located south west of the central plaza. Walking up would be tough as there are many stairs up the steep slope but a taxi from the main square costs between 10-20soles. The view gives you a good sense for the scale of (not particularly picturesque) Puno city and an excellent view out to the lake. the walk back down to the main square only takes 10-15 minutes.
  • In January of 2011 my friend and I climbed the many (and I cannot begin to belittle the amount of), stairs to the summit to share the viewpoint with this wonderful Condor statue and this lovely city. We were heading onward to tackle the Inca trail and thought a bit more altitude training would come in handy, as from memory this tops out around 4100m above sea level. I was very impressed that a monument of this nature was to be found in a place I had heard of only the week previous. Though each week of my South American adventure many cool things were being found. I was originally surprised that whilst the guide book mentioned it - it did not recommend it. I soon learnt why. My friend and I climbed here and arrived around late afternoon on a Saturday. We had been viewing ruins all day and had decided to do this and then head to dinner as we we're heading out to Cusco the following morning. We were exhausted upon arrival and thought a rest was in order. Quite a number of people were around, mostly couples and families. My friend liked to chat with the locals and would quite often disappear. He did again on this occasion. 30 minutes later I started to worry that he had really disappeared. Dusk now came. I was alone, worried about both the wellbeing of my friend and also myself as all the families had left and now the couples were following suit. He finally returned to the monument fresh from his mugging. A couple of locals had taken everything from him at knife point - unfortunately he had the cash on him for his Inca trail trek. He, unlike me, had travel insurance. We went straight to the police. THE POLICE IN PUNO ARE WORTHLESS CORRUPT SCUM........ I could continue ranting about these useless morons however I will say this. Tourism brings Solas into your economy. Keep treating your tourists the way you do - one day there wont be any of us to rob at knifepoint or elicit bribes from! The condor monument is amazing. However, take a rock in a sock with you to club any prick who thinks your belongs are theirs! SERIOUSLY. More importantly pretend muggers are like mosquitoes - avoid heading to this monument during early morning or late afternoon - yep climb it when there is no sunset or sunrise - which can on occasion defeat the point of it!

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Despite the appeal of Lake Titicaca, most accommodations in Puno sit several minutes back from the water, around the city center. Hostels, budget guesthouses, and rooms in private homes make up the majority of sleeping options, with a handful of boutique hotels also available. Consider staying somewhere with easy access to local transport, as you'll likely want to head off on daytrips to the surrounding area during your Puno holiday.
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