Puno is a city located on the western shore of Lake Titicaca in southern Peru and is home to more than 140,000 people. Originally founded in 1668, and named for Charles II of Spain, Puno retains much of its colonial history especially through its architecture, history, culture, and tourism.
Puno serves as a strategic communications center for the southern Peruvian Andes, and its major industries are llama and alpaca wool trading. One other major industry for Puno is that of tourism. With its historical and archaeological sites and beautiful lake views, Puno has become a hub of tourists while visiting Peru.
Puno has also become the folklore capital of Peru with its rich wealth of history, culture, and native traditions, especially that of dance. The Devil of Puno is just one of the many traditional dances that are performed in the Peruvian highlands during the Festival de la Candelaria. Puno, with its close relation to Lake Titicaca, is also a destination for tourists who want to experience the cultural and indigenous traditions of the native peoples of Peru. One major tourist draw to the Puno region is the Uros Islands, which are floating islands originally created by the Uros people hundreds of years ago, and now maintained by their descendants as a tourist destination. Moreover, many tourists visiting Puno will have the unique opportunity to see the interesting pre-Incane, ancient Aymara peoples’ burial grounds known as chullpas. These series of funeral towers house the deceased families of nobles from the community. These chullpas also serve as a reminder of the great need for the Gospel in Peru. Like these ancient peoples, many in Peru do not know the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Puno is also a tourist destination for its rich history and beautiful architecture, especially the impressive cathedrals built during the 18th century. These richly designed churches show the history of Peru’s religious past. However, despite these great religious buildings, Puno is still in a great need of the truth of the Gospel for its people.
Many in Peru still need to hear the truth of the Gospel and of the love of Jesus Christ, who died for them on the cross at Calvary to pay their sin debts. Would you please pray with us that more laborers would go to Peru so that all may hear this truth?