One of our first stops on our Gadventure tour was in Puno, which is a pretty cool place, though not for shopping! Ask your CEO to take you around, though, because some of the churches and sites are rather lovely, and there are some great restaurants if you want to try some local cuisine. If you’re not traveling with Gadventures, I’m sure there are maps, but I couldn’t tell you where to go.
And here you can see a spectacular show among great food at Balcones de Puno! This place hosts years of traditional dance with explanations for each performance and a pipe player that will wow even the toughest audiences (That audience member is my dad, who has approved of the pipe player. You have to hear this incredible music to believe it). If you don’t like this place, I’m really not sure what went wrong! If you’ve taken my advice and are traveling with Cheo, you can ask him to take you to these places.
Obviously it was Christmas. This was the highlight of the Puno area, and is not usually included in the Gadventures tour, though they are very willing to give you the best experience by booking a table for you here. I think most Peruvian tour companies are dedicated to do mostly what you want to do and personalizing your trip.