Lighthouses of Southern Perú

Located on the central west coast of South America, Perú has a large number of lighthouses, mostly concrete towers of modern design. Many of these towers do not have enclosed lanterns, but they generally have a small gallery at the top and access to the light is by an interior stairway or ladder.

Information about whether many of these light stations are accessible to the public has been hard to find; special thanks are due to José Balta Varillas for his reports from some of the lighthouses, and to Martin Berendsen Leigh and Alessandro Catenazzi for information on several light stations. Tourism is not well developed on the Peruvian coast, except for a few sites favored by surfers. A large part of the coast is not accessible by road. Callao, near Lima, is a major seaport, but most of the other ports are quite small. More information about Peruvian lighthouses and their accessibility would be very welcome.

Lighthouses in Perú are owned by the navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú) and managed by the navy's Dirección de Hidrografía y Navegación (DHN). Retrieved from the DHN website, we have eighteen photos illustrating the common lighthouse designs used in Perú. DHN also manages the lights on the Amazon and on Lake Titicaca.

Some of Peru's lighthouses are located in natural protected areas. A permit from the natural areas protection agency Sernanp is required to visit these lights. Sometimes, these areas are islands under the management of AgroRural, a public corporation that mines the guano deposits produced by seabirds nesting on the islands.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. PE numbers are from DHN's Lista de Faros y Señales Nauticas; Admiralty numbers are from volume G of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA numbers are from Publication 111.

General sources
Lighthouses of Peru
18 photos of lighthouses retrieved from the DHN web site.
Online List of Lights - Peru
Photos by varioua photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
South American Lighthouses
Photos taken in 2008 by Rosalie Beasley.
Phares du Monde
Photos from various sources collected by Philippe Le Bret. In particular, Le Bret has posted the photos from the DHN light list.
World of Lighthouses - Peru
Photos available from Lightphotos.net.
Aviso a los Navegantes - Agusto 2010
Published by Bolivia's Servicio Nacional de Hidrografía Naval, this notice to mariners (a pdf document) has on page 8 a light list for the Peruvian lights on Lake Titicaca.

Faro Punta Thomas
Punta Thomas Light, Huacho Region
Peruvian Navy photo

Tacna Region Lighthouses
#La Concordia (Range Front)
1972. Recently demolished. 19 m (62 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted with blue and white bands. No photo available. The former rear light of this range is maintained by Chile. According to Ivan Vargas, this lighthouse was demolished by the Peruvian Navy after being heavily damaged by an earthquake. Located just north of the Chilean border, marking the approach to the port of Concordia at the border. ARLHS PER-009; Admiralty G1996; NGA 1004.
* Los Palos
1967. Active; focal plane 30.5 m (100 ft); white flash every 6 s. 9 m (30 ft) slender round fiberglass tower rising from a conical base. Lighthouse colored with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located in Los Palos, a settlement about 10 km (6 mi) northwest of the Chilean border. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G2000; NGA 1000.
* Boca del Río
1982. Active; focal plane 51 m (167 ft); white flash every 15 s. 12 m (39 ft) Máncora class square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a square pyramidal base, painted white with a single red horizontal band. José Balta's photo is at right, David Rendon's 2002 photo shows the tower with no lantern, and Google has a good satellite view. Located on a hill behind the town of Boca del Río, about 40 km (25 mi) northeast of La Concordia. Site open (requires climbing the hill), tower closed. ARLHS PER-004; Admiralty G2000.4; NGA 0998.
* Punta Sama (Morro de Sama)
2009. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); white light, 2 s on, 3 s off. 12 m (39 ft) square concrete tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on heights above Morro de Sama, about 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Boca del Rio. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G2001; NGA 0996.

Moquegua Region (Ilo Area) Lighthouse
* Punta Coles (2)
1973 (station established 1900). Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 15 m (49 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted with horizontal black and white bands. We have a Navy photo, Jorge Pineda has a photo, Mario Diaz has a photo, Antonio Montalvo has a view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. The original lighthouse was relocated to Miraflores in 1973 (see below). Punta Coles is often visited by ecotours; it is known for its birds and seals. Located at the tip of a rocky promontory about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Ilo. Easily accessible but a Sernanp permit is required. ARLHS PER-025; PE-32261; Admiralty G2002; NGA 0992.
Boca del Río Light
Boca del Río Light, Tacna Region, March 2013
photo copyright José Balta Varillas; used by permission

Arequipa Region Lighthouses
* Punta Islay (Mollendo) (2)
1930 (station established 1899). Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Upper half of the tower painted red, lower half black. A closeup photo is available, Carlo Navarrete has a view from the sea, Trabas has Capt. Peter Mosselberger's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory about 10 km (6 mi) west of Mollendo in southern Arequipa. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-027; PE-32250; Admiralty G2010; NGA 0976.
Matarani Range Rear
1994. Active; focal plane 67 m (220 ft); green flash every 3 s. 14 m (46 ft) square skeletal tower mounted on a large square concrete base. The upper half of the tower carries a slatted daymark, painted red. Trabas has Capt. Peter Mosselberger's photo, and Google has a satellite view. The front light is on a similar bit smaller tower. Located on a bluff above the harbor of Matarani, in the lee of Punta Islay. Site status unknown. Admiralty G2013.1; NGA 0955.
* Punta Quilca
1997 (station established 1936). Active; focal plane 96 m (315 ft); white flash every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands; no lantern. DHN has a photo, the lighthouse can be seen distantly in a photo of Quilca harbor, and Google has a satellite view. Located atop a very steep bluff near Quilca, a small port southwest of Arequipa city. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-045; PE-31234; Admiralty G2014; NGA 0944.
** Camaná (?)
Date unknown (probably around 1980). Inactive at least since the mid 1990s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) square Máncora class concrete tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands; no lantern. We need information on the history of this lighthouse; it's possible that it was never activated. A closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located just off the coastal road about 15 km (9 mi) east of Camaná. Site open, and José Balta reports that the tower is open and can be climbed.
* La Planchada
1976. Active; focal plane 96 m (315 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower, painted black with a single white horizontal band; no lantern. C. Murgueytio has a photo, DHN has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse is very similar to the Faro Morro Eten. Located on a headland about 55 km (35 mi) west of Punta Atico. Accessible by an unpaved road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-011; PE-31231; Admiralty G2016; NGA 0936.
Punta Atico
1929. Active; focal plane 101 m (331 ft); white flash every 15 s. 18 m (59 ft) round conical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. J.H. Moises has a photo, we have a Navy photo (last row, left photo), the light is silhouetted against the sunset in Enrique Gahona's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a sharp, rocky promontory about 55 km (35 mi) southwest of Chala. Accessible, but a Sernanp permit is required. Site restricted, tower closed. ARLHS PER-023; PE-31227; Admiralty G2018; NGA 0932.
* Chala (Punta Chala)
1974. Active; focal plane 149 m (489 ft); three white flashes every 20 s, at staggered intervals separated by 3, 6, and 9 s. 6 m (23 ft) square cylindrical tower with a small lantern, painted with black and white horizontal bands. José Balta's photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse resembles the Infiernillos light (see below); both towers have vertical vane-like projections. Located on heights southeast of Chala, a small fishing port in the northwestern part of Arequipa. Accessible by a dirt road (4WD recommended). Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-047; PE-31226; Admiralty G2022; NGA 0924.
[Punta Lomas (2)]
2002 (station established 1935). Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white flash every 7 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a conical concrete base. Upper half of the beacon painted red, lower half black. DHN has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The light is in a natural area, and a Sernanp permit is required for visits. Located on a promontory at Punta Lomas, about 50 km (30 mi) southeast of San Juan de Marcona. Site and tower closed. PE-31220; Admiralty G2025; NGA 0920.
Punta Chala Light
Punta Chala Light, Arequipa Region, March 2013
photo copyright José Balta Varillas; used by permission

Ica Region Lighthouses
* Punta San Juan (San Juan de Marcona) (2)
1974 (station established 1935). Active; focal plane 95 m (312 ft); two white flashes every 20 s. 12 m (40 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a small workroom. Entire lighthouse painted white. José Falucia has a closeup photo, DHN has a photo, a distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse is a sibling of the Faro Punta Thomas (see above). Located on a cape projecting into the Pacific about 8 miles south of San Nicolás. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-033; PE-31213; Admiralty G2028; NGA List 0916.
Punta San Nicolás
1959. Active; focal plane 46 m (152 ft); white flash every 6 s. 18 m (59 ft) round tower with lantern and gallery, painted black with one broad horizontal white band. We have a Navy photo (fourth row, center photo), and Google has a good satellite view. Located on the north side of San Nicolás, an industrial port southwest of Nazca. Site and tower closed (private property). ARLHS PER-034; PE-31210; Admiralty G2029.4; NGA 0900.
Infiernillos
1961. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); white flash every 7 s. 8 m (27 ft) square concrete cylindrical tower with lantern, painted with vertical black and white stripes. A photo is at right, and we have a Navy photo (next to last row, right photo), but Google's satellite view has no detail in this area. The lighthouse marks the Islotes Infiernillos, a group of dangerous rocky islets just off the coast. Located on a headland about 50 km (30 mi) northwest of Puerto Caballos. Accessible by 4WD. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-048; PE-31204; Admiralty G2030; NGA 0896.
[Isla San Gállan]
1981. Active; focal plane 385 m (1263 ft); white flash every 10 s. 5 m (17 ft) concrete post rising from a conical concrete base. Beacon painted with orange and white vertical stripes. DHN has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The altitude of this beacon is exceptional. Located atop a high island just off the coast, about 35 km (22 mi) southwest of Pisco. Site status unknown. PE-22202; Admiralty G2034.6; NGA 0888.
Isla Chincha del Centro (2)
1975 (station established 1928). Active; focal plane 107 m (351 ft); white flash every 10 s. 18 m (59 ft) Máncora class square cylindrical tower with lantern on a pyramidal base, painted with orange and black bands. A January 2002 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. A small round tower next to the lighthouse may be a remnant of the 1928 tower. Located atop a bare rocky island northwest of Pisco. Accessible only by boat, and a Sernanp permit is needed for landing. Site and tower closed. ARLHS PER-002; PE-22176; Admiralty G2034; NGA 0856.

Islotes Infiernillos Light, Ica Region, May 2008
Flickr Creative Commons photo by moonshot peru

Southern Lima Region Lighthouses
* Cerro Azul
1974. Active; focal plane 128 m (420 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a conical concrete base. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. José Balta's photo is at right, another photo is available, José Noya has a panoramic view, DHN has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a high cape at Cerro Azul, about 15 km (9 mi) northwest of San Vicente de Cañete. Site open (requires climbing the hill), tower closed. PE-22175; Admiralty G2044; NGA 0846.
Isla Asia
2009. Active; focal plane 130 m (427 ft); white flash every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical white fiberglass tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a conical stone base. Bing has a distant satellite view. Isla Asia is a high island about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) off the coast halfway between the Cerro Azul and Isla Chilca lights. Located on heights at the southwest end of the island. Site and tower closed. Admiralty G2043.5; NGA 0845.
Isla Chilca
1974 (substantially altered in 1999). Active; focal plane 110 m (361 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 10 m (33 ft) fiberglass post light centered on a round strongly conical concrete base. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. A closeup photo is available, DHN has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the west side of Isla Chilca, which shelters the harbor of Puerto Pucusana, a fishing port about 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Chilca. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-001; PE-22174; Admiralty G2043; NGA 0844.
Cerro Azul Light
Cerro Azul Light, Lima Region, March 2013
photo copyright José Balta Varillas; used by permission

Metropolitan Lima (Callao Area) Lighthouses
* La Marina (Miraflores)
1900 (relocated here in 1973). Active; focal plane 108 m (354 ft); three white flashes every 15 s, with 6 s between the second and third flashes. 22 m (72 ft) round cylindrical metal tower, painted navy blue with white bands. Carlos Caicedo's photo is at right, we have a Navy photo (third row, right photo), Patrick Barry Barr has another photo, another good photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This is the original Punta Coles lighthouse (see above), disassembled and rebuilt here in 1973. It has become Peru's best known and most visited lighthouse by far. Located in Parque el Faro (Lighthouse Park) on the seaside in Miraflores, southwest of Lima and southeast of Callao. ARLHS PER-010; PE-22166; Admiralty G2045; NGA 0836.
Islas Palamino (2)
1928 (station established 1897). Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical (concrete?) tower, painted black with a single orange band; no lantern. We have a Navy photo (next to last row, center photo), Bernardo Nieuwland has a 2009 photo, Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island off Callao, about 5 km (3 mi) south of Isla San Lorenzo. Practically inaccessible, due to rough surf and (one visitor reports) unfriendly seals. Site status unknown. ARLHS PER-018; PE-22168; Admiralty G2048; NGA 0828.
Gran Almirante Grau (Isla San Lorenzo) (2?)
1973 (station established 1857). Active; focal plane 309 m (1014 ft); white flash every 10 s. 16 m (52 ft) round metal tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a 1-story square base. Lighthouse painted with yellow and black horizontal bands. DHN has a photo, Trabas has a distant photo by Capt. Peter Mosselberger, a view from the sea is available, and Google has a satellite view. This is the highest traditional lighthouse in South America, having a range of 37 km (23 mi). (The beacon on Isla San Gállan, near Pisco, has a focal plane of 385 m or 1263 ft; see above). This is Perú's oldest light station. Nothing remains of the original lighthouse, an 18 m (60 ft) octagonal stone tower with a focal plane of 299 m (980 ft). Located atop a very high bluff at the northwestern end of Isla San Lorenzo, the large island that shelters Callao harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PER-006; PE-22156; Admiralty G2049; NGA 0812.
La Punta de Callao (1)
Date unknown (probably around 1900). Inactive. 12 m (40 ft) (?) round metal (?) tower, painted black with two white horizontal bands. The lighthouse has been relocated to stand outside DHN's oceanographic institute in Callao. Luis Montero has a good photo, André Ramírez has a 2008 photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the Avenida Gamarra in La Punta, about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) from the tip of the point. Site open, tower closed.
Faro de la Marina
La Marina Light, Miraflores, April 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Carlos Caicedo
La Punta de Callao (2)
1973. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); three white flashes every 20 s. Light mounted atop a high-rise building of the Escuela Naval (Naval School). Google has a satellite view. Located near the end of La Punta (The Point), a long point projecting into the Pacific at Callao. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-012; PE-22158; Admiralty G2059; NGA 0792.
* Torre Reloj (Muelle de Guerra, Callao)
1930 (tower built about 1880). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); two green flashes every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical cast iron tower with a clock and gallery, painted black with two horizontal white bands. The clock has faces mounted on each of the four sides; the light is displayed from a short mast atop the clock. "Torre Reloj" means "clocktower". Ricardo Pella's photo is at right, Sosó Carlin has a 2010 photo, a fine 2008 closeup is available, Eder Lavado has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a short pier on the Callao waterfront. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-037; PE-22154; Admiralty G2058; NGA 0796.
Callao Muelle No. 7 (Petroleum Wharf)
1995. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); continuous red light. Mast mounted on a 3-story harbor control tower, painted white. Trabas has Capt. Theo Hinrichs's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located within the industrial harbor of Callao. Site and tower closed. PE-22136; Admiralty G2055; NGA 0805.2.
Callao South Breakwater (2)
Date unknown (2012?). Active; focal plane about 17 m (56 ft); red flash every 5 s. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) round barbell-shaped tower, colored red. Trabas has Capt. Theo Hinrichs's photo of the original tower, probably seen also in Google's satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Callao's commercial harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. PE-22141; Admiralty G2053.4; NGA 0784.
Callao North Breakwater (2)
Date unknown (2012?). Active; focal plane about 17 m (56 ft); green flash every 5 s. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) round barbell-shaped tower, colored green. Trabas has Capt. Theo Hinrichs's photo of the original tower, probably seen also in Google's satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Callao's commercial harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. PE-22139; Admiralty G2053; NGA 0780.
Isla Hormigas de Afuera
1973 (substantially altered in 1994). Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) round conical fiberglass tower mounted on a 1-story square concrete base. Upper half of the fiberglass tower painted black, lower half white; the concrete base is unpainted. DHN has a photo, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the island. Located on a small island well offshore, about 65 km (40 mi) west of Callao. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PER-008; PE-22127; Admiralty G2062; NGA 0768.
Faro de Muelle de Guerra
Muelle de Guerra Light (Torre Reloj), Callao, August 2009
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Ricardo Pella
Isla Grande dos Pescadores
1973. Active; focal plane 41 m (135 ft); white flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with gallery. Upper half of the lighthouse painted white, lower half red; no lantern. DHN has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 8 km (5 mi) west of Ancón. Accessible only by boat, and a Sernanp permit is needed for visits. Site status unknown. ARLHS PER-041; PE-22125; Admiralty G2063; NGA 0756.
Islote Huaquillo
1973. Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); four white flashes every 20 s. 16 m (52 ft) round concrete tower with lantern, painted in a dark blue and white spiral pattern; lantern is dark blue. We have a Navy photo (second row, right photo), F. Kielselhorst has a photo (last photo on the page), a 2012 photo is available, Cristhian Pezo has a distant view, and Google's satellite view shows the location. This appears to be the only lighthouse of this design. Located on an island at Santa Rosa, near Ancón; the island is connected to the mainland by a footbridge, but it is part of a naval officers' club. Site and tower closed. Site manager: Balneario la Marina. ARLHS PER-050; PE-22126; Admiralty G2063.4; NGA 0764.
Ancón
1986. Active; focal plane 172 m (564 ft); white flash every 4 s. 18 m (59 ft) round concrete tower with gallery. Lighthouse painted orange with a black band; gallery painted black. DHN has a photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Ancón is about 30 km (20 mi) north of Callao. Site open, but it is a strenuous climb to reach the lighthouse; tower closed. ARLHS PER-038; PE-22124; Admiralty G2063.6; NGA 0754.

Northern Lima Region (Huacho-Chancay Area) Lighthouses
Punta Chancay
1973. Active; focal plane 67 m (220 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 11 m (37 ft) round hourglass-shaped tower, painted yellow; no lantern. DHN has a photo, a very distant view is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. This lighthouse is a sibling of the Faro Punta Huacho. Located on a headland at the southern entrance to the Bahía Chancay, the harbor of Chancay, about 50 km (30 mi) north of Callao. Site and tower closed (private property). ARLHS PER-024; PE-22122; Admiralty G2065; NGA 0752.
Isla Mazorca
1928. Active; focal plane 127 m (417 ft); white flash every 10 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a circular concrete base. The lighthouse is (or was) painted with black and white horizontal bands. Le Bret has a DHN photo showing the lighthouse with fresh paint, and Google has a satellite view. Alessandro Catenazzi's photo shows the tower much in need of paint and refurbishment. This lighthouse is a sibling of the Faro Isla Lobos de Tierra (see above). Located on a rocky island 14 km (9 mi) west of Punta Salinas and about 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Huacho. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Site manager: Proabonos. ARLHS PER-014; PE-22118; Admiralty G2068; NGA 0740.
Salinas (Bahía Salinas)
1973 (substantially altered in 2001). Active; focal plane 81 m (269 ft); white flash every 4 s. 16 m (52 ft) 2-stage tower: a round fiberglass post light, painted with red and white horizontal bands, mounted on a 1-story square unpainted concrete tower. The fiberglass tower was presumably added in 2001. DHN has a photo, and Google has a good satellite view. Located on a prominent cape about 15 km (9 mi) south of Huacho. Accessible by 4WD; a Sernanp permit is required although the requirement is not strictly enforced. Site status unknown. PE-22117; Admiralty G2069; NGA 0736.
Punta Huacho
1973. Active; focal plane 81 m (266 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower, painted white; no lantern. The Navy's photo is at right, and Google has a good satellite view. Located on a prominent headland at Huacho. Accessible by road, but the lighthouse is in a possibly dangerous shantytown area. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PER-026; PE-22116; Admiralty G2071; NGA 0732.
Punta Thomas (Supe) (3?)
1995 (station established 1902). Active; focal plane 76 m (249 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 18 m (59 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted black with a single broad yellow band; no lantern. The DHN photo is at the top of this page, a distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. The original light was replaced in 1930. Located on a prominent cape about 40 km (25 mi) north of Huacho. Site status unknown. ARLHS PER-036; PE-21113; Admiralty G2074; NGA 0728.
Faro Punta Huacho
Punta Huacho Light, Huacho
Peruvian Navy photo

Lago Titicaca Lighthouses
Note: Lake Titicaca is a large lake in the Andes on the border between Peru and Bolivia. The lake has an elevation of roughly 3800 m (12,500 ft), so these lights are without a doubt the highest lighthouses in the world. There are additional lights on the lake in Bolivia.
* Puno
Date unknown. Active (privately maintained and unofficial); focal plane about 10 m (33 ft); white light, pattern unknown. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) round metal tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a round stone base. Tower painted with red and white horizontal bands. A photo is at right, another closeup photo and a 2009 photo are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the Plaza del Faro on the waterfront of Puno, at the western end of the lake. Site open, tower closed.
Punta Churo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 59 m (194 ft); white flash every 5 s. 6 m (20 ft) triangular skeletal (?) tower, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view that may show the tower. Located on a promontory at the northern tip of the Socca Peninsula, about 30 km (19 mi) east northeast of Puno. Site status unknown.
Isla Taquile
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 41 m (135 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) triangular tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Isla Taquile is an inhabited island about 45 km (28 mi) east of Puno. Located at the southern tip of the island. Site status unknown.
Punta Pomata
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 69 m (226 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal pyramidal skeletal tower with enclosed equipment room at the base, painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the tower has not been found in Google's satellite view of the location. Located on a high promontory on the southern shore of the lake near Pomata. Site status unknown.
Faro Isla Taquile
Puno Light, Puno, August 2009
Flickr photo copyright Barrys_photos; permission requested
Isla Anapia
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 55 m (180 ft); white flash every 5 s. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with enclosed equipment room at the base, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the tower has not been found in Google's satellite view of the island. Located on an island at the southeasternmost point of Peruvian territory in the lake. Site status unknown.
Isla Suana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) triangular cylindrical mast mounted on a square cylindrical base, presumably concrete, painted with black and white horizontal bands. Sibling of Isla Taquile. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located at the western end of an island, about 3 km (2 mi) south of Isla Anapia. Site status unknown.

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Posted June 2002. Checked and revised October 7, 2013. Lighthouses: 43. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.