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Puno to Copacabana to La Paz

Departure Days
DAILY

Time of Departure
08:30am

Pick up Location
Any hotel/hostel in central Puno (within 1km of Plaza de Armas).


Note: If staying outside this area or at a residential address, then please select our central meeting point: PACHA SUITE - CAJAMARCA 243 as your pick-up location.

Minimum Time Needed
1 Day

Price
$49

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PUNO – COPACABANA – LA PAZ

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1. Plan your Itinerary – Choose a date and see our recommended schedule.
2. Trip Highlights – A summary of the main attractions covered under this pass.
3. Bus Timetable – All bus times for each stage of this pass.
4. Route by Route Information – Detailed descriptions of each stage of the pass.
5. Important Notes – Up to date information regarding holiday periods or anything else which may affect our service.

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Simply choose your preferred departure date and get your personal timetable within a second. Follow that recommended schedule to see and do it all at the perfect pace or hop off and stay anywhere longer! Feel free to download, print and share it with your friends!

NOTE: The itinerary planner does not factor in any break periods we have (e.g. around Christmas and the fact that we do not operate buses in February). Please check the important notes section under each pass for more information about this.

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Puno to Copacabana to La Paz

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Trip Highlights

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Take a boat to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and visit families living on the floating islands. – Puno
  • Visit the mythical Isla del Sol, according to Inca legend the birthplace of the Sun God, Inti. – Copacabana
  • Free hotel/hostel pickups and dropoffs at every stop. Avoid ripoff and unsafe taxis.
  • Discounts on Salt Flats, Death Road and Jungle tours from La Paz.
  • Discounts on accommodation, food and tours at Puno and Copacabana.
  • Watch our boat float across the Tiquina stretch.

 

Bus Timetable

HOW TO READ:
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise.
Example: Leave Puno on a Monday and arrive to La Paz on the same night.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
LAKE TITICACA TOUR
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PUNO: Full day and homestay tours (1 night with local family) at Lake Titicaca. It is possible to do the 2-Hour Floating Islands Tour at 06:30am at Lake Titicaca and still take the bus at 08:30am to Bolivia the same morning! Make sure you take all your luggage with you on this tour as you will head straight to the bus after the tour.
 HOP STAGE 1
PUNO TO COPACABANA
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
PUNO (DEPART)08:3008:3008:3008:3008:3008:3008:30
PERU/BOLIVIA BORDER11:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:00
COPACABANA (ARRIVE)13:3013:3013:3013:3013:3013:3013:30
*MAIN ACTIVITY IN COPACABANA: Isla del Sol boat trip (4hr round trip). Departs 14:00pm from the White Anchor. Returns in time for our bus the same day. Or stay on the island and return the next day.
HOP STAGE 2
COPACABANA TO LA PAZ
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
COPACABANA (DEPART)*18:0018:0018:0018:0018:0018:0018:00
TIQUINA FERRY CROSSING19:0019:0019:0019:0019:0019:0019:00
LA PAZ (ARRIVE)22:3022:3022:3022:3022:3022:3022:30
*DEPARTURE POINT FROM COPACABANA: WHITE ANCHOR – Please don’t be late or you will miss this bus!
ARRIVAL LA PAZ: Hotel/hostel drop-off.
HOW TO READ:
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise.
Example: Leave Puno on a Monday and arrive to La Paz on the same night.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
LAKE TITICACA TOUR
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PUNO: Full day and homestay tours (1 night with local family) at Lake Titicaca. It is possible to do the 2-Hour Floating Islands Tour at 06:30am at Lake Titicaca and still take the bus at 08:30am to Bolivia the same morning! Make sure you take all your luggage with you on this tour as you will head straight to the bus after the tour.
 HOP STAGE 1
PUNO TO COPACABANA
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
PUNO (DEPART)08:3008:3008:3008:3008:3008:3008:30
PERU/BOLIVIA BORDER11:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:00
COPACABANA (ARRIVE)13:3013:3013:3013:3013:3013:3013:30
*MAIN ACTIVITY IN COPACABANA: Isla del Sol boat trip (4hr round trip). Departs 14:00pm from the White Anchor. Returns in time for our bus the same day. Or stay on the island and return the next day.
HOP STAGE 2
COPACABANA TO LA PAZ
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
COPACABANA (DEPART)*18:0018:0018:0018:0018:0018:0018:00
TIQUINA FERRY CROSSING19:0019:0019:0019:0019:0019:0019:00
LA PAZ (ARRIVE)22:3022:3022:3022:3022:3022:3022:30
*DEPARTURE POINT FROM COPACABANA: WHITE ANCHOR – Please don’t be late or you will miss this bus!
ARRIVAL LA PAZ: Hotel/hostel drop-off.

Route by Route Information

HOPSTAGE 1: PUNO TO COPACABANA

DEPARTURES: DAILY
DEPARTURES FROM: Any hotel/hostel in central Puno.
DEPARTURE TIME: 08:30am
ARRIVAL TIME: 13:30pm
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • Peru/Bolivia border – Our guides will assist you with the necessary paperwork and immigration processes to cross the border. Check with our Cusco office before departure for nationalities that may require additional VISA requirements. Please have your passport and immigration slips in order. Overstay fines should be paid before leaving Cusco.

 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying 1 night in Copacabana. We can help you book your accommodation.
 
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:

  • Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun) – According to Inca legend this small island in the middle of Lake Titicaca was home to their most revered god, Inti, and was the mythical birthplace of the first Inca ancestors. A 4 hour round trip in our private boat takes you out to see the ancestral terracing and ruins of the southern part of the island as well as the existing island communities (includes a 1 hour walk from the original sun temple to the small island town of Yumani). Includes island entrance fee.

 
OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • Climb ‘El Calvario’ hill for amazing panoramic views of Lake Titicaca (sunset).
  • Visit the sacred church and pilgrimage centre of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Copacabana.
  • Hire a kayak or duck-shaped pedalow and head out onto the lake.
  • Relax lakeside with a cold beer and dine on the local speciality of freshly caught lake trout.

 
DROP-OFFS
Copacabana is a small town, where the bus can only drive on one street. The White Anchor is our drop-off point.

HOPSTAGE 2: COPACABANA TO LA PAZ

DEPARTURES: MON/TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT/SUN
DEPARTURES FROM: White Anchor in Copacabana port
DEPARTURE TIME: 18:00pm
ARRIVAL TIME: 22:30pm
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • Tiquina lake crossing – passenger ferry across the Strait of Tiquina. Boat fare is included.

 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying 2-3 nights in La Paz.
 
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:

  • Bike the North Yungas Road – THE DEATH ROAD!!

 
OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • Take the newly constructed city Teleferico (cable car) for the most stunning views of the city.
  • Visit the infamous witch market. Learn the history of the coca leaf and its continued use in indigenous culture in the Coca Museum.
  • Feel on top of the world scaling the infamous peak of Huayna Potosi – 6000+m (3 days).

 
DROP-OFFS
Any hotel/hostel in central La Paz. Click here to view map.

Important Notes

END OF 2017 BREAK

CHRISTMAS SERVICES - Bolivia Hop buses will run through Christmas and New Year as normal except:

PUNO – COPACABANA - NO BUS ON: 24, 25 & 26 DEC; 31 DEC; 01 JAN 

COPACABANA – LA PAZ - NO BUS ON: 24, 25 & 26 DEC; 31 DEC; 01 JAN 

NEXT BUS DEPARTING PUNO: TUESDAY 2 JANUARY 2018

RAINY SEASON 2018 BREAK

JANUARY – buses restart TUESDAY 2 JANUARY and run for several weeks before closing for rainy season.

LAST BUS DEPARTING PUNO: MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY *(ARRIVE LA PAZ: MON 5 FEB)

*MUST follow the minimum recommended schedule - hop offs to stay longer not permitted

NEXT BUS DEPARTING PUNO: THURSDAY 1 MARCH

28 – 30 JULY 2017 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS (PERU)

Biggest public holidays of the year.  Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!