Tickets Bolivia offers several bus travel options to make this journey:

  • Direct trip: You can travel directly from La Paz to Puno. The border crossing takes place at the Desaguadero migratory center. It takes about 2 to 3 hours from La Paz to the Desaguadero, after this the journey is direct to Puno without stops. The bus companies traveling directly to Puno are: Trans Titicaca (normal bus), Tour Peru (semi lie-flat bus), Nuevo Continente Internacional (lie-flat bus) and Trans Salvador (lie-flat 3 rows).
  • Trip with stopover: The other option is to stop in Copacabana on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. There you can enjoy beautiful views from the Cerro Calvario, a 30 minutes’ walk from the town, visit the Basilica of our Lady of Copacabana, and eat some fresh fish. The bus companies doing these routes are Trans Titicaca, Turisbus, Vicuna Travel, Diana Tours, Huayruro Tours, Transzela.
  • Tourist bus: With Bolivia Hop, you can enjoy this very beautiful scenic route. The bus leaves at 7am every day from La Paz. The journey includes stops along the way to take pictures and a visit to Copacabana. For the Bolivia/Peru border crossing, guides will assist you with the necessary paperwork and immigration processes.

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  • Uros Floating Islands: Founded by the Uros people hundreds of years ago, the islands have been artificially made from the native totora reed. The tours last about 3-4 hours and leave 3 times a day.
  • Amantani Island: Further away than the Uros Islands, Amantaní Island provides a fascinating and authentic insight into local indigenous culture. Tourists can choose to spend a night there thanks to community-run initiatives which will allow you stay in a family home.
  • Taquile Island: Another island well worthy of a visit is Taquile, typically included on an Amantaní tour. Located 25 kilometers from Puno, it is well-renowned for its fine textiles.
  • Sillustani: Back on the mainland, 34 kilometers away from Puno, Sillustani is a pre-Inca burial ground. Here, a series of funeral towers, known as chullpas, were built to house the deceased families of community nobles.
  • Restaurants: Enjoy the fresh fish from the Lake and Peruvian food from one of its many restaurants and cafes.
  • Accommodation: There are plenty of options in Puno to choose depending on your budget. You can also spend a night on Amantani Island in a family homestay.

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