Cusco to Lake Titicaca

Cusco to Lake Titicaca

Price: US$ 295 per vehicle (up to 3 people)

Book a private vehicle from Cusco to Lake Titicaca Puno ride with free stops at Inca sites along the way (tickets can be paid in person).

You can travel in 6 different ways from Cusco to Lake Titicaca, or in the opposite direction, from Lake Titicaca to Cusco, explore the transportation options between these two amazing destinations.

Traveling from Cusco to Lake Titicaca is possible by private vehicle with stops along the way, direct tourist bus, guided bus, luxury train, plane, or car.

At Lake Titicaca the amazingly crafted Uros Islands have been built out of locally grown reed following a process that has been passed down for generations among the Uros people. The distinct textiles and traditional folk dances found on Taquile Island are also one-of-a-kind. The people and cultures living on Lake Titicaca’s islands make it so unique. Get to know the largest in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.

Lake Titicaca is easily accessible, with six primary transport options connecting Cusco to Puno, the principle city in the area. Explore below how to get to Lake Titicaca from Cusco by private vehicle:

By Private vehicle

The ride from Cusco to Lake Titicaca takes between 6 and 8 hours, making various stops along the way at archaeological sites, lookout points, rest stops and a restaurant.

Traveling on the private vehicle from Cusco to Puno will enjoy photo stops at the following locations along the route:


Known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas,” this church features an exhibition of colonial art work dating back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


This is the first temple dedicated to Wiracocha, the supreme God of the Incas.

After stopping and visiting the temple, check out the small market near the entrance for souvenirs.

La Raya

The highest point along the route, reaching 14,222 feet or 4335 meters, guests are able to appreciate snow-peaked mountains, alpacas and the amazing scenery of the Andean countryside.


Dedicated to an ancient archaeological complex, the Lithic Museum of Pukara features artifacts dating as far back as 4,000 B.C. Additionally, there is time to try locally-grown, organic coffee or the more uncommon exotic coffee, using beans that have been passed through the digestive system of the coati, a mammal native to the Amazon Jungle.

PROS of booking this way to get Lake Titicaca from Cusco

  • The most flexible and taylor-made option
  • Interesting stops visited
  • Passing through the scenic highlands
  • Daily departures

CONS of booking this way to get Lake Titicaca from Cusco

  • Not a luxurious option as traveling by train

Drive Cusco to Puno doing stop at Rainbow Mountain. Amantani homestay tour and Sillustani tour en route to Juliaca airport.

By Train

The train from Cusco to Lake Titicaca is longer than the bus ride, lasting just over 10 hours. While the bus features first class accommodations for a vehicle of its variety, the first class accommodations on the train are significantly more opulent with lounge-chair seating, fine china and silverware used for first-rate, delicious meals. The train makes no stops, but there is a separate lookout-car where guests can leisurely enjoy the scenery of the Peruvian highlands.


  • Luxurious
  • Seeing the highlands along the way
  • Lunch included


  • No stops along the way
  • Most expensive option
  • Only departs three times per week*

*The Peru Rail Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno departs every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday while the return train from Puno to Cusco departs every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.

By Plane

To travel from Cusco to Lake Titicaca by plane, you can catch an hour long flight to the Juliaca airport. Most best hotels in Puno are located just over one hour from the airport by car. There are one or two direct flights departing Cusco daily, depending on the season. These flights arrive to Juliaca in the late morning or early afternoon, rather than in the evening like the other options.


  • Shortest travel time
  • Budget-friendly
  • Daily departures


  • Skips over the beautiful overland route
  • No meals included

By Car

The sixth option to reach Lake Titicaca from Cusco is by a private transfer. This direct route lasts between 6 and 7 hours.


  • Private experience
  • Seeing the highlands along the way
  • Door to door service between hotels


  • No stops along the way
  • No meals included
  • Expensive compared to the bus and flight options

Above all, the mode of transport you choose depends on your personal preference and budget. There are spectacular views on the overland route, especially as you approach Lake Titicaca, but flying may be the best fit for you. Reach out to one of our personal travel advisor to discuss these options further!

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How to book

  1. You can get it fully booked by paying an Initial Amount via PayPal and the Total Balance must be paid in USD or PEN cash at the end of tour, then this is how you’ll get your Tour Confirmation from us.
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