Puno to Copacabana

In this post you'll learn in detail how to get to Copacabana from Puno, Peru.

You would travel from Puno to Copacabana using a tour company or simply go on your own way.

1. Private Direct Transfer from Puno to Copacabana.

2. Guided Transfer from Puno to Copacabana.

3. Puno to Copacabana Small Group Tourist Transport.

4. Puno to Copacabana on your own way.

You've got this option travel due real big buses like Transzela, Huayruro, Tour Peru and others are out of service by the moment.

If you're wondering if traversing the lake from Puno to Copacabana by boat would be more efficient then you have to know that won't work (almost 10 hours by boat).

Here are your options:

1. Private Direct Transfer from Puno to Copacabana

Pricing: $135.00 for 1 person

$155.00 per vehicle (2 up to 4 people)

Fully flexible departure time from Puno and faster than any other options. Your extra money will worth it.

Puno to Kasani borderline time Travel

After the pick-up from your hotel in Puno city our driver will take you to Kasani in about 2hrs 10 min.

On the way two photo stops are offered to fresh and make the car ride more enjoyable. First stop at Aramu Muru (1hour 20min away from Puno). See and marvel the low relieve stone carving and strange huge portal facing to east. Entrance fee should be paid in person at the site, S/. 5 per person.

Second stop at Pomata lookout. The high pass between Puno and Kasani ideal to enjoy and admire how huge is the Lake and magnificent views to the Island of the Sun and snow peaks.

On arrival to Kasani borderline, the vehicle will stop at a "Casa de Cambio" to exchange your Peruvian soles into Bolivian pesos.

Just in front is the immigration office where you have to get on your passport the exit stamp (mandatory to enter to Bolivia).

We'll use two different vehicles on this Puno to Copacabana Private Transfer. So our Bolivian driver meets you in the Peruvian side and then assists you when crossing into Bolivia.

Once you've crossed the stone arch you're in Bolivian territory. On your left hand side is the Bolivian immigration office. Here you'll require to show all  your documentations needed according to your nationality and last updated Covid.

How to enter to Bolivia from Peru

Paper documentation in Bolivian immigration office could last from 15 min to 1 hour in average.

From Kasani to Copacabana we'll be using an auto (with enough room for luggage).

It's only 15 min from Kasani to Copacabana, on arrival we'll drop you off at your hotel, main square or port.

2. Guided Private Transfer from Puno to Copacabana

Pricing: $185.00 for 1 person

$100.00 per person (2 people)

Take advantage over other travelers by hiring a private personal English speaking tour guide and a private transport from Puno to Copacabana doing stops along the way.

A normal 2 hours and 10 minutes car ride from Puno to Copacabana can be done in 3 hours with guided stops at Temple of fertility in Chucuito, Aramu Muru doorway, Pomata lookout and Pomata's church.

Your friendly knowledgeable guide provides clue information about each site. Enrich and upgrade your trip with these strategic stops.

On arrival to Kasani border your guide helps you cross to the Bolivian side and assists you with any issue.

At the same time your guide introduces you to your new Bolivian driver.

Check out here "how to cross to Bolivia from Peru" post for  atthe requirements and Covid-19 updates.

From Kasani to Copacabana we'll use an auto with enough room for your belongings.

On arrival drop-off at your hotel, main square or port.

3. Puno to Copacabana Small Group Tourist Transport

Price: $25.00 per person

It's a shared tourist van departing daily from Puno bus terminal to Copacabana with switch of vehicle at Kasani border.

For the given price we include pick-up from your hotel in downtown Puno to bus station.

Travel time from Puno to Copacabana

Travel time will vary in how long you will spend at the immigration offices in Peru and Bolivia side. I. Peru is faster than in Bolivian due you have to show all your documentations according to your nationality (if you require VISA or not to enter Bolivia). Additionally to this the updated documentations during Covid time.

Puno to Kasani Travel Time: 2 hours 30 min
Border documentation: from 25 min to 1 hour (estimated time)
Kasani border to Copacabana: 20 min.

So you should be arriving to Copacabana in about 4 hours or more.

4. Puno to Copacabana on your own way

Budget: $8.00 per person

If the previous Puno to Copacabana travel options don't fit your possibilities then you can opt to go by yourself.

Here you will know how to travel from Puno to Copacabana taking  local transport although by far is an odyssey that would make you take wrong ways without a proper and real information.

What to Do in Copacabana

Puno and Copacabana are located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and highest navigable body of water in the world.

Copacabana is the perfect place to chill out and is from here you can depart to Sun and Moon Island.

On your arrival to Copacabana you can easily visit the following attractions:

  • Cerro El Calvario: It’s a 30 minutes-walk up the hill to panoramic views of the lake. It’s a popular spot to watch the sunset.
  • Sun Island: According to Inca legend this small island in the middle of Lake Titicaca was home to the Sun God Inti, and the birthplace of the first Incas. It’s a 2-hour boat ride from Copacabana. It’s a very picturesque place where one can enjoy panoramic views of the lake, sights of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, and hikes trough ancestral terracing and Pre-Columbian ruins.
  • Moon Island: Legend has it that this is where Viracocha (the Inca Creator deity) commanded the rising of the moon. It is a tiny island located near the Sun Island on Lake Titicaca, it is home to the ruins of the Temple of the Virgins. Hiking the entire island takes about an hour.
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana: The Basilica is a popular stop for pilgrims in Easter. It’s a beautiful 16th-century Spanish colonial white church, decorated with Portuguese-style blue tiles and rounded domes. The building houses the image of the Virgen de Copacabana.
  • Restaurants: There are many good food options in Copacabana with a multitude of restaurants, cafes, and bars. But the main attraction here is the fresh trout that can be enjoyed in one of the restaurants by the waterfront.
  • Accommodation: There are plenty of options to choose from. We’d recommend to stay one night to enjoy the scenic lake views during the sunset.

The table below shows Puno to Copacabana Bus Departures and Arrivals that used to be before Covid-19. Now, unfortunately all of them are outservice.

CompanyDepartureArrival
Transzela07:00 AM11:00 AM
Trans Titicaca13:30 PM17:30 PM
Trans Titicaca06:00 AM10:00 AM
Trans Titicaca07:30 AM11:30 AM
Tour Peru07:00 AM11:00 AM
Huayruro Tours07:00 AM11:00 AM
Huayruro Tours07:00 AM11:00 AM

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