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1. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

I've just been reading a bit in another thread about La Paz and Bolivia and it sounds brilliant.

My dilemma is this: I'll be down in Peru for rough and tough two weeks. After the Inca Trail is all said and done, I'll have about 7 days to get back to Lima to catch a late night flight back to the States. As it is, I'm planning on flying back to Lima from wherever I end up. I would like to check out Lake Titicaca, and I'm just not sure how much time to budget for that. As I noted before, I would love to venture into Bolivia, but on my short time schedule, I believe La Paz would be all I would be able to take in on this venture.

Any thoughts on whether La Paz is a worthwhile destination in and of itself? Would it be pretty easy to book a flight from La Paz back to Lima on short notice? My alternative would probably be to head over to Arequipa in Peru.

Thank you advance for any advice that can be offered!

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I took the train from Cuzco down to Puno, on lake Titicaca (it was a really scenic 10 hour train ride (so that will only take 1 day).

Then you could see Uros Indians on there Island and Isle Taquile (that could be a very interesting day 2).

I traveled from Puno to la Paz (by Bus, a little of that is by ferry) and that only took a day.

Then you could explore La Paz and the area around there.

Then fly form la Paz back to Lima.

You even still have a couple days to spend around lake Titicaca or in Bolivia.

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Forgot to mention that I really enjoyed what I mentioned in the last post. It's a perfect compliment to Machu Picchu & Cuzco. The Islands on lake Titicaca and Bolivia are definitely worth seeing.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Laka Titicaca map:

http://www.peru-explorer.com/PERU-EXPLORER.2002/puno/titicaca_lake.jpg

5. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

I have bummed off enough in another thread about how good La Paz is, the best capital in the world i have ever been.

I am currently in Arequipa where there is a strike on about someone owning the land surrounding the canyon. I wanted to do the Colca Canyon but it is not possible to do it at the mo, and for the forseeable future (could be resolved in 10 mins or even in 3 weeks).

Lake Titicaca was magical, i got to Puno, booked a 2 day trip, 1 night. The next morning the minibus picked us up, went on the trip, saw the floating islands, stayed with a host family for the night, got dressed up in a poncho, girls dress and skirt and danced with the locals, highly reccommend that tour.

So, 1 day getting to Arequipa, do a 1 day tour as you have little time, leave for Puno, do the 2 day tour on the lake (amazing) and then get an 8 hour bus to La Paz direct. You can fly out of here back to Lima. Flights will get you there daily i am sure.
Honestly, DO NOT MISS La Paz especially!

Tarik

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

While in La Paz, I also took a day trip to the prehistoric city of Tiwanaku, located on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca. It pre-dates the Inka by 500 to 1000 years.

7. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

Thanks guys; that was very helpful and you have me even more excited than I was beforehand.

As Colca Canyon was going to be my alternative, looks like I'll take you're advice and head to Bolivia.

As for Puno and the island tour, is that easy enough to book upon arrival to Puno? Sounds like the train might be the best way to get there.

This site is a lifesaver! All the best~

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting john7buck

...the island tour, is that easy enough to book upon arrival to Puno? Sounds like the train might be the best way to get there.

I did a long day tour (not the overnight one like kingwindle) and we booked it in Puno very easily. I also really enjoyed the train ride to Puno from cusco.