I am doing the Inca Trail and through research, many believe is that I should try to visit Lake Titicaca next.
Has anyone been there before? Is it worth a 2-3 day excursion? ALso, how difficult is it to get to PUNO from CUSCO and then to LA PAZ?
I only have a month in SA.. so I am trying to cram in as much as possible.
Any sort of hints and information would be great as I am trying to plan my itinerary, so that its going to be feasible.
Thanks for your time
One bus from cusco to Puno (12 hours??). get to puno and book a trip from any of the travel agencies there, i reccommend the 2 day 1 night trip, stay on the lake overnight. From puno it is a simple 5 hour bus ride across border crossings to la paz, enjoy, it was amazing/
It is not difficult to get from Cusco to Puno. You can take an overnight bus departing at 10pm and you arrive into Puno at around 5.30am the next morning.
You can decide if you want to take a 1 or 2 day tour to the Islands. They normally depart around 7.30am - so if you really wanted you can get off the bus and onto a tour!! Tours cost around $30 for 1 day, but check around for good prices...
Puno to Copacabana is 3.30hrs, and from Copacabana to La Paz it takes 5 hours. You can try and get a direct bus from the main bus station, which may cut the time down by a fraction.
Enjoy your trip!
I did pretty much the exact trip you're looking at, and I did it in roughly two weeks, so you should be looking good with a month. I definitely recommend the 2 day, 1 night Lake Titicaca trip. You spend the night with a family out on one of the islands, and though it is kind of a 'dog and pony show' for the tourists, it still is something that will definitely stay with you as a highlight of your trip. You might want to consider a day-trip bus ride from Cusco to Puno; there are a couple companies, and they are more of a tour bus with stops along the way. The stops are not near as interesting as the Inca Trail or Sacred Valley, but still quite interesting and worth a go since you're driving most of the day anyway.
Anyway, feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions. I was down there this past May.